Best living actors over 80 years old

by alirioaguero2 | created - 01 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

List of people born 1938 or earlier who are acting legends living as of 29/12/2018.

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.

2019 waiting list. These actors and actresses will hopefully turn 80 during 2019 and will be added (suggest someone if you like):

F. Murray Abraham Jane Alexander John Cleese Scott Glenn Oliver Ford Davies James Fox Sid Haig Paul Hogan Harvey Keitel Yaphet Kotto Mark Margolis Ian McKellen Ron Rifkin Paul Sorvino Lily Tomlin Tina Turner Isela Vega Veruschka Von Lehndorff Fred Willard

1. Katsumi Tezuka

Actor | Gojira

Katsumi Tezuka was born on August 31, 1912. He is an actor, known for Gojira (1954), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) and King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).

b. 1912

Known as one of the two actors who played Godzilla in the original 1954 film and several monsters in various sequels.

2. 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).

3. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

b. 1916

Woman who is perhaps the best living Diva of a Hollywood's Golden Age. She starred in Snake's Pit, Heiress and of course, Gone With the Wind. Also, she is such a delight to listen as a narrator. Extremely lovely lady and very beautiful. She is also a pioneer in actors rights, winning a judicial case leading to De Havilland Decision, which guarantees actors only temporary attachment to a certain film house.

4. 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. ...

b. 1916

One of few remaining stars of Golden Age hollywood, great actor!

5. Earl Cameron

Actor | Inception

Earl Cameron was born on August 8, 1917 in Pembroke, Bermuda. He is an actor, known for Inception (2010), Thunderball (1965) and The Interpreter (2005). He has been married to Barbara Cameron since September 20, 1994. He was previously married to Audrey Cameron.

b. 1917

One of first Black actors in UK tv and film and still active. He was amazing in Inception, the Queen and the Interpreter

6. 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.

7. Muriel Pavlow

Actress | Murder She Said

Lovely, delicate-looking actress Muriel Pavlow belongs firmly to the British cinema of the 1950s and often provided a nice counterbalance to the hectic goings-on in many comedies. Born in 1921 in Leigh, Kent, England, she was a dominant stage actress despite her petite frame and made her theatrical...

b. 1921

Saw her in Glorious 39 and Poirot: Dumb Witness and she's amazing!

8. 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 firstIcon 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...:)

9. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...

b. 1922

One of the great comedians of his generation! Still very much active. Father of veteran director Rob Reiner.

10. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Love Me or Leave Me

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

b. 1922

Leading lady of great thriller Man who knew too much.

11. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Husky voiced Glynis 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 playing ...

b. 1923

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

12. Machiko Kyô

Actress | Rashômon

Machiko Kyô was born on March 25, 1924 in Osaka, Japan as Yano Motoko. She is an actress, known for Rashômon (1950), Gate of Hell (1953) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956).

b. 1924

Leading actress from iconic Japanese film Rashomon.

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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.

16. 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), The Paper Man (1963) and El Pantera (2007).

b. 1925

Legendary Mexican film and tv actor (Esmeralda)

17. 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

18. Beatriz Aguirre

Actress | Los años de Greta

Beatriz Aguirre was born on March 21, 1926 in Arteaga, Coahuila, Mexico as Beatriz Ofelia Aguirre Valdez. She is an actress, known for Los años de Greta (1992), Don't mess with an angel (2008) and Dulce desafío (1988).

b. 1925 (several sources cite 1926, but her official Facebook page says 1925)

She is IMO the best Mexican actress of older generation, superb in everything. She can play a cold villainess or a wacky granny anyday. Really underrated as well. I saw her in: Sin Pecado Concebido, Cuidado Con el Angel, Los Anos de Greta, Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti, Alondra, Peregrina

19. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure over the years cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker ...

b. 1925 (some sources say 1927)

Still one of best Bond girls and she has a personality. And she's still active as an actress. If 1925 stands as her DOB, then she is the oldest main Bond girl is history yet, being the only one to be 40 at the time of the film.

20. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

b. 1925.

Lovable actress, very charming in Murder: She Wrote episodes.

21. 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!

22. 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!

23. 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!

24. Lisa Lu

Actress | 2012

Lisa Lu was born on January 19, 1927 in Beijing, China as Yen Chun Lu. She is an actress and producer, known for 2012 (2009), Qing guo qing cheng (1975) and Crazy Rich Asians (2018).

b. 1927

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

25. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

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

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.

26. 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.

27. Geoffrey Palmer

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

Born in London on June 4th, 1927, Geoffrey Palmer worked in an imports office and then as an accountant before his girlfriend persuaded him to join the local amateur dramatics society. Eventually he became assistant stage manager at Croydon's Grand Theatre, and then spent several years touring with...

b. 1927

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

28. Jerry Stiller

Actor | Hairspray

As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara", Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they ...

b. 1927

American comedian, father of Ben Stiller

29. 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

30. 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.

31. Beverly Polcyn

Actress | Not Another Teen Movie

Beverly Polcyn was born on September 13, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lillian Beverly Zenith. She is known for her work on Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Hook (1991) and Date Movie (2006).

b. 1927

It takes stomach to snog that disgusting cat Jinxters.. Rofl:)

32. 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 Clase 406 (2002).

b. 1929

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

33. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

b. 1929

Also one very underrate actor. I love this man, he is a legend. Even when he plays in predictable comedies like Rush Hour, he is a screen presence. I saw him in Flash Gordon, Minority Report, Shutter Island, The Exorcist, Star Wars: The Force Awakens...

