Something weird about celebrities is that we seem to always have a set idea of what they look like in our minds. The moment they become famous, we crystalize their image, and think that must be what they've looked like forever.
But (obviously) this is not the case. Celebrities we know in their more senior years were once young too. It's just that actually seeing these youthful versions of our favorite stars is ... kinda freaky. Don't believe us? Scroll on.
First up on our list of celebrities when they were young is Shining star Jack Nicholson.
It seems this famous womanizer was born as a semi-grizzled old man.
Not the case.
But even in his high-school yearbook photo, there was a certain glint in his eye. Isn't seeing actors when they were young weird?
Next on our list of celebrities before they were famous is Bernie Sanders.
The Presidential hopeful was relatively unknown until the past few years.
But here he is at college.
Looking rather like Sasha Baren-Cohen, right? Seeing these celebrity young pictures is kind of unnerving.
The next entry on our list of older actors when they were young is the talented Alan Rickman.
Though he had an illustrious acting career, to many of us, he'll always be Snape.
Which makes seeing him as a student rather strange.
But this image of a teenage high-school student Rickman prove he's always been a Slytherin. Famous people when they were young, who'd have thought?
Who's next on our list of celebrities when they were young? Why it's Golden Girls star and national treasure, Betty White!
The actress with a career spanning decades is now best known as a fierce old lady.
But check out this glamorous shot.
It's clear that in her youth, White was a starlet akin to many we remember as Hollywood greats. Seeing actors when they were young can be so heart warming.
Here comes our next entry of celebrities before they were famous, and his name is Bill Nye.
Everyone's favorite science guy is best known in his older state.
But check this out!
Young Bill Nye - perhaps only recognizable because of his lab location. Celebrity young pictures are truly a piece of the past.
Ever wanted to see these older actors when they were young?
Smith started her acting career in theater, and only became a movie star relatively late in life.
Check out young Professor McGonagall!
She looks every inch the Hollywood star - and it's freaking us out! We told you seeing these famous people when they were young would be cool.
Ready for some more celebrity young pictures?
The previous (sob) Vice President gained celebrity in his later decades.
But look at baby Biden!
Young Joe Biden was hot. We're not ashamed to say it! Seeing celebrities when they were young is weird, but it can also be kinda sexy...
It seems The Grand Tour's host sprung from the womb as a cantankerous old man. But check out these celebrities before they were famous, you won't be disappointed!
But back in the day ...
Clarkson had a much more "can I speak to the manager" vibe. Okay, some of these celebrity young pictures are just getting weird.
Who's next on our list of famous people when they were young? Why, it's rock singer Alice Cooper.
This rockstar seems to have looked exactly the same since he first rose to fame in the '80s.
Not the case!
via: TwitterAs a kid, Cooper presented a surprisingly clean-cut figure.
31. John Wayne
Up next on our list of actors when they were young is The Searchers star, John Wayne. The actor is cemented as a grizzled cowboy in our minds.
But in his youth ...
Wayne was actually pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Who knew these older actors when they were young could be so goddamn sexy!
Next on our list of celebrities when they were young is another famous Western movie star. To most of us, Dirty Harry is an old and (sometimes) dignified man. Remember when he yelled at that chair?
But here he is as a whipper-snapper.
Pre-big-break - but still as recognizable as ever. Actors when they were young, sparking new Hollywood crushes like there's no tomorrow.
Next on our list of celebrities before they were famous, we have Christopher Walken. Have you ever seen this iconic actor as anything other than an adult?
Well, here's teenage Walken.
Looking (weirdly enough) like a male Scarlett Johanssen. Who knew looking at older actors when they were young could be so interesting!
Our next entry on our list of famous people when they were young is Jamaican singer, Bob Marley. Have you ever seen the reggae star without his trademark dreads?
Well, now you have.
Here's Marley aged just twenty years old on his wedding day. We wouldn't have recognized him! Looking at celebrity young pictures is such a mind-bending experience.
On our list of celebrities when they were young is influential director, Steven Spielberg. Despite his heyday being in the '90s, we always picture Speilberg as an older gent.
But here he is back in his younger days.
Riding the Jaws shark with quite the hairdo and mustache combo. Some of these celebrity young pictures are just fun!
Up next on our list of actors when they were young is Hollywood star, Jeff Bridges. The Dude has pretty much always looked the same, right?
Look at young Jeff Bridges! We are shook. Again, some of these celebrities before they were famous were straight up eye-candy!
via: TwitterThe most famous snaps of the scientist tend to depict him as an older gentleman.
But hey, he was young once, too.
via: TwitterIt's so strange to see him without that cloud of puffy white hair!
