Best living actors over 80 years old

by EdwardNashtonReeves | created - 01 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

List of people born 1940 or earlier who are acting legends living as of 23/10/2020.

Of course this list is very subjective and I prefer adding ones I saw and especially ones I love for awhile. However, there are certain people that I didn't see yet, but still know they have to be here to make a proper list. I also welcome suggestions.

  • To make it more easy to locate someone, I decided to put them in the order by date of birth.

2020 waiting list. These actors and actresses will hopefully turn 80 during 2020 and will be added (suggest someone if you like):

Connie Booth James Cromwell Terry Gilliam Marlene Jobert Sam Waterson

*** French theater and voice-over actress Renee Simonot was born on 10th of September 1911 and is thus, the oldest living actor. She is also known as the mother of cinematic diva Catherine Deneuve. However, as Simonot doesn't have her own IMDb page, she isn't listed here.

*** Japanese actor Katsumi Tezuka as born on 31st of August 1912 and is known for his portrayal of Godzilla in the original 1954 film as well as several sequels. However, his whereabouts are unknown since the 1970s and he might or might not actually be alive today.

1. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

b. 1914

Emmy nominated actor, known for Dead Poets Society and Alfed Hitchcock films, still active (Trainwreck).

2. Hilda Bernard

Actress | Antonella

Hilda Bernard has been involved in show business for more than 50 years. Characterized for playing wealthy and evil characters in many soap operas, this extraodinary actress has been also involved in very important radio performances as a leading actress. Currently, she is rehearsing aunt Ema with ...

b. 1920

Veteran actress of Argentinian films, television, radio and stage. Still active after more than 75 years of career.

3. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

b. 1922

The first Icon lady for this list:)

One of best actresses EVER! How come she's never been nominated for Oscar? I love this woman! So gentle and yet so much spark in her eyes! She is in my top 10 overall. Seen her in Golden Girls, Lake Placid, You Again, Proposal, Lost Valentine...:)

4. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Musical-voiced Glynis Johns is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in ...

b. 1923

Who doesn't remember the matriarch of the family in which Mary Poppins came in?

5. Leslie Phillips

Actor | Venus

A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips' heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major ...

b. 1924

Amazing actor from Harry Potter and Marple: By Pricking of my Thumbs, where he shared screen with amazing June Whitfield, who is also on this list. Nice to see them both so active

6. Eva Marie Saint

Actress | On the Waterfront

Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes ...

b. 1924

Silver Age star, I saw her in Superman Returns as Ma Kent

7. Cicely Tyson

Actress | The Help

Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...

b. 1924

Saw her in The Help and she was really a scene stealer. Awarded for her guest role in How To Get Away with Murder. Still very active in 2020 (Fall from Grace).

8. Ignacio López Tarso

Actor | Macario

Ignacio López Tarso was born on January 15, 1925 in Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Ignacio López López. He is an actor, known for Macario (1960), Rosa blanca (1961) and El Pantera (2007).

b. 1925

Legendary Mexican film and tv actor (Esmeralda)

9. Hal Holbrook

Actor | Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...

b. 1925

Excellent actor, shined in Lincoln, at 87

10. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925 in Regent's Park, London, England as Angela Brigid Lansbury. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Anastasia (1997) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). She was previously married to Peter Shaw and Richard Cromwell.

b. 1925.

Lovable actress, very charming in Murder: She Wrote episodes. Active on film and television. She said she'd never retire.

11. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

b. 1925

Loved him in Mary Poppins and Night at the museum! Hilarious!

12. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...

b. 1926

An excellent and underrated comedian. She was brilliant in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Also saw her in Scary Movie and You Again where she had an encounter with another great comedian Betty White and it was epic! Also notable as Malcolm's grandmother in Malcolm in the Middle. Still very much active.

13. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

b. 1926

Amazing actor too, but first and foremost one of the biggest cinematic intellectuals of our time. His films are so hilarious on the outside and yet so smart on the deeper level. And he's still got it!

