How many centenarians of entertainment do you know?by christopherbkk | created - 26 Jul 2011 | updated - 24 Dec 2014 | Public
How many centenarians of entertainment do you know?
Now we are up to 141 names.
Hope you enjoy my little tid-bits of trivia.
And thanks to those who write with comments.
Actress | Titanic
Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...
Gloria Stuart ( actress) born 04 Jul 1910 - died 26 Sep 2010 (100years 2months +) Since Christopher Plummer's nomination (and win) in 2012, Gloria Stuart is now the second oldest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category.
2. George Burns
Actor | Oh, God!
George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA as Nathan Birnbaum. He was an actor and producer, known for Oh, God! (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and Going in Style (1979). He was married to Gracie Allen and Hannah Siegel. He died on March 9, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los...
George Burns (actor/comedian) born 20 Jan 1896 - died 09 Mar 1996 (100years 1month +) At the time of his Oscar win, he was the oldest recipient of an Oscar in an acting category.
Editor | Mutiny on the Bounty
Margaret Booth was born on January 14, 1898 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is known for her work on Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Murder by Death (1976) and Annie (1982). She died on October 28, 2002 in Los Angeles.
Margaret Booth (editor) born 14 Jan 1898 – died 28 Oct 2002 (104years 9months +) The longest lived person ever nominated for an Academy Award in the competetive categories and also the longest lived person ever to win an Honorary Academy Award.
4. Ethel Owen
Actress | Robert Montgomery Presents
Ethel Owen was born on March 30, 1893 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Ethel Marguerite Waite. She was an actress, known for Robert Montgomery Presents (1950), Inner Sanctum (1954) and Kraft Theatre (1947). She was married to John Hale Almy and Dr. Raymond Gilbert Owens. She died on February 16, 1997 ...
Ethel Owen (actress) born 30 Mar 1893 – died 16 Feb 1997 (103years 10months +) Remembered as Alice's mother in The Honeymooners.
Soundtrack | Blue Skies
Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....
Irving Berlin (composer) born 11 May 1888 - died 22 Sep 1989 (101years 4months +) One of the most important songwriters in the USA.
Cinematographer | Jungle Jim
Irving Lippman was born on November 8, 1906 in Edendale, California, USA as Irving Isadore Lippman. He is known for his work on Jungle Jim (1955), The Wild Wild West (1965) and Angel Unchained (1970). He died on November 15, 2006 in Woodland Hills, California.
Irving Lippman (cinematographer) born 08 Nov 1906 – died 15 Nov 2006 (100years +) Another Irving.
Irving Rapper was one of the last surviving directors from the "Golden Age of Hollywood", passing away on Dec. 20, 1999, at the age of 101, four weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. Rapper is best remembered for the films he made with Bette Davis, including the classics Now, Voyager (1942) and The Corn...
Irving Rapper (director) born 16 Jan 1898 – died 20 Dec 1999 (101years 11months +) And another Irving. One of the last surviving directors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, directing Bette Davis in Now Voyager and The Corn is Green
8. Irving Fein
Producer | The George Burns One-Man Show
Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 21, 1911, Irving Ashley Fein was found to be an excellent student and skipped several elementary school grades. His interest in acting and writing was developed during the summer months between college terms at various summer camps. After working in the publicity ...
Irving Fein (producer) born 21 Jun 1911 – died 10 Aug 2012 (101years 1month +) Our list's forth Irving. Long time agent of George Burns and Jack Benny. **FACT**Lived 101 years and 50 days, and George Burns lived 100years and 49 days!!
Soundtrack | Entrapment
Composer, songwriter ("Swanee", "Tea for Two", "Crazy Rhythm", "Just a Gigolo"), author and publisher, educated at Chautauqua Mountain Institute and City College of New York. He was a stenographer aboard the Henry Ford Peace Ship during World War I. He joined ASCAP in 1920 and was a director ...
Irving Ceaser (songwriter/composer) born 04 Jul 1895 – died 17 Dec 1996 (101years 5months +)
OMG! Another Irving!
10. Doris Eaton
Actress | Man on the Moon
Doris Eaton was born in Norfolk, Virginia, into a show business family. The young Doris began appearing on stage with her brothers Charles and Joseph and her sisters Mary and Pearl when she was five years old. She made her Broadway debut aside her brother Charles in "Mother Carey's Chickens" in ...
Doris Eaton (actress/dancer/Ziegfeld girl) born 14 Mar 1904 – died 11 May 2010 (106years 1month +) Last surviving Ziegfeld Follies dancer. Danced in the 1920s and was still dancing (for charity) well passed her 100th birthday.
11. Lucile Zinman
Lucile Zinman was born on July 22, 1903 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Lucile Layton. She was married to M. Boyd Zinman. She died on December 22, 2004.
