The term baby boomer is used to describe anyone who was born between 1946 and 1964. Millions of boomers live in the United States today, some of whom are quite famous. Did you know these popular celebrities were baby boomers?
1. Diane Keaton
The Academy Award-winning actress is among the earliest boomers, as she was born in 1946. Keaton became famous for her role as the beleaguered mafia wife Kay Corleone in The Godfather movie trilogy and as the title character in Annie Hall. Her acting career has spanned five decades with no signs of slowing down.
2. Steven Spielberg
Also born in 1946 was the producer, screenwriter, and director of box office blockbusters like Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and the first three Indiana Jones movies. Spielberg is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Pictures, which released films such as Green Book, Saving Private Ryan, and A Beautiful Mind.
Another baby boomer from 1946 is the living legend known as Cher. Her entertainment career started as half of the musical group Sonny & Cher. She became even more popular with two television variety shows, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher. She then turned to acting, garnering critical acclaim for her roles in Silkwood and Mask before winning an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck.
4. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors, with a career spanning several decades. Born in 1948, he started his acting career performing on stage. He played more minor roles in film until he rose to prominence, starring in Pulp Fiction in 1994. Since then, Jackson has made a name for himself in the Star Wars saga as Mace Windu and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nick Fury.
5. Tom Hanks
Considered by many to be a national treasure, Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. Born in 1956, Hanks first became prominent in the 1980s television sitcom Bosom Buddies. His film career started with two surprise hits: Bachelor Party and Splash. Since then, he’s starred in notable films like Forest Gump, Philadelphia, Road to Perdition, and the Toy Story franchise as the voice of Woody.
6. Barack Obama
He may not be a member of the Hollywood jet set crowd. Still, the 44th President of the United States is by far one of the most recognizable baby boomers in the world. President Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 and made his name in Illinois state politics before becoming the first Black president. Since leaving office, he has engaged in humanitarian work and has published his presidential memoirs.
7. George Clooney
Before he became a box office sensation in films such as the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Perfect Storm, George Clooney set hearts ablaze as Dr. Doug Ross in the television drama ER. Sharp-eyed tv viewers will remember him from his roles in the sitcoms The Golden Girls and The Facts of Life. Born in 1961, Clooney is not only an actor and director, he’s also a humanitarian who is an honorary United Nations Messenger of Peace.
8. Tom Cruise
Born in 1962, Tom Cruise’s acting career took off in the 1980s with his box office hit Risky Business, and he hasn’t looked back since. His performances in films such as Rain Man, Top Gun, and Jerry Maguire secured his place as one of Hollywood’s leading men. His portrayal of Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movies has made him a bona fide action star.
9. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock started her career on the stage and with minor roles on the small screen. Born in 1964, she became a household name when she starred in Speed with Keanu Reeves. Since then, she has starred in movies like A Time to Kill and Crash and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. Bullock also received considerable accolades for her role in Netflix’s Bird Box.
10. Keanu Reeves
For many fans, Keanu Reeves may seem ageless, but he was actually born in 1964. His breakout acting role in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was just the beginning of his highly successful career. Generation X remembers Reeves as Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Still, younger fans know him as Neo from The Matrix films and as the titular character of John Wick.
11. Don Cheadle
Many action movie fans may know him as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Don Cheadle is also a producer and award-winning actor. Born in 1964, he was praised for performances in films such as Devil in a Blue Dress and Hotel Rwanda. He has won two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Tony Award, and two Grammy Awards.
12. Nicolas Cage
He may be the nephew of one of the greatest directors in history (Francis Ford Coppola), but Nicolas Cage has built a stellar career based on his own merits and immense talent. After starring in Peggy Sue Got Married and Raising Arizona, Cage became famous with his role in Moonstruck, in which he played a one-handed baker who falls in love with his brother’s fiancée, played by Cher. Born in 1964, Cage also won an Academy Award for portraying a doomed screenwriter in Leaving Las Vegas.
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