14. Irene Papas

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

Irene Papas was born on September 3, 1926 in Chilimodion, Corynth, Greece as Eiríni Lelékou. She is an actress, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Message (1976) and Electra (1962).

b. 1926

One of the biggest film divas of Greek cinema.

15. Lisa Lu

Actress | 2012

Lisa Lu is a Chinese-American actress. She started her career as a teenager, performing in Kunqu theatrical productions, a traditional style of Chinese opera. The Chinese Civil War (1927-1949) ended with a Communist victory. While the new regime financially subsidized China's theaters for most of ...

b. 1927

Seasoned tv and film actress (Crazy Rich Asians, 2012)

16. Sidney Poitier

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to...

b. 1927

I don't think I ever saw anything with him, but I know who he is and this list just wouldn't be full without him.

17. Pat Carroll

Actress | The Little Mermaid

She has played everything from chatterbox wives to wicked stepsisters on TV, and from Gertrude Stein to Shakespeare's Falstaff on stage. At age 80 plus, the plucky comedienne shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The riotous Pat Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1927, the daughter of...

b. 1927

Legendary Disney star, Ursula from Little Mermaid.

18. Geoffrey Palmer

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

Lugubrious-faced English actor Geoffrey Palmer was born in London, the son of a chartered accountant. After leaving school, he did his national service with the Royal Marines where he became a field training and small arms instructor. He then briefly tried his hand at accountancy before his ...

b. 1927

He was first added by suggestion, but I did saw him later in Poirot: Clocks as Admiral and he was fantastic!

19. Inga Landgré

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Inga Landgré was born on August 6, 1927 in Stockholm, Sweden. She is an actress, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Seventh Seal (1957) and Crisis (1946). She was previously married to Nils Poppe.

b. 1927

Starred in Seventh Seal and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

20. Rosemary Harris

Actress | Spider-Man

Rosemary Harris was born on September 19, 1927 in Ashby, Suffolk, England as Rosemary Ann Harris. She is an actress, known for Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). She was previously married to John Ehle and Ellis Rabb.

b. 1927

One of the most beautiful old ladies I've seen. I saw her in Spiderman and she gave the most touching amazing performance in her every scene and also she was good in action scenes in her late 70s.

21. Josefina Echánove

Actress | The Honorary Consul

Josefina Echánove was born on September 29, 1927 in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Beyond the Limit (1983), High Risk (1981) and La casa al final de la calle (1989).

b. 1927

Mexican actress (Rubi). IMDb lists her as born 29th September 1927 in Mexico, but Wikipedia says she was born on 21st July 1928, in USA. The newest update suggest she might be born in 1923.

22. Queta Lavat

Actress | Las tandas del principal

Queta Lavat was born on February 23, 1929 in Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Enriqueta Margarita Lavat Bayona. She is an actress, known for Las tandas del principal (1949), Cruz de amor (1970) and In the Name of Love (2008).

b. 1929

Great and undereared Tv actress (La Intrusa, Corazon Salvaje, La Usurpadora 2019)

23. James Hong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but at some point along the way became interested in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California and practiced for 1½ years as a road engineer with the County of Los ...

b. 1929

American film(Blade Runner) and Tv actor (Hawaii 5.0., Rush Hour), and voice-over actor (Kung Fu Panda, TMNT). Still very much active.

24. Thelma Barlow

Actress | Mrs Henderson Presents

Thelma Barlow (née Pigott) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies.

