Celebrities Turning 50 in 2018

These and other famous folks are celebrating a milestone birthday

While it is not hard for the rest of us to observe the ways we are aging, for some reason, many of our favorite television and movie stars often appear frozen in time. The roles they’re famous for and the impressions they’ve made over the years,seem to place them in an unusual time warp. Are they actually getting older?

The answer is yes, although it may be somewhat surprising to learn that an actor like Will Smith — who first burst onto the scene in 1990 with the NBC comedy series, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and went on to success in movies such as Men in Black and Collateral Beauty — is turning 50 in September.

Is it possible that Wolverine — aka Hugh Jackman — will mark a half-century in 2018, too? And while you may not be as familiar with professional skateboarding sensation Tony Hawk (turning 50 in May), chances are your kids spent a lot of time playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series when they were younger.

Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing, introduced to TV audiences in 1998 as Grace Adler in the NBC comedy Will & Grace and who resumed her role in September 2017 when the program returned to the air, turns 50 in August. Her co-stars Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally are now in their 50s; Sean Hayes turns 48 this year. (Good news for fans of the show —Will & Grace was just renewed for a third season.)

If you’re celebrating your milestone birthday this year because you, too, were born in 1968, you’re certainly in good company. For a complete list of 50 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Turning 50 in 2018, which includes a few more surprises, visit Silver Singles.

The New York Daily News has also compiled a list of the top 13 pop culture moments delivered in 1968, including the creation of the first Big Mac at a Pittsburgh McDonald’s (priced at 49 cents), the launch of the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes and the premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Oh, and The Beatles released Hey Jude,  which most people on the planet have likely heard far more than 50 times.

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By Julie Pfitzinger
Julie Pfitzinger is the editor for Next Avenue’s lifestyle coverage across the Living and Technology channels. Her journalism career has included feature writing for the Star-Tribune, as well as several local parenting and lifestyle publications, all in the Twin Cities area. Julie also served as managing editor for nine local community lifestyle magazines. She joined Next Avenue in October 2017. Reach her by email her at [email protected].

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