It was a big surprise for many to discover that June had been declared (by myself) as National OMG Johnny Depp Turns 50 Month. People turn fifty every day. Someone is probably turning fifty right this very moment. (Happy Birthday!) What makes it newsworthy when a celebrity becomes a quinquagenarian?
When we hear about an icon or idol from our youth becoming an age like 50 it reminds us that many of us are not far from achieving the same fantastic milestone. There is also a bizarre visceral reaction to be had about the celebrity aging process in general. You know that feeling of shock you have when you see photos of that kid from that movie or TV show and now he’s all grown up and you can kind of see glimpses of the boy you remember from when he was a child star except now there’s facial hair and maybe an arrest record?
That’s the same family of feeling I have when I find out someone like Coolio will turn 50 later this summer. That, “how did we let this happen?!” feeling. Weren’t we supposed to have figured out cryopreservation by now?
You may need to sit down and phone a friend before you embark on this journey of other celebrities turning 50 this year. You have been warned.
25 Surprising Celebrities Turning 50 This Year:
(Presented in the order of their birthdays.)