Thelma Barlow was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, the younger of two ...

b. 1929

25. Pat Crawford Brown

Actress | The Rocketeer

Pat Crawford Brown was born on June 29, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Rocketeer (1991), Reality Bites (1994) and Norbit (2007). She was married to Calvin Burdell Brown. She died on July 2, 2019 in the USA.

b. 1929

26. Betty Ruth

Actress | Mariana de la noche

Betty Ruth was born on August 1, 1929 in Tolima, Colombia. She is an actress, known for Mariana de la noche (1975), El sol sale para todos (1985) and Esa muchacha de ojos cafe (1986).

born 1929

Great performance of a very unusual character in La Mujer de Judas

27. Vera Miles

Actress | Psycho

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she ...

b. 1929

Starred in 1960 Psycho

28. Fernanda Montenegro

Actress | Central do Brasil

Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva was born on 16th October 1929 in Rio de Janeiro. She adopted the name "Fernanda" because she thought it sounded good. "Montenegro" came after her family doctor.

In late 40s she was translating and adapting famous theater plays to radio. She begun her artistic life ...

b. 1929

Brazilian tv and movie diva, also nominated for Oscar

29. Joan Plowright

Actress | The Spiderwick Chronicles

Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own...

b. 1929

Interesting trivia: She is the widow of Sir Laurence Olivier

30. June Squibb

Actress | Nebraska

June Squibb is an American actress, once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Squibb was born in 1929 in Vandalia, Illinois. Vandalia had served as the state capital of Illinois for two decades (1819-1839), but it has remained a small city since the capital was transferred ...

b. 1929

Oscar nominee for Nebraska, saw her in horror film Would You Rather.

31. Edward Asner

Actor | Up

Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 ...

b. 1929

I know him as voice actor, especially Granny Goodness from Superman TAS, so natuarlly when I see him on some event, I just love him:)

32. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

b. 1929

One of my favorite elder actors, he's such a gentleman. Also, unlike many on the list, he was quite attractive as a young man and got some main roles, like in Sound of Music. Also saw him in Thorn Birds, Dr. Parnassus, National Treasure...

PS. He is the oldest actor EVER to win Oscar (he won in 2012)

33. Frances Sternhagen

Actress | Misery

Raised in Washington, D.C., the great-granddaughter (on her father's side) of German immigrants, Frances Hussey Sternhagen taught acting, singing and dancing to schoolchildren before first performing herself with the Arena Stage Group.

Since then, she has been seen in numerous Broadway and ...

b. 1930

Loved her in Misery:)

34. Tippi Hedren

Actress | The Birds

From working for (Best Director) Alfred Hitchcock, to a movie written by (Worst Director) Edward D. Wood Jr., Tippi Hedren, the Minnesota girl of Scandinavian descent, has had a distinctive career. She was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, MN, to Dorothea (née Eckhardt) and Bernard Hedren, who ...

b. 1930

Leading lady from Birds and mother of Melanie Griffith.

35. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

b. 1930

One of the great ones, for sure. Oscar winner who earned it! Too bad he is retured now. I know him from Unforgiven, Superman, Enemy of the State, Absolute Power... Is it just me, or he played crooked politicians a lot?

36. Robert Wagner

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Robert John Wagner Jr. was born on February 10, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, to Thelma Hazel Alvera (Boe), a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner Sr., a traveling salesman. His paternal grandparents were German and his maternal grandparents were Norwegian. His family moved to Los Angeles when ...

b. 1930

Awesome in Austin Powers trilogy, where he starred as Number One!

37. John Astin

Actor | The Frighteners

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964), John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and ...

b. 1930

Riddler from Batman 60s tv show and Gomez from The Addams Family tv show.

38. Mary Costa

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Mary Costa was born on April 5, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Great Waltz (1972) and The Merry Widow (1968). She was previously married to Frank Tashlin.

b. 1930

Disney legend, orginal Princess Aurora from the animated classic. Still active as an opera singer.

39. Alan Oppenheimer

Actor | Westworld

Alan Oppenheimer was born on April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Alan Louis Oppenheimer. He is an actor, known for Westworld (1973), 9 (2009) and He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985). He was previously married to Marianna Elliott and Marilyn Greenwood.

b. 1930

Voice of Alfred Pennyworth from Batman / Superman Public Enemies and villainous Alistair Crane from soap opera Passions.

40. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later 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 ...

b. 1930

A man who doesn't have to be introduced. Actor, director, writer, producer, Oscar winner and living legend. I saw him in many excellent films, from Dirty Harry to Unforgiven and Gran Torino.

41. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

b. 1930

Always amazing and touching in her performances, even when her character is supposed to be unlikeable. Even so, she mostly plays nice grannies. Her performance in Notebook is my fav of hers.

42. Eric del Castillo

Actor | El ángel exterminador

Eric del Castillo was born on July 22, 1930 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico as Eduardo Castillo Negrete Galván. He is an actor and director, known for The Exterminating Angel (1962), Las grandes aguas (1980) and Un gancho al corazón (2008).

b. 1930

Veteran Mexican actor (Nina amada mia, Tres veces Ana, Lo que la vida me robo). Father of famous actress Kate del Castillo.

43. Sean Connery

Actor | The Untouchables

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known as the original actor to portray James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him unable to escape it, but he ...

b. 1930

Sir Sean Connery certainly deserves great amount of respect for his remarkable contribution to movie history! He was the first James Bond, also starred in Indiana Jones and In the Name of Rose, both in which he stole the scenes he was in:)

44. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

b. 1930

French actor, screenwriter and actor, lead in bone-chilling Oscar-winning Amour.

45. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

b. 1930

Gave a great performance in excellent and underrated movie Angels and Demons

46. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

b. 1931

Need I say more? From Godfather to Broken Trail, he has left a permanent marker on movie history and truely is one of the living legends of cinema.

47. James Earl Jones

Actor | Rogue One

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred ...

b. 1931

He is definitely one of the best screen presences today! That voice alone! Mufassa! Darth Vader!!!! Also, in Conan he was awesome as the main villain. Amazing actor!!

48. Claire Bloom

Actress | Clash of the Titans

Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as an octogenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.

She was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15,...

b. 1931

Saw her in Kings Speech, gave a great supporting role of Queen Mother, also great in Marple: By Pricking of my Thumbs, as another grumpy granny!

49. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady 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 ...

b. 1931

There is only one Shatner, the original Kirk on Star Trek!! Still very much active.

50. Leslie Caron

Actress | Gigi

Born in the suburbs of Paris, France, Leslie Caron is an actress and dancer. Gene Kelly got her into the movies for the film An American in Paris (1951). Got a world-wide reputation for her roles in Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958). Most recently Caron has appeared in British TV series The Durrells in ...

b. 1931

51. Silvia Pinal

Actress | Viridiana

Now a living legend and still very active, Silvia Pinal began her career in theater and became a leading lady in her first movie roles, in the late 1940s. Always a smart urban girl, she belongs to the second and most versatile generation of Mexican movie stars of the Golden Era, together with Pedro...

b. 1931

Legendary Mexican actress of big screen and television

52. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

b. 1931

Oscar winner for West Side Story. Also starred in Oz.

53. Piper Laurie

Actress | The Hustler

Piper Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee, nominated by BAFTA as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best performance by an actress in 'The Hustler' with Paul Newman.

Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a ...

b. 1932

Great as a demon mother to Carrie in Stephen King's horror classic!

54. Anouk Aimée

Actress |

The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). During the 1950s and 1960s she made various films, including Montparnasse 19 (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960), but only Lola (1961) , Jacques Demy, and A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude ...

b. 1932

55. Phyllida Law

Actress | The Time Machine

Phyllida Law was born on May 8, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland as Phyllida Ann Law. She is an actress and writer, known for The Time Machine (2002), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Unleashed (2005). She was previously married to Eric Thompson.

b. 1932

Great actress and mother to two more great actresses, Emma and Sophie Thompson.