Lucile Layton Zinman (Ziegfeld dancer) 22 Jul 1903 – died 21 Dec 2004 (101years 4months +) Lucille Zinman - nee Layton - was another Ziegfeld girl to reach her 100th birthday ** The other Ziegfeld Girl that made it to 100 years was Dorothy Raphaelson - nee Wegman (but she is not listed on IMDb so cannot be included in this list) and she died two weeks short of her 102nd birthday
12. Myrtle Woods
Actress | The Great MacArthy
Myrtle Woods was born on March 14, 1900 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was an actress, known for The Great MacArthy (1975), Say a Little Prayer (1993) and Homicide (1964). She died on May 12, 2001 in Melbourne.
Murtle Woods(Australian actress) born 14 Mar 1900 – died 12 May 2001 (101years 1months +)
Australia's own acting centenarian. Best known by Aussies for her commercials as Granny Davis for Granny Davis bread.
The first actress from Prisoner, Cell Block H to become a Centenarian.
13. Sylvia Davis
Actress | Alice's Restaurant
Sylvia Davis was born on April 10, 1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Alice's Restaurant (1969), Stardust Memories (1980) and The Edge of Night (1956). She died on November 3, 2010 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.
Sylvia Davis (actress) born 10 Apr 1910 – died 03 Nov 2010 (100years 6months +) From Australia to America, from Granny Davis to Sylvia Davis.
14. Jimmie Davis
Soundtrack | Forever Young
American politician and songwriter who appeared in a number of films. Davis was born in the now-nonexistent town of Beech Springs, Louisiana, the son of sharecroppers. He and his ten siblings lived in dire poverty, but Davis paid his way through Louisiana College and Louisiana State University as a...
Jimmie Davis (actor/composer) born 11 Sep 1899 – died 05 Nov 2000 (101years 1month +) Singer, songwriter and politician. And also another 'Davis'.
15. Mary Ward
Actress | Prisoner
Mary Ward (Australian actress) born 06 Mar 1914(100 +)
16. Miguel Morayta
Director | El mártir del Calvario
Miguel Morayta was born on August 15, 1907 in Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain as Miguel Morayta Martínez. He was a director and writer, known for El mártir del Calvario (1952), Vagabunda (1950) and Camino del infierno (1951). He died on June 19, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Miguel Morayta(Spanish writer/director) born 15 August 1907 - died 19 Jun 2013 (105years 10months +)
Director | Je rentre à la maison
Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Je rentre à la maison (2001), Os Canibais (1988) and Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de ...
Manoel de Oliveira (Portuguese director) born 11 Dec 1908 (105 +) STILL LIVING For the last decade he has been the oldest director and still works to this day.
18. Leni Riefenstahl
Actress | Das blaue Licht
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...
Leni Reifenstahl (German director/producer) born 22 Aug 1902 – died 08 Sep 2003 (101years +) German film maker. At 99, she was the oldest director to make a documentary.
Actress | Geld auf der Straße
Rosa Albach-Retty was born on December 26, 1874 in Hanau, Hesse, Germany as Rosa Clara Franziska Helene Retty. She was an actress, known for Geld auf der Straße (1930), Episode (1935) and Hotel Sacher (1939). She was married to Karl Albach. She died on August 26, 1980 in Baden, Lower Austria,...
Rosa Albach-Retty (German actress) born 26 Dec 1874 – died 26 Aug 1980 (105years 8months) Another German to add to this list. Grandmother of Romy Schneider.
20. Tonio Selwart
Actor | Wilson
Tonio Selwart was born on June 9, 1896 in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany as Anton Th. Selmair. He was an actor, known for Wilson (1944), The Hitler Gang (1944) and The Other Side of the Wind (2018). He died on November 2, 2002 in New York, USA.
Tonio Selwart (German actor) born 09 Jun 1896 – died 02 Nov 2002 (106years 4months +) And another German.
Actor | Leute mit Flügeln
Erwin Geschonneck was born on 27 December 1906 in Bartenstein/East Prussia (now Poland). In the Twenties, he became a member of the Communistic Party of Germany. After rise of Nazism, he emigrated to Poland, later to Latvia and Czechoslovakia. In the Soviet Union he became a member of a German ...
Erwin Geschonneck (German actor) born 27 Dec 1906 – died 12 Mar 2008 (101years 2months +) Still another German.
22. Guzzi Lantschner
Cinematographer | Osterskitour in Tirol
Guzzi Lantschner was born on August 12, 1910 in Innsbruck, Austria as Gustav Lantschner. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Osterskitour in Tirol (1939), Canción de la nieve (1954) and Wilde Wasser (1937). He died on March 19, 2011 in Krailling, Bavaria, Germany.
Guzzi Lantschner (German cinematographer) born 12 Aug 1910 – died 19 Mar 2011(101 years 7months +) The Germans keep coming.
Actress | Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheines
Renate Brausewetter was born on October 1, 1905 in Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain. She was an actress, known for Adventures of a Ten Mark Note (1926), Secrets of a Soul (1926) and Schwere Jungs - leichte Mädchen (1927). She was married to Hubert Wagner. She died on August 19, 2006 in Linz am...
Renata Brausewetter (German actress) born 01 Oct 1905 – died 20 Aug 2006 (100years 10 months +) This German actress lived to be 100. Her actor brother lived to be 45.