Up next on our list of older actors when they were young is Star Wars star, Carrie Fisher. Although you may recognize her as Princess Leia, the star tends to be remembered as an older lady.
But here she is as a youth.
The cheeky smile was always there, though. Ready for more pictures of famous people when they were young?
Pp next in our line up of older actors when they were young is Ghostbusters star, Bill Murray. The internet's favorite living meme found viral fame late in life.
But check out this old pic!
Incredible mustache work displayed here. Can we appreciate these celebrity young pictures for the facial hair alone?
To us, she's always been the ultimate Mom figure. But these famous people when they were young looked very different.
But look at her as a young babe.
Martha Stewart is a total hottie - who knew? Seeing these celebrities before they were famous is so fascinating!
Who's next on our list of celebrities when they were young? Why it's Stephen Colbert!The sardonic talk show host is most recognizable as we know him now.
The younger Colbert has a less sarcastic smile.
We totally wouldn't have recognized him here. Celebrity young pictures blowing our minds once again...
To us, he'll always be Uncle Buck. But these actors when they were young looked very different.
Here he's significantly fresher faced.
via: TwitterAlthough there's no denying his face still looks the same.
Up next on our list of celebrities before they were famous, we have British actor, Michael Caine. His role as Alfred in the Batman franchise cemented Caine as an older guy in our minds.
He's actually had a very long-spanning career.
But now, these older images of a younger Caine look kind of ... odd! Older actors when they were young, a strange and wonderful experience.
Next up on our list of actors when they were young, we have Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston. It was his role as Walter White in later life that catapulted Cranston into superstardom.
So this might come as a surprise.
Look at his high school yearbook photo. That's quite a set of bangs. Celebrity young pictures and questionable hair-dos, a match made in heaven.
Sir. Ian McKellen
Who's next on our list of older actors when they were young? Why it's everyone's favorite X-Men star, Sir. Ian McKellen. This national treasure has surely always looked like this.
Hang on - wait a minute!
Who's this cool young fella, then? Some of these actors when they were young looked very dashing indeed!
Up next on our list of famous people when they were young is Country singer and stunning queen, Dolly Parton. You wouldn't say she looks old exactly - more ... ageless?
Which makes this kind of a surprise.
She somehow looks both older and younger at the same time. These celebrity young pictures look amazing!
via: ShutterstockThe iconic host has been an old man for, like, ever.
via: TwitterThis is blowing our minds.
via: ShutterstockAnother actor with a totally timeless face.
Even as a young man ...
via: TwitterHe's still recognizably the Captain Jean-Luc Picard we know and love.
James Earl Jones
via: ShutterstockThe actor who voiced Mufasa in The Lion King has a very identifiable look.
But young James Earl Jones.
via: TwitterGood lord. That's all we have to say.
via: ShutterstockThe epitome of aging gracefully.
But check this out!
via: TwitterYoun Helen Mirren during a stage production looks like a total '60s babe.
via: ShutterstockThis innovator is always remembered for having one classic look.
Which makes this kinda surprising.
via: TwitterWe're loving his long, textured bob with beach-babe waves!
via: ShutterstockThe definition of a silver fox.
And guess what?
via: TwitterHe was a hottie way back when, too.
via: ShutterstockThe R.E.M. frontman has rocked a bald head for decades.
But back in the day ...
via: TwitterHe had these beautiful curly locks. What happened?
via: ShutterstockA funny guy, for sure - but not necessarily a looker.
Wait - we stand corrected.
via: TwitterNot gonna lie, this one blew our minds.
via: ShutterstockYou'd never believe she was seventy-four, right?
But check this out.
via: TwitterWe're pretty jealous of how much she looks the same.
via: ShutterstockA nice man - but a nerd, through and through.
Or so we thought!
via: TwitterDo we also have a crush on Bill Gates now?
via: ShutterstockOne of the most famous scalps in the biz.
But wait - what's this?
via: TwitterWhy do so many attractive men start their lives with bobs?
via: ShutterstockDespite the fact he's been on our screens forever, he's always looked the same.
Except - hang on!
via: TwitterHave you ever seen a more '70s picture than this?
via: ShutterstockHe really came to fame with Curb Your Enthusiasm, as a more "mature" actor.
But just check this out.
via: TwitterLooking far less sarcastic in his younger years.
via: ShutterstockHe's a classic example of an actor who has somehow always looked the same.
Which makes this seem unbelievable.
via: InstagramWhat a cutie! Consider our minds blown.
via: ShutterstockHe's always been a kinda balding, middle-aged guy, right?
via: InstagramWait a minute ... Dr. Phil was hot?? Want more pictures of celebs in their younger years? Scroll on for the Instagram account which photoshops stars next to their younger selves. Some of them are just adorable.