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19th Mar '17 12:16:03 PM Nick7689
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* Music/BeachBoys frontman Mike Love was 20 when the band formed in 1961, but as you can in [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/20/78/83/207883c65df7fa24a3ab4ff02555a080.jpg this picture]] (Mike's second from the right) he looked like he was pushing 40 due to his receding hairline, which is why he's spent most of his life wearing hats to hide it. Nowadays, he's actually OlderThanHeLooks. He was 75 when [[https://d3j0sq6zklqdqq.cloudfront.net/photos/2016/02/18/107-32655-mike-love-1455830592.jpg this picture]] was taken.
13th Mar '17 3:30:02 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Mr. Cat looks like (and has the voice of) a young adult, yet according to the 34th episode, he's less than 13 years old.
** Quack Quack looks like a young child, but is actually supposed to be a baby.
9th Mar '17 9:40:57 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou'' has Asuma, a wizard who ages much more quickly than normal as a price for using magic. In reality, he's probably at least in his late teens, but he looks to be about in his late 20's/early 30's.

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* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou'' ''Manga/HibikisMagic'' has Asuma, a wizard who ages much more quickly than normal as a price for using magic. In reality, he's probably at least in his late teens, but he looks to be about in his late 20's/early 30's.
8th Mar '17 11:30:18 PM Nakayama90
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* Creator/NeilKaplan is in his forties, but looks like he's in his fifties. For example, he was 43 when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGzWfvOl0Ho this video]] was taken.

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* Creator/NeilKaplan is in his forties, but looks like he's in his fifties.age, if not still a bit older, at age 50, but looked considerably older for most of his forties. For example, he was 43 when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGzWfvOl0Ho this video]] was taken.
7th Mar '17 8:39:45 PM KYCubbie
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** Only technically. The ''legal'' birthday of someone born on Leap Day during non-leap years varies by jurisdiction. In the UK and Hong Kong, it's March 1. In Germany, Spain, and Taiwan, it's February 28 for all purposes. In New Zealand, it's February 28 for driver licensing purposes, but otherwise the law is silent. The U.S. has no law, either federal or state, governing this issue, though one law professor concluded that March 1 would most likely be considered the legal birthday.
7th Mar '17 1:40:37 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tyrion, who is supposedly young enough that he was a baby while Jaime, Cersei and Oberyn Martell were at least in their mid-childhood. Tyrion looks somewhere in his mid-forties, while Jaime and Cersei are described in the 4th season as being 40, and Oberyn looks younger still. And yes, Peter Dinklage is the oldest actor out of the four.
3rd Mar '17 11:04:46 PM superkeijikun
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** Most ghouls have been around for hundreds of years, many since before the Great War. Hancock, on the other hand, has only been a ghoul for about ten years, following the mother of all bad drug trips. In truth, he's probably around 60 at most.
28th Feb '17 2:26:11 PM KYCubbie
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* Also, unusually tall children can be mistaken for considerably older ones during their childhood. In a 2016 interview, [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} WNBA]] superstar Elena Delle Donne (who's 6'5"/1.96 m) said that her earliest memory was of being at a store with her mother at age 3 and having a pacifier in her mouth... and seeing another shopper tell her mother than an ''8-year-old'' was too old for a pacifier.

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* Also, unusually tall children can be mistaken for considerably older ones during their childhood. In a 2016 interview, [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} WNBA]] superstar Elena Delle Donne (who's 6'5"/1.96 m) said that her earliest memory was of being at a store with her mother at age 3 and having a pacifier in her mouth... and seeing another shopper other shoppers tell her mother than an ''8-year-old'' was too old for a pacifier.



* Ritchie Valens practically ''defines'' this trope. He died when he was just 17 years old. [[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/images/2009/01/27/ritchie_valens_color_crop.jpg Seriously, look at this dude.]] Who the heck looks like that at ''17''?!! Twice that age, ''maybe''.

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* Ritchie Valens Music/RitchieValens practically ''defines'' this trope. He died when he was just 17 years old. [[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/images/2009/01/27/ritchie_valens_color_crop.jpg Seriously, look at this dude.]] Who the heck looks like that at ''17''?!! Twice that age, ''maybe''.



* Many of the Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestlers. For example, Wrestling/WadeBarrett is only 31. He looks more like he's in his early-40's. Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, after her voice went through a radical change in 2002-2003 (most likely due to all the screaming she was doing before then), definitely ''sounded'' much older than she really was.

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* Many of the Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestlers. For example, Wrestling/WadeBarrett is only 31. He looks was born in 1980, but when he was in his early 30s, he looked more like he's he was in his early-40's. Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, early 40s. Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon (born in 1976), after her voice went through a radical change in 2002-2003 (most likely due to all the screaming she was doing before then), definitely ''sounded'' much older than she really was.



