Published May 12, 2011
More than a few older actors are transitioning to the small screen, finding success on television, lured by the promise of greater creative control and hefty paychecks, the Toronto Sun reports.
According to the paper, increasing numbers of film stars, including Jeremy Irons and Kathy Bates, have made the successful switch to television. Irons is starring in Showtime’s “The Borgias,” while Bates leads the cast of NBC’s “Harry’s Law.”
Kiefer Sutherland, in the role of Jack Bauer on “24,” was one of the first to make a successful switch; his role on the Fox drama made him one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. In 2006, he signed a three-year, $40 million contract for the show’s final seasons.
The Sun notes that with fewer meaningful roles existing for mature women, several A-list actresses have moved to the smaller screen. They include: Glenn Close (“The Shield”; “Damages”), Holly Hunter (“Saving Grace”), Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) and Sally Field (“Brothers and Sisters”).