56. Prunella Scales

Actress | Howards End

Prunella Scales was born on June 22, 1932 in Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England as Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth. She is an actress, known for Howards End (1992), Fawlty Towers (1975) and The Boys from Brazil (1978). She has been married to Timothy West since October 1963. They have two ...

b. 1932

57. Murray Melvin

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Murray Melvin was born on August 10, 1932 in St. Pancras, London, England. He is an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), A Taste of Honey (1961) and Barry Lyndon (1975).

b. 1932

British character actor (Midsomer Murders, The Lost City of Z, Phantom of the Opera)

58. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of Irish, French/French-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Native American ancestry.. She worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a ...

b. 1932

Oscar-winning actress (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), starred in Requiem for a Dream, Interstellar, Age of Adaline and The Exorcist.

59. Nichelle Nichols

Actress | Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. She began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was twice nominated for ...

b. 1932

Original Nyota Uhura in Star Trek.

60. Caroline Blakiston

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Caroline Blakiston was born on February 13, 1933 in Chelsea, London, England as Caroline Georgiana Blakiston. She is an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Scoop (2006) and For Elsie (2011).

b. 1933

Mon Mothma in Star Wars. Still active on television (Poldark).

61. Kim Novak

Actress | Vertigo

Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers. She even ...

b. 1933

Legendary actress of Film Noir of 1950s and 1960s (Vertigo)

62. Michael Caine

Actor | The Prestige

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 ...

b. 1933

Perfect actor, amazing, amazing guy. He was a legend in his younger days and still is. Best roles I saw: Alfred in TDK trilogy, Inception, Quiet American, Dressed to Kill, Get Carter, ect.

63. Renée Taylor

Actress | The Nanny

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. She earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks's The...

b. 1933

Mama Sylvia from ''The Nanny''

64. Carol Burnett

Soundtrack | The Carol Burnett Show

The entertainment world has enjoyed a six-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that...

b. 1933

Famous comedienne, ''The Carol Burnett Show''

65. Siân Phillips

Actress | Dune

Veteran stage actress Sian Phillips is forever identified on television as the tarantula mother/empress Livia in the classic BBC series I, Claudius (1976), and as the Reverend Mother in the science fiction epic film Dune (1984). Her broad range of roles went from endearing to downright deadly.


b. 1933 (several sources cite 1934)

One of best British stage, tv and movie actresses, most notably as Livia in I Claudius and as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen in Dune. Also starred in tv series such as Poirot and Midsomer Murders.

66. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins is an English actress from Paddington, London. She is most famous for playing the role of vengeful schemer Alexis Carrington Colby in the soap opera "Dynasty" (1981-1989). In 1997, Collins was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama. In 2015,...

b. 1933

Legendary tv actress, Alexis from Dynasty, the original soap opera 'b*tch'.

67. Elisa Stella

Actress | La mujer de Judas

Venezuelan veteran actress Elisa Stella was born on June 15, 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent many years working in theatre and made her film debut in 1971 and TV debut in 1975. Through the years she gave some of the finest performances in series such as Mi Gorda Bella (as Dona Elena), ...

b. 1933 (some sources cite 1916)

Venezuelan tv. actress (La Mujer de Judas, Mi Gorda Bella)

68. Per Myrberg

Actor | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Per Myrberg was born on July 11, 1933 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Per Nils Myrberg. He is an actor, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Saltön (2005) and Sunday's Children (1992). He is married to Sara Myrberg. They have six children. He was previously married to ...

b. 1933

Known as the oldest Vanger brother from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

69. Julie Newmar

Actress | Ghosts Can't Do It

Julia Chalene Newmeyer was born on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, the eldest of three children. Her father, Don, was a one-time professional football player (LA Buccaneers, 1926), her mother, Helen Jesmer, was a star of the Follies of 1920, who later became a fashion designer under the...

b. 1933

Catwoman from old Batman series.