* George Michael seemed to have aged rapidly since he hit his 40s. Especially jarring since he looked his age for ''decades''.
* Don Rickles unfortunately looks like he's in his 80s, but he always looked unmistakably old for his age until at most 20 years ago. Which is kind of funny, since he still possesses the voice of a 20-something guy from Boston.

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* George Michael Music/GeorgeMichael seemed to have aged rapidly since he hit his 40s. Especially jarring since he looked his age for ''decades''.
* Don Rickles unfortunately looks like he's in his 80s, 90s (born in 1926), but he always looked unmistakably old for his age until at most 20 years ago.roughly 1990. Which is kind of funny, since he still possesses the voice of a 20-something guy from Boston.



* Creator/MaxVonSydow has looked about 75 since the day he was born. When he did ''Film/TheExorcist'', he was 44, looked absolutely ancient. Now he is 82, and looks rather spritely.

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* Creator/MaxVonSydow has looked about 75 since the day he was born. When he did ''Film/TheExorcist'', he was 44, looked absolutely ancient. Now he is 82, 87, and looks rather spritely.sprightly.



* Creator/MichaelDouglas, in his mid-50s, looked about ten years older, because he seemed to be trying desperately to hide how old he was(the new, young wife might have had something to do with that), now, in his late-60s, he seems to have made peace with his age, and actually looks [[OlderThanTheyLook younger]] because of it.
* Creator/BillyBobThornton has always looked at least a few years older than he really is, even more so since the late-90s, when he lost a lot of weight, [[HollywoodThin causing him to look like he weighs about fifty pounds]].
* Topol was only in his mid-thirties when he Played Tevye in the film version of ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof.'' But he was able to convincingly play a 45 year old Russian farmer who'd had a rough life. See pic [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3732243712/tt0067093 here.]]
* NBA player Greg Oden is 24 but according to [[http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/001/790/836/hi-res-95631140_crop_exact.jpg?w=650&h=440&q=75 pictures]], he looks to be in his 30s.
* Fergie actually used to look ''younger'' than she really was (she was in her early 30s when her debut album was being promoted, but looked like she was around 24-25). But in recent years, she seemed to have aged rapidly, and she is now in her mid-30s but looks like she's in her 40s. (This can be chalked up to a drug addiction past and once she got sober, she started looking younger. Her aging now can be chalked up to plastic surgery and pregnancy.)

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* Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/MichaelDouglas (born in 1944), in his mid-50s, looked about ten years older, because he seemed to be trying desperately to hide how old he was(the was (the [[Creator/CatherineZetaJones new, young wife wife]] might have had something to do with that), now, in that). However, by the time he hit his late-60s, late 60s, he seems seemed to have made peace with his age, and ever since has actually looks looked [[OlderThanTheyLook younger]] because of it.
* Creator/BillyBobThornton has always looked at least a few years older than he really is, even more so since the late-90s, late '90s, when he lost a lot of weight, [[HollywoodThin causing him to look like he weighs about fifty pounds]].
* Topol was only in his mid-thirties when he Played played Tevye in the film version of ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof.'' But he was able to convincingly play a 45 year old 45-year-old Russian farmer who'd had a rough life. See pic [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3732243712/tt0067093 here.]]
* NBA player Greg Oden is 24 but Oden, who lost a potentially great NBA career to [[GlassCannon constant injuries]], was born in 1988. However, according to [[http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/001/790/836/hi-res-95631140_crop_exact.jpg?w=650&h=440&q=75 pictures]], pictures]] taken when he looks was 24, he looked to be in his 30s.
* Fergie (born in 1975) actually used to look ''younger'' than she really was (she was in her early 30s when her debut album was being promoted, but looked like she was around 24-25). But in recent years, her early 30s, she seemed to have aged rapidly, and looked like she is now was in her mid-30s but looks like she's in her 40s.40s by the time she was 35. (This can be chalked up to a drug addiction past and once she got sober, she started looking younger. Her aging now can be chalked up to plastic surgery and pregnancy.)



* Music/AliceCooper now looks really good for being in his 60s, but he used to look far older than he really was. [[http://snakkle.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/alice-cooper-yearbook-high-school-young-1966-photo-GC.jpg This is him in his high school yearbook,]] looking to be around his mid-20s. By the time he actually ''did'' hit his 20s, he looked to be somewhere in his 30s. He continued to look older than he really was until he hit his 40s, when he aged considerably well and slowly converted to being OlderThanHeLooks.