34. 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 Riding of Yorkshire, the younger of...

b. 1929

35. Pat Crawford Brown

Actress | The Rocketeer

Pat Crawford Brown was born on June 29, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for The Rocketeer (1991), Reality Bites (1994) and Norbit (2007). She was previously married to Calvin B. Brown.

b. 1929

36. Betty Ruth

Actress | Mariana de la noche

Betty Ruth is an actress, known for Mariana de la noche (1975), The Wife of Judas (2002) and Esa muchacha de ojos cafe (1986).

born 1929

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

37. Vera Miles

Actress | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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

38. 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

39. Joan Plowright

Actress | Dennis the Menace

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

40. June Squibb

Actress | Nebraska

June Squibb was born on November 6, 1929 in Vandalia, Illinois, USA as June Louise Squibb. She is an actress, known for Nebraska (2013), About Schmidt (2002) and In & Out (1997). She was previously married to Charles Kakatsakis and Edward Leon Sostek.

b. 1929

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

41. 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 "Mary Tyler Moore (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a ...

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:)

42. 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)

43. Frances Sternhagen

Actress | Misery

Raised in Washington, D.C., Frances Sternhagen taught acting, singing and dancing to school children before first performing herself with the Arena Stage Group. Since that time, she has been seen in numerous Broadway show, has been nominated five times for a Tony Award and received one for "The ...

b. 1930

Loved her in Misery:)

44. Tippi Hedren

Actress | The Birds

Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married ...

b. 1930

Leading lady from Birds and mother of Melanie Griffith.

45. 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?

46. 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!

47. 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.

48. 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 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.

49. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

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...

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.

50. 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.

51. Eric del Castillo

Actor | Las grandes aguas

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 Las grandes aguas (1980), Un gancho al corazón (2008) and María Isabel (1968).

b. 1930

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

52. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of 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 ...

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:)

53. 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.

54. 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

55. 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.

56. James Earl Jones

Actor | Rogue One

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: ...

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!!

57. Claire Bloom

Actress | Limelight

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 a septuagenarian 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!

58. 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!! Who'd say he's already 84?

59. Michael Lonsdale

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Michael Lonsdale was born on May 24, 1931 in Paris, France as Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch. He is an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Moonraker (1979) and Ronin (1998).

b. 1931

Main villain Hugo Drax from Moonraker! Also gave great performance in Munich!

60. 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

61. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...

b. 1931

Sir Ian Holm is also one worth mentioning. He was never a big star, but as good actor as those who are. Saw him in From Hell, LOTR, Aviator... and he was superb in his roles, big or small.

62. 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

63. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few performers (and the very first) to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) ...

b. 1931

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

64. Piper Laurie

Actress | The Hustler

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan to parents of Russian and Polish ancestry. Piper had been studying acting with Benno and Betomi Schnider for three years when she auditioned for Universal Studios, who signed her to a long term contract. They made more than twenty films ...

b. 1932

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

65. Anouk Aimée

Actress | Un homme et une femme

The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in Les amants de Vérone (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) ...

b. 1932

66. Phyllida Law

Actress | Much Ado About Nothing

Phyllida Law was born on May 8, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland as Phyllida Ann Law. She is known for her work on Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Time Machine (2002) and The Winter Guest (1997). She was previously married to Eric Thompson.

b. 1932

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

67. 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 An Awfully Big Adventure (1995). She has been married to Timothy West since October 1963. They have two ...

b. 1932

68. 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)

69. 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 mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from ...

b. 1932

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

70. 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.

71. 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 G. 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).

72. 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 Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get ...

b. 1933

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

73. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

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.

74. 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''

75. Carol Burnett

Actress | Annie

The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-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''

76. 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.

77. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Esther and the King (1960). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...

b. 1933

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

78. Elisa Stella

Actress | La mujer de Judas

Venezuelan veteran actress Elisa Stella was born in 1916. 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), Soberana (as Inginia Dominguez) and La...

b. 1933 (some sources cite 1916)

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

79. 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

80. Lynn Cohen

Actress | Munich

Lynn Cohen was born on August 10, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Lynn Harriette Kay. She is an actress, known for Munich (2005), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Eagle Eye (2008). She has been married to Ronald T. Cohen since June 3, 1964. She was previously married to Gilbert L. ...

b. 1933

  • Saw her in Munich, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Cobbler, The Affair

81. Julie Newmar

Actress | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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.

82. 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.

83. 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).

84. 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 Carry on Teacher (1959). She was previously married to Michael Elliott.

b. 1933

85. 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.

86. Tom Baker

Actor | Doctor Who

The English character actor 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 Scottish descent, while his mother's family was ...

b. 1934

The Fourth Doctor Who

87. 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

88. 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.

89. 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

90. 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)

91. Akira Takarada

Actor | Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto

Born on April 29, 1934, in Harbin, China, Akira Takarada rose from the Tôhô New Face program (with Yû Fujiki and Momoko Kôchi) 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 with a ...

b. 1934

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

92. 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.

93. 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

94. 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.

95. Sophia Loren

Actress | La ciociara

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.

96. 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

From Shakespeare to Bond, this lady proves to be one of the heavyweighters in the business. She is simply spectacular in everything she's been in.

97. 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.

98. 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 Ordinary People (1980). He was previously married to Bonni Chalkin and Elisa Sadaune.

b. 1935

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

99. 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

100. 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.

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