16 Famous Celebrities And Their Breakout Roles That Made Them A Star

Every actor and actress begins their career as a nobody unless they are born into the industry. Many of them start out on TV and commercials before hitting the silver screen. They take whatever role they are given and try their best to turn it into their big breakout role. This is because that breakout role is what makes them a star. After this role, everyone in Hollywood, as well as the globe, will know their name. Every actor has humble beginnings before they got their breakout role which turned them into the star they are today.


1Bruce Willis

One of the most iconic action movies of Hollywood is ‘Die Hard’ released in 1988. It starred the then relatively unknown actor Bruce Willis. The movie was a massive hit with not just the audiences but also the critics. Prior to the release of the movie Bruce Willis had worked on the TV show ‘Moonlighting’ but after the movie came out he was a big name in Hollywood.

Bruce Willis

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2Richard Gere

Richard Gere began his career in 1975 with the movie ‘Report to the Commissioner’ and went on to star in over ten movies till 1990’s ‘Pretty Woman’. The movie was a huge success at the box office and with movie critics. It was the third-highest-grossing film of 1990. The movie made both Richard Gere and actresses Julia Roberts overnight sensations in Hollywood.

Richard Gere

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3Leonardo DiCaprio

His movies have grossed over $8 billion worldwide and he is credited as one of the most talented actors of his generation. Leonardo DiCaprio began his career playing the supporting role of a developmentally disabled boy in 1993’s ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. The role showed that young Leo had impressive acting skills and he received high praise from critics for the role.

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4Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne-Moss appeared in 5 movies before the 1999’s hit ‘The Matrix’. In the movie, she starred opposite Keanu Reeves as his love interest ‘Trinity’. The movie was a huge hit and grossed over $460 million worldwide. It was well-received by critics as well and won four Academy Awards. Keanu Reeves was already established as an action movie star but this movie made Carrie-Anne Moss a huge name in Hollywood.

Carrie-Anne Moss

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