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* Music/AliceCooper now looks really good for being in his 60s, near 70, but he used to look far older than he really was. [[http://snakkle.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/alice-cooper-yearbook-high-school-young-1966-photo-GC.jpg This is him in his high school yearbook,]] looking to be around his mid-20s. By the time he actually ''did'' hit his 20s, he looked to be somewhere in his 30s. He continued to look older than he really was until he hit his 40s, when he aged considerably well and slowly converted to being OlderThanHeLooks. (It likely helped matters that he replaced former drug and alcohol addictions with an intense golf addiction.)



* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell for most of his career post 1980. In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', he was 28 when he did the role but he did look reasonably young at the time. By the late 1980s, his hair went white overnight and he lost his young Alex looks. And he started getting a considerable number of "elderly man" roles despite the fact that he only just turned 70 in 2012. Mr. Mcdowell has confessed that he has no one to fault but himself.

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* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell for most of his career post 1980.post-1980. In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', he was 28 when he did the role but he did look reasonably young at the time. By the late 1980s, his hair went white overnight and he lost his young Alex looks. And he started getting a considerable number of "elderly man" roles despite the fact that he only just turned 70 in 2012. Mr. Mcdowell has confessed that he has no one to fault but himself.



* Another Judd Apatow related example. Steve Bannos, the actor who played Mr. Kowchevski on ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' was ''39 years old'' at the time, even though he looked like he was at least 45.

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* Another Judd Apatow related Apatow-related example. Steve Bannos, the actor who played Mr. Kowchevski on ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' was ''39 years old'' at the time, even though he looked like he was at least 45.



* Wrestling/RicFlair is 67 and looks about 10 years older. He aged rapidly in the 2000s to the point that he looks like a completely different person than he did in the 90s. Compare [[https://cdn3.whatculture.com/images/2016/09/15691c199fb07ccb-600x400.jpg this image]] to [[http://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/6-raw-1-1402476015-1404980268.jpg this one.]]
* Sue Lyon, best known for her role as the titular {{Lolita}} in Stanley Kubrick's film adaption, was only 14 at the time of shooting, but looked like she was in her late teens because she was unusually curvaceous for her age. She was actually cast because of her older appearance, perhaps to lessen the squeamish reaction audiences would have to a middle aged man lusting after his stepdaughter. But this also lessened the whole point of the novel and movie ([[UnreliableNarrator that Humbert Humbert is a pervert covering his own tracks]]). Lolita's age is never given in the film and several reviewers at the time thought Dolores was "a full 17", not barely 14 (and she was even younger in the book).

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* Wrestling/RicFlair is 67 pushing 70 (born in 1949) and looks about 10 years older. He aged rapidly in the 2000s to the point that he looks like a completely different person than he did in the 90s. Compare [[https://cdn3.whatculture.com/images/2016/09/15691c199fb07ccb-600x400.jpg this image]] to [[http://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/6-raw-1-1402476015-1404980268.jpg this one.]]
* Sue Lyon, best known for her role as the titular {{Lolita}} in Stanley Kubrick's film adaption, adaptation, was only 14 at the time of shooting, but looked like she was in her late teens because she was unusually curvaceous for her age. She was actually cast because of her older appearance, perhaps to lessen the squeamish reaction audiences would have to a middle aged man lusting after his stepdaughter. But this also lessened the whole point of the novel and movie ([[UnreliableNarrator that Humbert Humbert is a pervert covering his own tracks]]). Lolita's age is never given in the film and several reviewers at the time thought Dolores was "a full 17", not barely 14 (and she was even younger in the book).



* Creator/JudyGarland aged horribly in later years, due in no small part to her alcoholism, heavy smoking and drug abuse. She died in 1967 at age 47, though she looked at least a decade older.

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* Creator/JudyGarland aged horribly in later years, due in no small part to her alcoholism, heavy smoking and drug abuse. She died in 1967 1969 at age 47, though she looked at least a decade older.



* Wrestling/BrayWyatt is in his late twenties and looks about twice that old due to his BeardOfEvil. The same also applies to [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily his stablemates]] Wrestling/ErickRowan and Wrestling/LukeHarper.

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* Wrestling/BrayWyatt is will turn 30 in his late twenties and 2017, but looks about twice that old due to his BeardOfEvil. The same also applies to [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily his stablemates]] Wrestling/ErickRowan and Wrestling/LukeHarper.



* While Creator/JohnCleese looks his age now, he was in his late-thirties when he did ''Series/FawltyTowers'', but he could pass for his late-forties to early-fifties.

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* While Creator/JohnCleese looks his age now, he was in his late-thirties late thirties when he did ''Series/FawltyTowers'', but he could pass for his late-forties late forties to early-fifties.early fifties.



