7 “Vintage” Celebrity Friendships That Surpass the Boundaries of Time
Having the same friend for a lifetime is neither unusual nor uncommon. People’s connections with one another can give them a lasting sense of security and worth in their lives. Without the support of devoted, close friends, our lives would simply not be the same.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu
The long-lasting friendship Franco Columbu had with Arnold Schwarzenegger is what made him most famous. Since they first connected in Munich, they remained best friends, constantly training and encouraging one another. Columbu was Schwarzenegger’s trainer while he was gaining notoriety as the renowned actor we all know today.
When the actor lost his beloved friend in 2019, he paid him a long and heartfelt tribute, writing, “We grew, and we learned, and we loved. My life was more fun, more colorful, and more complete because of you.” Then he continued, “I will always miss you. But I’ll also know that a part of you lives on in me.”
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck met when they were 8 and 10 years old in Boston in the early 1980s. Their shared love of movies, which began at a young age, has fueled their friendship from the very start. Indeed, the famous duo has collaborated on many noteworthy films, particularly Good Will Hunting, which they co-wrote and directed. That film won them an Oscar, cementing their bond even further.
Damon, when talking about Affleck, said, “I’ve known him for 35 years, and we grew up together. We were both in love with the same thing, acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years, and that bonded us for life.”
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Since starring in the 1997 classic, Titanic, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio have been best friends for more than half their lives. The 2 well-known actors are like siblings to each other, and their love for one another has endured, even many years after they finished working on the film together.
Winslet spoke of their deep connection, saying, “He is my friend, my very close friend. We are connected for the rest of our lives.”
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts
English actress Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman have been close friends for over 30 years. Their friendship began when the 2 of them collaborated on the 1991 film, Flirting. However, the 2 stars met in high school, but they weren’t exactly friends until they both began working on the movie set.
They now have a close friendship and support one another on both a professional and personal level. In an interview, while receiving an honor, Kidman referred to their close relationship as a sisterhood. “We’ve known each other since we were teenagers,” she said. “And actually, when I was thinking about it, I was like, it’s like my sister giving me this award tonight.”
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese
For more than 40 years, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have worked together to produce some of the greatest films ever, including Taxi Driver. They had no idea that their time spent working together would lead to a friendship that would last a lifetime.
In reality, Scorsese and De Niro have known each other since they were teenagers, but their friendship didn’t blossom until they met in the 1970s to work on the film, Mean Streets. “I consider myself very lucky to have that long of a relationship with him,” De Niro confessed. “I can’t imagine my life without it.”
Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston
Friends, one of the most popular TV shows of all time, starred Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox. The 2 actresses managed to bring life to their characters, Rachel and Monica, who had been best friends since high school and had their trials, forging a friendship that has lasted over 20 years.
Nowadays, the 2 beautiful women are part of each other’s lives, present for every important moment. Similar to how Monica and Rachel supported one another through many breakups, the 2 friends can rely on one another and be there for each other as they end romantic relationships and more.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s friendship has progressed from on-screen foes to real-life pals. Stewart and McKellen met at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s, where they both started their careers before moving on to roles in television and film. The British actors, who have known each other for over 40 years, first became close when they co-starred in the film, X-Men, 2 decades ago.
Despite playing arch enemies in X-Men, McKellen and Stewart are actually like brothers in real life. Through good and bad times, the 2 actors have supported one another, sharing a lot of hilarious moments. Stewart even wrote a tribute to McKellen for his birthday: “Grateful for all the love over the years, whether as a dear friend, minister at our wedding, or colleague on screen and stage.”
Do you have a friend you’ve known since you were a kid? What’s the secret behind an enduring friendship?