This is a list of notable people in the entertainment and acting fields who attained the age of 100 years or more. This list is incredibly incomplete, and more people will be added in the coming days.
“ (January 20, 1896-March 9, 1996): American vaudevillian, radio, film and television actor who gained recognition along with his wife Gracie in the Burns and Allen comedy team. In 1975, George Burns was nominated for and won the Academy award for best supporting actor for his role opposite Walter Matthau in the Sunshine Boys. ” - aladdinsane85
Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908...
“ (May 29, 1903-July 27, 2003): The English born world renowned comedian, vaudevillian, film actor, Oscar host and friend to American servicemen died two months after his 100th birthday in 2003. ” - aladdinsane85
Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd
in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own...
“ (January 14, 1892-November 2, 1992): American film and television producer who was instrumental in developing the Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang comedies. ” - aladdinsane85
Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools. His earliest musical education was from his father...
“ (May 11, 1888-September 22, 1989): Famed Russian born American lyricist and songwriter. He provided the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards, among them "White Christmas". ” - aladdinsane85
Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious schemes...
“ (January 26, 1905-July 9, 2007): American character actor of both film and television whose face is familiar, but his name may not be. His career spanned over sixty years. ” - aladdinsane85
Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott attended Hamburg High School...
“ (June 25, 1887-January 31, 1995): American Broadway playwright, producer and film director who lived to be 107. ” - aladdinsane85
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress...
“ (January 12, 1910- ): The oldest living Oscar winner, as well as the first actress to when back-to-back Best Actress Oscars in 1936 (The Great Zeigfeld) and 1937 (The Good Earth.) ” - aladdinsane85
was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the University of California...
“ (July 4, 1910-September 26, 2010): American actress who starred opposite Claude Rains in the 1933 film "The Invisible Man". She is best known to modern audiences as the 100 year old Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic". Ironically Stuart herself lived to be 100, after playing a centenarian in the aforementioned film. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (October 10, 1909-August 1, 2010): Art director for numerous Hitchcock films, including "North By Northwest" and "The Birds". He received an honorary Academy award in 2008 at age 98. ” - aladdinsane85
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck
, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing films...
“ (August 22, 1902-September 8, 2003): German director of such films as "Olympia" and "Triumph of the Will." Hailed by some as the greatest female film director of the twentieth century, Riefenstahl's film career suffered because of her associations with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (October 20, 1909- ): American silent film actress and the niece of Universal pictures film mogul Carl Laemmle. She spoke the first lines of dialogue in the 1931 film "Dracula" and appeared in the 1925 silent classic "Phantom of the Opera", and is the last surviving cast member of both movies. ” - aladdinsane85
Adolph Zukor was a poor Hungarian immigrant when he arrived in the United States in 1889. He tried his hand in the fur trade (starting as a sweeper for $2 a week pay) and proved his entrepreneurial acumen by steady advancement, eventually setting up successful businesses in New York and Chicago. By the time he reached thirty...
“ (January 7, 1873-June 10, 1976): Hollywood film mogul who was the founder of Paramount Pictures. He lived to be 103. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (December 11, 1908- ): Portuguese film director who released his first full length picture in 1942. Notable for being the oldest active film director in the world. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (January 25, 1891-January 27, 1992): British actress who appeared with Christopher Lee and Charles Gray in the overlooked Hammer film classic "The Devil Rides Out" (1967.) ” - aladdinsane85
“ (December 16, 1906- ): Canadian born actress who is among the last living actors to have achieved fame as an adult during the silent film era. Today, at the age of 104, she refuses to grant interviews or acknowledge her past film career. ” - aladdinsane85
Frederica Sagor Maas
Frederica Sagor Maas was born in America, the youngest daughter of Russian immigrants. Feeling no great desire to complete her course in journalism at Columbia University, New York, she found film an exciting new artistic medium, and was hired by Universal Studios as a story editor, and later MGM as a fully fledged screenwriter...
“ (July 6, 1900- ): Frederica Sagor Maas is an American screenwriter and playwright who attained the age of 110 years in 2010. She is, as of this writing, considered one of the oldest people in the world. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (May 19, 1906 - February 24, 2007) American actor and Olympian who appeared as "Cody" in the 1948 John Huston classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre." ” - aladdinsane85
Sol Saks, the screenwriter and TV executive who became a millionaire for writing the pilot for the TV series Bewitched
, was born on December 13, 1910 n New York City, though he was raised Chicago from the time he was two-years-old. A radio actor as a child, Saks started out his professional life as an adult as a journalist...
“ (December 13, 1910-April 16, 2011): Creator of the "Bewitched" television show, television writer and producer. He turned 100 in December 2010. ” - aladdinsane85
Claire Du Brey
Lovely brown-eyed, brunette Claire Du Brey enjoyed a rich, four-decade film career in all. Born Clara Violet Dubrey on August 31, 1892, in Bonner's Ferry Idaho, her family traveled the rugged Sierra Madre terrain by covered wagon in their move to California when she was 13. Educated in a convent setting and once trained to be a nurse...