70. David McCallum

Actor | The Great Escape

Since David McCallum's father, David McCallum Sr., was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, it's not surprising that David was originally headed for a career in music, playing oboe. He studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Music. He left that,...

b. 1933

Incredible as Dr. Ducky Mallard during all seasons of Navy CIS.

71. Tsai Chin

Actress | You Only Live Twice

Tsai Chin, pinyin Zhou Caiqin is an actor, director, teacher and author, best known in America for her film role as Auntie Lindo in The Joy Luck Club. The third daughter of Zhou Xinfang, China's great actor in the last century, she was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London (first ...

b. 1933

One of three Bond Girls to appear in more than one movie. She was a deadly masseuse in You Only Live Twice (1967) and a card player Madam Wu in Casino Royale (2006).

72. Rosalind Knight

Actress | About a Boy

Rosalind Knight was born on December 3, 1933 in Marylebone, London, England as Rosalind Marie Knight. She is an actress, known for About a Boy (2002), Tom Jones (1963) and The Lady in the Van (2015). She was previously married to Michael Elliott.

b. 1933

73. Sylvia Syms

Actress | The Queen

London-born Sylvia Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A repertory player by the time she was discovered for films by the British star Anna Neagle ...

b. 1934

Lovely character actress, known for The Queen playing Elizabeth Lyons, the Queen Mother.

74. Tom Baker

Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra

One of Britain's most recognizable (and most larger-than-life) character actors, Tom Baker is best known for his record-setting seven-year stint as the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). He was born in 1934 in Liverpool, to Mary Jane (Fleming) and John Stewart Baker. His father was of English and ...

b. 1934

The Fourth Doctor Who

75. Annette Crosbie

Actress | The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...

b. 1934

76. Alan Arkin

Actor | Argo

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.

He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...

b. 1934

Great character actor, excellent in Argo, Get Smart and Edward Scissorhands. It is great to see him still so active.

77. Richard Chamberlain

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Richard Chamberlain became THE leading heartthrob of early 1960s TV. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. While this ...

b. 1934

Leading actor from Thorn Birds

78. Shirley MacLaine

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on ...

b. 1934

Amazing actress and great to see her still working in 2014.

  • Sister of Warren Beatty (also on the list under 1937)

79. Akira Takarada

Actor | Gojira

Born on April 29, 1934, in Chongjin, North Korea, Akira Takarada rose from the Toho New Face program (with Yu Fujiki and Momoko Kochi) to become one of the most recognizable men associated with the original Godzilla (Gojira) series, even though he appeared in only six installments. He began in 1949...

b. 1934

Protagonist of the original Godzilla film from 1954. Takarada was the human lead, Hideto Ogata.

80. Eileen Atkins

Actress | Gosford Park

Eileen Atkins was born in a Salvation Army Women's Hostel in north London. Her father was a gas meter reader; her mother, a seamstress and barmaid. A drama teacher taught her how to drop her Cockney accent, and she studied Shakespeare and Greek tragedies. Her breakthrough role in "The Killing of ...

b. 1934

Amazing character actress. Starred in Cold Mountain, Robin Hood, The Hours, Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express and much more.

81. Jean Marsh

Actress | Willow

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...

b. 1934

I know her as Evil Queen Bavmorda from Willow

82. Louise Fletcher

Actress | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, she took a trip out west with her...

b. 1934

Chillingly good as evil Nurse Ratched in One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest, for which she won Oscar.

83. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

b. 1934

One of the most iconic actresses of Golden Age. Many times pronounced one of the most beautiful women alive.

84. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

b. 1934

Dame Judi, Oscar winner and one of the finest actors of today! From Shakespeare to Bond, this lady proves to be one of the heavyweights in the business. She is simply spectacular in everything she's been in. Saw her in so many diverse and memorable roles.

85. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

b. 1934

Great Dame of British cinema, and grand lady that still films equally as before.

