How old?!

Yesterday, I saw this headline on the BBC News website: Coolio Performs Gangsta’s Paradise for Students.  Aww, how nice! I thought to myself (along with “Wow, Coo

Gangsta's Paradise
Coolio, bac in the day… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

lio! There’s a blast from the past!). I clicked on the article and smiled to mayself as I read about how he had taken the students to the supermarket before cooking a meal for them, but my smile faded when I got to this line: “The 50-year-old hip-hop star had been performing at Macs Bar in Preston when he met the students and offered to cook them a meal.”  Coolio is 50?? What? How? Okay, 50 isn’t actually all that old (my mother is 50 and I don’t see her as old), but in my mind, the stars of my childhood are frozen at the age they were then. It’s only when the facts are forcibly thrust in my face that I remember famous people are subject to the passing of time just as much as any of us. Gangsta’s Paradise came out in 18 years ago(!!) in 1995, so it’s logical that Coolio would be in his 50s by now, but still… I suddenly feel old!

Here are some other celebrities who are surprisingly old (well, surprising to me anyway…):

  • Seth Green is 39 (born 8 February 1974) – But he’s Oz from Buffy. Oz can’t be coming up to 40!
  • Ralph Macchio is 50 (born 4 November 1962) – The Karate Kid is turning 51 next month? What?!
  • Sean Connery is 83 (born 25 August 1930) – Wait… Sean Connery is nearly as old as my grandma?!
  • Cyndi Lauper is 60 (born 22 June 1953) – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was like my childhood anthem. How can its singer by 60?!
  • Robin Williams is 62 (born 21 July 1951) – Peter Pan is 62?!
  • Steven Tyler is 65 (born 26 March 1948) – I know Aerosmith have been around for a while and it’s kind of logical that its members would be getting on a bit, but for some reason it never occurred to me that Steven Tyler would be in his late 60s by now!
  • Mike Myers is 50 (born 25 May 1963) – Also, the first Austin Powers film came out 16 years ago!!
  • Michael Caine is 80 (born 14 March 1933) – If you’d asked me to guess how old he is now, I would never have said 80!
  • Mel Gibson is 57 (born 3 January 1956) – For some reason, I always picture Mel Gibson as young-ish (like in his 40s). I’m having trouble thinking of him as being only a couple of years from 60!
  • Julie Andrews is 78 (born 1 October 1935) – Let’s all just take a miniute to get our heads around the fact that Mary Poppins is nearly 80! Does not compute…

OK, enough. I don’t want to depress myself 😉 But do feel free to add more in the comments.

7 thoughts on “How old?!

  1. Can’t believe Seth Green is almost 40. I still remember him as the young guy from Idle Hands and Buffy. Time really flies by. I can’t believe that Luke Perry is 48! I mean,he was in Beverly Hills only a couple years ago, right? 🙂

  2. I saw Coolio and shook his hand in Almaty last year. He finally showed up a few hours late and did three songs (one of them was gangsta’s paradise) near the end he said to his backing singer, a very stoned guy who we hadn’t recognised up to that point “Hey Haddaway, come sing What is love?” Haddaway kinda shrugged and said “nah man, not tonight!” From selling millions of records to playing backstreet gigs in Kazakhstan, I think it’s safe to say his career has taken a wee bit of a nosedive…

    1. To be honest I didn’t realise Coolio was still performing at all. I just thought it was nice of him to cook for those students 😀
      Haddaway… there’s a name I hadn’t heard for a while!

      1. I didn’t either, we saw his name on the list and thought it would be a laugh to go and also for the questionable bragging factor of saying that we saw Coolio live in Almaty. Apparently he met Haddaway when they were contestants on some German reality show dedicated to reviving the careers of early 90s stars. When Haddaway refused, he scratched his head for a minute and then told the DJ to play gangsta’s paradise for a second time. When we were in Parnu Estonia earlier this year the Rednex were due to play a gig at one of the bars we were in, but we’d bought our tickets home so missed on the delight of seeing “cotton eyed Joe” played in small town Estonia 😦

  3. This sort of thing always blows my mind. I’m seeing Cyndi Lauper while I’m in Florida next month, and I didn’t realize until after I purchased the tickets that it’s the She’s So Unusual *30th anniversary* tour. Mind boggling.

    Liam Neeson is 61!

    George Takei is 76, older than my father!

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