“ (August 31, 1892-August 1, 1993): American silent film actress whose career spanned into the late 1950s. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (May 31, 1889-September 12, 1990): English actress who appeared in the 1960 Bitish comedy "Make Mine Mink", with Terry-Thomas and Billie Whitelaw. Seyler was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1959. ” - aladdinsane85
Doris Eaton was born in Norfolk, Virginia, into a show business family. The young Doris began appearing on stage with her brothers Charles and Joseph and her sisters Mary and Pearl when she was five years old. She made her Broadway debut aside her brother Charles in "Mother Carey's Chickens" in 1917...
“ (March 14, 1904-May 11, 2010): Doris Eaton Travis was the last surviving Zeigfeld Girl,and a Broadway and film actress. She appeared in the film "Man On the Moon" with Jim Carrey as Eleanor Gould, the old lady who pretends to die on stage. ” - aladdinsane85
The Spanish born ventriloquist Senor Wences was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world. Hugely popular with American TV audiences Wences was also a top nightclub favorite. Born Wenceslao Moreno in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca (Spain), Wences began performing ventriloquism as a child...
“ (April 17, 1896-April 20, 1999): Spanish ventriloquist who made numerous appearances on the Ed Sullivan show during the 1960s. ” - aladdinsane85
When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West End...
“ (January 24, 1883-June 20, 1984): English actress who appeared in the original production of "The Producers" (as "Hold Me, Touch Me" and as the ancient nurse in "Murder By Death" in 1976. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (June 24, 1908-March 7, 2009): Italian screenwriter who helped write the now famous Federico Fellini films "La Dolce Vita" and "8½." ” - aladdinsane85
Frantisek Lederer was born on November 6th, 1899, in Czechoslovakia. His father was a leather merchant, and young Frantisek began his working life as a department store delivery boy in Prague. He fell in love with acting from a young age, and was soon on stage touring Moravia and then all over Central Europe with people like Peter Lorre...
“ (November 6, 1899-May 25, 2000): Austrian-American actor who appeared in the G.W. Pabst film "Pandora's Box" in 1929. Lederer died in 2000 at age 101. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (June 8, 1891-February 20, 1996): American silent film actress and model who appeared in the first known movie in which a woman appeared nude "Inspiration" (1915.) ” - aladdinsane85
“ (March 12, 1858-September 1, 1962): American actress who appeared in the Charlie Chaplin film "City Lights" in 1931. ” - aladdinsane85
Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years...
“ (February 23, 1892-December 7, 1995): British character actress who appeared as Mrs. Dilber in the 1951 film version of "A Christmas Carol", with Alastair Sim. ” - aladdinsane85
Irving Rapper was one of the last surviving directors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, passing away on Dec. 20, 1999, at the age of 101, four weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. Rapper is best remembered for the films he made with Bette Davis
, including the classics Now, Voyager
and The Corn Is Green
“ (January 16, 1898-December 16, 1999): British director who helmed such films as "Now, Voyager" and "The Glass Menagerie." ” - aladdinsane85
“ (January 25, 1911- ): East German film director who's career spanned thirty years. From 1954-64, Maetzig was the first president of the German University of Cinema. ” - aladdinsane85
Pola Illéry was an exotic silent film star in France and Romania during the 1920s and made a modest transition to sound films in the 1930s. She was known for portraying sexually liberated women and was considered the most glamorous film star in Romania. After she left films feeling she achieved her time in the spotlight she fled to America in 1939 with the rise of Nazism...
“ (October 15, 1908- ): Silent film actress active in European cinema during the twenties and thirties. This woman may not have made it to 100, but all indications point to her being alive. ” - aladdinsane85
Jean Delannoy began his film career in the 1920s as an actor. By the 1930s he had switched careers and become an editor, then a short-subjects director. By the mid-'30s he was a full-fledged director, and soon garnered a reputation as a sensitive, understated craftsman with a thorough command of the medium...
“ (January 12, 1908-June 18, 2008): French film director who won a Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946 for his film "La Symphonie Pastorale." ” - aladdinsane85
“ (April 26, 1902-January 5, 2005): French film editor and director who helmed fifteen films between 1929 and 1950. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (September 15, 1899-September 29, 2001): Referred to by some as the "Last Finnish Film Tycoon", Orko was head of production and chief director at the Suomi Filmi film company during the 1930s. He eventually became its CEO in 1945. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (December 26, 1874-August 26, 1980): German actress who's career spanned from 1890s stage work to her last film appearance in 1956. She was also the grandmother of famed actress Romy Schneider (1938-1982.) ” - aladdinsane85
Liane Haid was a prima ballerina, dancer, singer, stage and film actress. As a child, she studied voice and dancing and played at the Viennese Open Ballet. She worked in Budapest and Vienna as a dancer. On stage, she was in Berlin and Vienna. She also made close to a hundred movies - silents and talkies...
“ (August 16, 1895-November 28, 2000): Mentioned by some as "Austria's first film star", Haid was a pin-up girl, dancer and actress during the 1920s and 30s. She escaped the Nazis in 1942 and quietly made her last film appearance in 1953's Die fünf Karnickel. ” - aladdinsane85
“ (February 28, 1911- ): Czechoslovakian film director who helmed over fifty films from 1931 to 2003. He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2011. ” - aladdinsane85