  • Notable roles are Minerva McGonnagall in Harry Potter films, Gosford Park, Sister Act, Hook, A Room with a view and few notable ones I haven't seen so far.
  • Recently renowned her fame as the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey.

86. Judd Hirsch

Actor | Taxi

Judd Hirsch was born on March 15, 1935 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Judd Seymore Hirsch. He is known for his work on Taxi (1978), Independence Day (1996) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He was previously married to Bonni Chalkin and Elisa Sadaune.

b. 1935

Known for Numbers, Dear John, Independence Day, ect.

87. M. Emmet Walsh

Actor | Blood Simple

Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.

Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and...

b. 1935

88. Julian Glover

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth ...

b. 1935

Known as Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only. Also starred in Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones franchises.

89. Lee Meriwether

Actress | Batman: The Movie

Today, sexy Lee Meriwether is best remembered for her roles in a few science fiction/fantasy cult productions made between 1966 and 1969. Batman: The Movie (1966), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), The Time Tunnel (1966) and Land of the Giants (1968).

Firstly Batman: The Movie (1966), in which ...

b. 1935

Catwoman from 1966 Batman: The Movie

90. David Prowse

Actor | Star Wars

David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young ...

b. 1935

The man behind the body of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.

91. Diahann Carroll

Actress | Julia

One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, a nurse; music ...

b. 1935

92. Donald Sutherland

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others.

Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint ...

b. 1935

Acting legend, from his early to new works. He steals every scene in The Hunger Games.

93. Topol

Actor | Fiddler on the Roof

Topol was born on September 9, 1935 in Tel Aviv, Palestine as Chaim Topol. He is an actor, known for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Flash Gordon (1980) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). He has been married to Galia Topol since October 23, 1956. They have three children.

b. 1935

Known for Fiddler on the Roof, Flash Gordon and For Your Eyes Only.

94. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

b. 1935

Grand Dame of cinema, from Mary Poppins to Princess Diaries, proven to be one of the greatest.

95. Judy Parfitt

Actress | Dolores Claiborne

Of regal bearing and imposing stance, flame-haired British classical actress Judy Parfitt is the possessor of the chilliest blue orbs in all of London and has used them to her advantage over the years with her clever portrayals of haughty, bossy, imperious, deliciously malevolent patricians. Born ...

b. 1935

Great British character actress (Midsomer Murders, Poirot: Death on the Nile, Call the Midwife)

96. Diane Ladd

Actress | Wild at Heart

The amazingly gifted Diane Ladd received immense praise for her dramatic efforts throughout the course of her electric and unique seventy-year career. Nominated an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she won the BAFTA Film Award, same category, for her account of a wiseacre roadside diner ...

b. 1935

Three times Oscar-nominated actress. With Bruce Dern (also on the list under 1936) mother of actress Laura Dern.

97. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

b. 1935

Legendary actor, writer and director

98. Mona Hammond

Actress | 10,000 BC

Mona Hammond was born Mavis Chin to a Chinese father and Jamaican mother. She came to Britain in 1959 on a scholarship to work with an architects firm but was soon involved in black theatre productions with contemporaries such as Lloyd and Barry Reckord and Charles Hyatt, under the name Mona Chin. ...

b. 1935 (some sources say 1931)

Old Mother from 10 000 BC.

99. K Callan

Actress | Knives Out

Born in Dallas, Texas, K Callan's first professional job was at the Margo Jones Theatre. She first gained national attention as Peter Boyle's mousy wife in the legendary Joe (1970). Her career includes film, television and theater. Other memorable films include American Gigolo (1980) and A Touch of...

b. 1936

Great-grandma Thormbey from Knives Out.

100. Alan Alda

Actor | M*A*S*H

Alan Alda was born on January 28, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo. He is known for his work on M*A*S*H (1972), The Four Seasons (1981) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). He has been married to Arlene Alda since March 15, 1957. They have three children.

b. 1936

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