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.
40. Jack Nicholson
via: ShutterstockIt seems this famous womanizer was born as a semi-grizzled old man.
Not the case.
via: TwitterBut even in his high-school yearbook photo, there was a certain glint in his eye.
39. Bernie Sanders
via: ShutterstockThe Presidential hopeful was relatively unknown until the past few years.
But here he is at college.
via: TwitterLooking rather like Sasha Baren-Cohen, right?
38. Alan Rickman
via: ShutterstockThough he had an illustrious acting career, to many of us, he'll always be Snape.
Which makes seeing him as a student rather strange.
via: TwitterBut this image of a teenage high-school student Rickman prove he's always been a Slytherin.
37. Betty White
via: ShutterstockThe actress with a career spanning decades is now best known as a fierce old lady.
But check out this glamorous shot.
via: TwitterIt's clear that in her youth, White was a starlet akin to many we remember as Hollywood greats.
36. Bill Nye
via: ShutterstockEveryone's favorite science guy is best known in her older state.
But check this out!
via: TwitterYoung Bill Nye - perhaps only recognizable because of his lab location.
35. Maggie Smith
via: ShutterstockSmith started her acting career in theater, and only became a movie star relatively late in life.
Check out young Professor McGonagall!
via: TwitterShe looks every inch the Hollywood star - and it's freaking us out!
34. Joe Biden
via: ShutterstockThe previous (sob) Vice President gained celebrity in his later decades.
But look at baby Biden!
via: TwitterYoung Joe Biden was hot. We're not ashamed to say it!
33. Jeremy Clarkson
via: ShutterstockIt seems The Grand Tour's host sprung from the womb as a cantankerous old man.
But back in the day ...
via: TwitterClarkson had a much more "can I speak to the manager" vibe.
32. Alice Cooper
via: ShutterstockThis 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
via: ShutterstockThe actor is cemented as a grizzled cowboy in our minds.
But in his youth ...
via: TwitterWayne was actually pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
30. Clint Eastwood
via: ShutterstockTo 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.
via: TwitterPre-big-break - but still as recognizable as ever.
29. Christopher Walken
via: ShutterstockHave you ever seen this iconic actor as anything other than an adult?
Well, here's teenage Walken.
via: TwitterLooking (weirdly enough) like a male Scarlett Johanssen.
28. Bob Marley
via: ShutterstockHave you ever seen the reggae star without his trademark dreads?
Well, now you have.
via: TwitterHere's Marley aged just twenty years old on his wedding day. We wouldn't have recognized him!
27. Steven Spielberg
via: ShutterstockDespite his heyday being in the '90s, we always picture Speilberg as an older gent.
But here he is back in his younger days.
via: TwitterRiding the Jaws shark with quite the hairdo and mustache combo.
26. Jeff Bridges
via: ShutterstockThe Dude has pretty much always looked the same, right?
via: TwitterLook at young Jeff Bridges! We are shook.
25. Albert Einstein
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!
24. Carrie Fisher
via: ShutterstockAlthough you may recognize her as Princess Leia, the star tends to be remembered as an older lady.
But here she is as a youth.
via: TwitterThe cheeky smile was always there, though.
23. Bill Murray
via: ShutterstockThe internet's favorite living meme found viral fame late in life.
But check out this old pic!
via: TwitterIncredible mustache work displayed here.
22. Martha Stewart
via: ShutterstockTo us, she's always been the ultimate Mom figure.
But look at her as a young babe.
via: TwitterMartha Stewart is a total hottie - who knew?
21. Stephen Colbert
via: ShutterstockThe sardonic talk show host is most recognizable as we know him now.
The younger Colbert has a less sarcastic smile.
via: TwitterWe totally wouldn't have recognized him here.
20. John Candy
via: ShutterstockTo us, he'll always be Uncle Buck.
Here he's significantly fresher faced.
via: TwitterAlthough there's no denying his face still looks the same.
19. Michael Caine
via: ShutterstockHis 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.
via: TwitterBut now, these older images of a younger Caine look kind of ... odd!
18. Bryan Cranston
via: ShutterstockIt was his role as Walter White in later life which catapulted Cranston into superstardom.
So this might come as a surprise.
via: TwitterLook at his high school yearbook photo. That's quite a set of bangs.
17. Sir. Ian McKellen
via: ShutterstockThis national treasure has surely always looked like this.
Hang on - wait a minute!
via: TwitterWho's this cool young fella, then?
16. Dolly Parton
via: ShutterstockYou wouldn't say she looks old exactly - more ... ageless?
Which makes this kind of a surprise.
via: TwitterShe somehow looks both older and younger at the same time.
15. Regis Philbin
via: ShutterstockThe iconic host has been an old man for, like, ever.
via: TwitterThis is blowing our minds.
14. Patrick Stewart
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.
13. 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.
12. Helen Mirren
via: ShutterstockThe epitome of aging gracefully.
But check this out!
via: TwitterYoun Helen Mirren during a stage production looks like a total '60s babe.
11. Steve Jobs
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!
10. Sean Connery
via: ShutterstockThe definition of a silver fox.
And guess what?
via: TwitterHe was a hottie way back when, too.
9. Michael Stipe
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?
8. Drew Carrey
via: ShutterstockA funny guy, for sure - but not necessarily a looker.
Wait - we stand corrected.
via: TwitterNot gonna lie, this one blew our minds.
7. Goldie Hawn
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.
6. Bill Gates
via: ShutterstockA nice man - but a nerd, through and through.
Or so we though!
via: TwitterDo we also have a crush on Bill Gates now?
5. Bruce Willis
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?
4. Jerry Springer
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?
3. Larry David
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.
2. Morgan Freeman
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.
1. Dr Phil
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.