It’s a rare thing to catch a glimpse of well-known, famous/infamous people before they came into the public eye, even in today’s technological age.
As generations progress, that will no doubt change, but some noted members of the Baby Boomers and Generation X still enjoy a bit of mystery with regard to their pasts, having come of age before the Digital Age.
Or should we say enjoyed?
Here’s a look at some of those who’ve shaped the modern socio-political and cultural landscape before they came to our attention.
Think of it as a look behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz, a view of how they looked before they, for better or worse, were thrust into global consciousness.
Some are dead ringers for their former selves.
Some will shock you with their youthful normalcy.
Some will make you wonder what happened to make them turn out the way they did.
Regardless of your reaction, here’s a glimpse into who they were before they became the people we know them to be now.
The woman born Norma Jeane Mortenson would come to be known as sex symbol Marilyn Monroe.
A young Joseph Stalin, before his days as a despot.
Albert Einstein, long before the greatness that would await him later in life.
Osama bin Laden studied judo in the 1980s in Saudi Arabia.
Has Michelle Obama actually gotten younger through the years?
That’s just a regular cigarette, right future President Barack Obama?
Aside from the hair, young JFK looks exactly the same as the man he would grow into.
Young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, long before he would ascend to the role of Bishop of Rome as Pope Francis.
The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, as a younger man.
Born Cassius Clay Jr., here’s a look at boxer Muhammed Ali before he became “the greatest.”
Nicholas Cage, a man who never met a role he didn’t like.
Steven Seagal, who apparently bore a tremendous likeness to Moe Howard at some point.
President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, back when Bill was auditioning for the part of The Dude in The Big Lebowski.
A young John Lennon doing his best James Dean back in Liverpool.
The late Nelson Mandela as a younger man.
Vladimir Putin, before he lost all his hair wrestling bears in Siberia.
Future Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
A younger Karol Wojtyła, who would later be known to the world as Pope John Paul II.
President George Walker Bush during his days at Yale.
Pity the fool who doesn’t recognize a young Laurence “Mr. T” Tero.
Elvis Aron Presley, before he became The King.
President Richard Milhous Nixon, football player for Whittier College.
OK, so a member of the Royal Family was never really an unknown. Nevertheless, here is a younger Queen Elizabeth II.
A young Kim Jong-un.
Young Kim Jong-il with his father, Kim Il-sung.
Young Chuck Norris And Bruce Lee.