* Creator/JenniferLewis was frequently cast as forty to fiftysomething mothers back in the 90's when she was only in her 30's. She was also cast as the Grandmother of Raven-Symone and Kyle Massey on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' when she was in her late 40's (and, therefore, would be more likely to be their mother than their grandmother in real life). Voice applies here too--she was the voice of Mama Odie in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.

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* Creator/JenniferLewis was frequently cast as forty forty- to fiftysomething mothers back in the 90's when she was only in her 30's. She was also cast as the Grandmother of Raven-Symone and Kyle Massey on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' when she was in her late 40's (and, therefore, would be more likely to be their mother than their grandmother in real life). Voice applies here too--she was the voice of Mama Odie in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.



* Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch went to pieces after the death of her husband, Wrestling/ChrisCandido. Drug use, weight gain and a deeper voice has made her look and sound like she's in her late fifties even though she's only 43 as of this writing. While she looked good again by the time she was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2013, her looks have fallen apart again.

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* Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch went to pieces after the death of her husband, Wrestling/ChrisCandido. Drug use, weight gain and a deeper voice has made her look and sound like she's in her late fifties even though she's only 43 44 as of this writing.writing (born in December 1972). While she looked good again by the time she was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2013, her looks have fallen apart again.



* Geddy Lee of {{Music/Rush}} was '''38''' when [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e4/9e/2e/e49e2e59555382dfb7424968789713ae.jpg this picture]] was taken, but looks at least ten years older. This is made even more alarming since just four years prior he looked like [[http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/books/bass-player-11.1988/bass-player-11.1988-2.jpg this]]. Now, he's 63, [[http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/coverpics/TeamRockGeddy31dec2015.jpg and looks that age]], and possibly younger.

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* Geddy Lee of {{Music/Rush}} was '''38''' when [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e4/9e/2e/e49e2e59555382dfb7424968789713ae.jpg this picture]] was taken, but looks looked at least ten years older. This is made even more alarming since just four years prior he looked like [[http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/books/bass-player-11.1988/bass-player-11.1988-2.jpg this]]. Now, he's 63, [[http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/coverpics/TeamRockGeddy31dec2015.jpg and looks that age]], and possibly younger.



* Creator/JenniferLawrence was able to play the female lead in ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' who has been married for several years, and is the love-interest of thirty-seven-year-old Creator/BradleyCooper. Her actual age? Twenty-one. David O Russell has taken this trope and run with it, and a RunningGag among fans is that she's frequently cast as characters she's too young for.
* Creator/JackWild started out YoungerThanTheyLook; Appearing as a pre-pubescent [[http://oi66.tinypic.com/142vcxh.jpg 11-12 years old]] when [[http://oi63.tinypic.com/28s51nb.jpg he was 17-18]]. However; Years of heavy tobacco and alcohol abuse [[http://oi65.tinypic.com/2cf8h1w.jpg quickly aged him]] and when [[http://oi67.tinypic.com/13z49ef.jpg he passed away at 54]], he [[http://oi64.tinypic.com/25aknz6.jpg looked absolutely]] ''elderly!''

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* Creator/JenniferLawrence was able to play the female lead in ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' who has been married for several years, and is the love-interest of thirty-seven-year-old Creator/BradleyCooper. Her actual age? age at the time? Twenty-one. David O O. Russell has taken this trope and run with it, and a RunningGag among fans is that she's frequently cast as characters she's too young for.
* Creator/JackWild started out YoungerThanTheyLook; Appearing as a pre-pubescent [[http://oi66.tinypic.com/142vcxh.jpg 11-12 years old]] when [[http://oi63.tinypic.com/28s51nb.jpg he was 17-18]]. However; Years However, years of heavy tobacco and alcohol abuse [[http://oi65.tinypic.com/2cf8h1w.jpg quickly aged him]] and when [[http://oi67.tinypic.com/13z49ef.jpg he passed away at 54]], he [[http://oi64.tinypic.com/25aknz6.jpg looked absolutely]] ''elderly!''
27th Feb '17 12:25:46 PM legendaryweredragon
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* In one of the user submitted stories on ''WebVideo/PlanetDolan'' in the episode OUR HORRIBLE FIRST DATES, a teenaged boy asked a cute girl out on a date and her mother stayed with them for the entire date. He was confused by this until the mother explained to him that her daughter was actually a 9 year old with the body of a 15-16 year old.
26th Feb '17 7:10:46 PM HawkbitAlpha
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* ''Film/TheHeat'': PlayedForLaughs with Captain Woods, Mullins' superior, who points out the amount of stress Mullins causes him:
-->'''Woods:''' This job is destroying me. [to Ashburn] Do you know how old I am?
-->'''Ashburn:''' Uh, 58?
-->'''Woods:''' ''I'm 43 years old!'' [[UpToEleven I have a 5-year-old son who calls me Grandpa!]]
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