Top Ten Actors Over 70

A list of the ten greatest elderly actors of our day, according to me. This list excludes deceased actors, otherwise I'd be in for a lot of tough decisions. Fun fact, 40% of the men on this list are British Knights, which should speak to the legitimacy of it.
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1.
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
“ No explanation needed, Sir Sean Connery is quite simply the greatest living actor today. With an instantly recognizable accent, unmatched charisma and machismo, Sir Sean Connery is simply the best. He's done everything, and has earned his retirement, good luck to you Sir Connery, and may you live a long and wonderful life in your waning years. ” - JaykobStorey
 
2.
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Sir Sean Connery may have been the first actor to play Bond but Sir Christopher Lee was the first Bond. Christopher Lee was a spy in WWII, and cousin of Bond writer Ian Fleming was stated by the writer (also a WWII spy) to be the inspiration for the famous British secret agent. If that weren't enough his acting chops are legendary, and his perseverance in the industry is amazing, still making films at 88 years old. Christopher Lee is amazing. ” - JaykobStorey
 
3.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Clint Eastwood is an action hero beyond compare, the original big screen badass. The Man With No Name, Dirty Harry, and countless other memorable, and legendary characters make Clint a shoe in for this list. Do you feel lucky punk? ” - JaykobStorey
 
4.
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Sir Ian McKellen, simply perfect, the man can act circles around the younger crowds, and has become rather well known for portraying icons among the geek community with Gandaulf, and Magneto under his belt. Famous theater actor, who's command of the stage is matched easily by his command of the screen. Random fact, the only gay man to make this list. ” - JaykobStorey
 
5.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Morgan Freeman, if you need a soothing, yet manly voice to narrate your movie then you need Mr.Freeman. Morgan is so versatile, and quite simply a great actor, with few equals in the sheer depth of his talent. ” - JaykobStorey
 
6.
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His parents...
“ The legendary Kirk Douglas. The oldest man to make the list, and recipient of many a "Holy crap, he's still alive!" Mr.Douglas rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most prolific American actors in history. He suffered a terrible stroke several years back and has since recovered, but his speech has been greatly impaired, but that didn't stop him from hitting the Oscars for what may be his last public appearance. Oh and one last thing.... He is Spartacus!!! ” - JaykobStorey
 
7.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Ah yes Sir Michael Caine, and yes I will insist on calling him Sir Michael Caine, as I will with any other Knights that appear on this list, and believe me they do. Sir Michael Caine has appeared in so many critically acclaimed films it's hard not to put him on such a list. Versatile, classically talented, and a gentleman among gentlemen, Sir Michal Caine is deserving of his spot, as a solidly amazing actor. ” - JaykobStorey
 
8.
John Cleese
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height...
“ Oh yes John Cleese! One of the most delightfully funny men in film history, Mr.Cleese is absolutely hilarious. Most recognized for his work with Monty Python which let's face it earns him his spot all on his own. There isn't much I can really say about him except that if you're currently ignorant to the genius that is Monty Python watch Holy Grail immediately. ” - JaykobStorey
 
9.
William Shatner
Actor, Star Trek
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
“ Did you really think this list would be without a single Canadian? Think again, cause Shatner is here! If you forget everything except for Captain Kirk you've still got a legend on your hands, this man has accomplished so much. William Shatner changed the world, and there are few more deserving of this list than him. Funny, talented, and genuinely a great man that deserves our utmost respect. ” - JaykobStorey
 
10.
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ James Earl Jones, master of one of the world's most commanding voices. He has voiced a great many legendary roles, such as Darth Vader and Mufasa and a long time screen legend. Mr.Jones has never really appeared in any starring roles, and is mostly recognized for his voice, rather than his actual on screen appearances. Nevertheless he has still managed to solidify his status as an iconic actor, whose vocals are so versatile and powerful. Mr.Jones I salute you. ” - JaykobStorey