Famous People You've Probably Never Seen Young Before | 22 Words

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

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It seems this famous womanizer was born as a semi-grizzled old man.

Not the case.

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But even in his high-school yearbook photo, there was a certain glint in his eye.

39. Bernie Sanders

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The Presidential hopeful was relatively unknown until the past few years.

But here he is at college.

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Looking rather like Sasha Baren-Cohen, right?

38. Alan Rickman

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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.

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But this image of a teenage high-school student Rickman prove he's always been a Slytherin.

37. Betty White

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The actress with a career spanning decades is now best known as a fierce old lady.

But check out this glamorous shot.

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It's clear that in her youth, White was a starlet akin to many we remember as Hollywood greats.

36. Bill Nye

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Everyone's favorite science guy is best known in her older state.

But check this out!

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Young Bill Nye - perhaps only recognizable because of his lab location.

35. Maggie Smith

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Smith started her acting career in theater, and only became a movie star relatively late in life.

Check out young Professor McGonagall!

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She looks every inch the Hollywood star - and it's freaking us out!

34. Joe Biden

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The previous (sob) Vice President gained celebrity in his later decades.

But look at baby Biden!

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Young Joe Biden was hot. We're not ashamed to say it!

33. Jeremy Clarkson

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It seems The Grand Tour's host sprung from the womb as a cantankerous old man.

But back in the day ...

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Clarkson had a much more "can I speak to the manager" vibe.

32. Alice Cooper

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This rockstar seems to have looked exactly the same since he first rose to fame in the '80s.

Not the case!

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As a kid, Cooper presented a surprisingly clean-cut figure.

31. John Wayne

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The actor is cemented as a grizzled cowboy in our minds.

But in his youth ...

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Wayne was actually pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

30. Clint Eastwood

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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.

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Pre-big-break - but still as recognizable as ever.

29. Christopher Walken

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Have you ever seen this iconic actor as anything other than an adult?

Well, here's teenage Walken.

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Looking (weirdly enough) like a male Scarlett Johanssen.

28. Bob Marley

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Have you ever seen the reggae star without his trademark dreads?

Well, now you have.

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Here's Marley aged just twenty years old on his wedding day. We wouldn't have recognized him!

27. Steven Spielberg

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Despite his heyday being in the '90s, we always picture Speilberg as an older gent.

But here he is back in his younger days.

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Riding the Jaws shark with quite the hairdo and mustache combo.

26. Jeff Bridges

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The Dude has pretty much always looked the same, right?

Wrong!

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Look at young Jeff Bridges! We are shook.

25. Albert Einstein

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The most famous snaps of the scientist tend to depict him as an older gentleman.

But hey, he was young once, too.

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It's so strange to see him without that cloud of puffy white hair!

24. Carrie Fisher

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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.

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The cheeky smile was always there, though.

23. Bill Murray

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The internet's favorite living meme found viral fame late in life.

But check out this old pic!

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Incredible mustache work displayed here.

22. Martha Stewart

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To us, she's always been the ultimate Mom figure.

But look at her as a young babe.

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Martha Stewart is a total hottie - who knew?

21. Stephen Colbert

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The sardonic talk show host is most recognizable as we know him now.

The younger Colbert has a less sarcastic smile.

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We totally wouldn't have recognized him here.

20. John Candy

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To us, he'll always be Uncle Buck.

Here he's significantly fresher faced.

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Although there's no denying his face still looks the same.

19. Michael Caine

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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.

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But now, these older images of a younger Caine look kind of ... odd!

18. Bryan Cranston

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It was his role as Walter White in later life which catapulted Cranston into superstardom.

So this might come as a surprise.

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Look at his high school yearbook photo. That's quite a set of bangs.

17. Sir. Ian McKellen

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This national treasure has surely always looked like this.

Hang on - wait a minute!

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Who's this cool young fella, then?

16. Dolly Parton

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You wouldn't say she looks old exactly - more ... ageless?

Which makes this kind of a surprise.

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She somehow looks both older and younger at the same time.

15. Regis Philbin

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The iconic host has been an old man for, like, ever.

Wait, what?

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This is blowing our minds.

14. Patrick Stewart

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Another actor with a totally timeless face.

Even as a young man ...

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He's still recognizably the Captain Jean-Luc Picard we know and love.

13. James Earl Jones

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The actor who voiced Mufasa in The Lion King has a very identifiable look.

But young James Earl Jones.

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Good lord. That's all we have to say.

12. Helen Mirren

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The epitome of aging gracefully.

But check this out!

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Youn Helen Mirren during a stage production looks like a total '60s babe.

11. Steve Jobs

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This innovator is always remembered for having one classic look.

Which makes this kinda surprising.

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We're loving his long, textured bob with beach-babe waves!

10. Sean Connery

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The definition of a silver fox.

And guess what?

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He was a hottie way back when, too.

9. Michael Stipe

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The R.E.M. frontman has rocked a bald head for decades.

But back in the day ...

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He had these beautiful curly locks. What happened?

8. Drew Carrey

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A funny guy, for sure - but not necessarily a looker.

Wait - we stand corrected.

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Not gonna lie, this one blew our minds.

7. Goldie Hawn

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You'd never believe she was seventy-four, right?

But check this out.

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We're pretty jealous of how much she looks the same.

6. Bill Gates

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A nice man - but a nerd, through and through.

Or so we though!

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Do we also have a crush on Bill Gates now?

5. Bruce Willis

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One of the most famous scalps in the biz.

But wait - what's this?

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Why do so many attractive men start their lives with bobs?

4. Jerry Springer

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Despite the fact he's been on our screens forever, he's always looked the same.

Except - hang on!

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Have you ever seen a more '70s picture than this?

3. Larry David

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He really came to fame with Curb Your Enthusiasm, as a more "mature" actor.

But just check this out.

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Looking far less sarcastic in his younger years.

2. Morgan Freeman

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He's a classic example of an actor who has somehow always looked the same.

Which makes this seem unbelievable.

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What a cutie! Consider our minds blown.

1. Dr Phil

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He's always been a kinda balding, middle-aged guy, right?

Wrong.

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Wait 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.