24. Eva von Berne
Actress | Der Ruf des Nordens
In the quest to discover "another Garbo" M.G.M. production chief Irving Thalberg and his actress wife, Norma Shearer saw a picture in a newspaper of a dancing instructor by the name of Eva Plentzner von Sharneck while on a belated honeymoon to Europe, specifically Vienna in late 1927 - early 1928. ...
Eva von Berne (German actress) born 08 Jul 1910 – died 09 Nov 2010 (100years 4months +) Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer wanted her to become the next 'Garbo'. It didn't work out as hoped. Retired from movies, she was thought to have died in 1930. Actually she died in 2010!
25. Luise Rainer
Actress | The Great Ziegfeld
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a ...
Luise Rainer ( German actress) born 12 Jan 1910 (104 +) STILL LIVING And our eighth German! And the only one to win an Oscar. Actually, she won two!
26. Willy Sommerfeld
Willy Sommerfeld was born on May 11, 1904 in Danzig, West Prussia, Germany. He died on December 19, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.
Willy Sommerfeld (German silent film pianist) born 19 May 1904 – died 17 Dec 2007 (103 years 6months +) The list's ninth German. Must be something in the water?
27. Kurt Maetzig
Director | Das Kaninchen bin ich
Kurt Maetzig was born on January 25, 1911 in Berlin, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for The Rabbit Is Me (1965), Marriage in the Shadows (1947) and Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse (1954). He was married to Bärbel and Yvonne Merin. He died on August 8, 2012 in Wildkuhl, ...
Kurt Maetzig (German director) born 25 Jan 1911 – died 08 Aug 2012 (101years 7months +) A tenth German!
28. Charles Lane
Actor | The Music Man
Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious...
Charles Lane (character actor) born 26 Jan 1905 – died 09 Jun 2007 (102years 5months +) Prolific character actor seen in hundreds of movies and TV shows.
29. Bruce Bennett
Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Herman Brix was a star shot-putter in the 1928 Olympics. After losing the lead in MGM's Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) due to a shoulder injury, he was contracted by Ashton Dearholt for his independent production of The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), a serial and the only Tarzan film between the ...
Bruce Bennett (actor) born 16 May 1906 – died 24 Feb 2007 (100years 8months +) From Olympic athelete to Tarzan the Ape Man to a movie actor who appeared alongside Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead and other big names.
30. Beatrice Shaw
Actress | The Sexplorer
Beatrice Shaw was born on August 2, 1908 in Barking, London, England as Beatrice Alice Ball. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Starship Venus (1975), Quatermass (1979) and Thriller (1973). She died on December 1, 1995 in Colchester, Essex, England.
Beatrice Shaw (British actress) born 26 Mar 1893 – died 14 Oct 1993 (100years 6months +) Born in the US and died in the US, she worked mostly in the UK, including the Waldorf Salad episode of Fawlty Towers.
31. Helen Shaw
Actress | Parenthood
Helen Shaw was born on July 25, 1897 in Michigan, USA. She was an actress, known for Parenthood (1989), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and Wicked Stepmother (1989). She died on September 8, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Helen Shaw (actress) born 25 Jul 1897 – died 8 Sep 1997 (100years 1month +) Another Shaw. Was 93 when she appeared as Grandma in Parenthood opposite Steve Martin.
32. Estelle Winwood
Actress | The Producers
When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West...
Estelle Winwood (actress) born 24 Jan 1883 – died 20 June 1984 (101years 4months +) Was 96 when she appeared in Quincy M.E. following a career spanning 6 decades. At the time of her death she was the all-time oldest member of the Screen Actor's Guild.
33. Rosa Rio
Composer | The Blasphemer
A prodigy, Rosa Rio began playing the piano at age four, taking lessons at eight, & at nine was invited to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Her music education included stints at Oberlin College, & a course of study in film accompaniment at the Eastman School of Music. Her career as a ...
Rosa Rio (composer) born 03 Jun 1902 – died 13 May 2010 (107years 11months +) Musician who started working at age 9 and was still playing the organ at age 106!
34. Carla Laemmle
Actress | The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Carla Laemmle was born on October 20, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle. She is known for her work on The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936), The Gate Crasher (1928) and A Sad State of Affairs (2013). She died on June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Carla Laemmle (actress) born 20 Oct 1909 – died 12 June 2014 (104years 7months +)
Niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle. Took a 62 year break between movies. And for a time before her death was Hollywood's oldest working actress.
35. Marjorie Lane
Soundtrack | Born to Dance
Petite, auburn-haired, Kansas-born beauty Marjorie Lane (her real name) is best remembered as the singing voice of dancing icon Eleanor Powell in late 1930s Hollywood, but she actually garnered more personal attention at the time as a popular singing attraction in Los Angeles niteries. While she ...
Marjorie Lane (actress) born 21 Feb 1912 - died 02 Oct 1912 (100 years 5months +)
She and husband Brian Donlevy were witnesses to the Las Vegas elopement of William Holden and Brenda Marshall
36. Barbara Kent
Actress | Lonesome
A pretty, diminutive (4'7") actress of the silent and early sound era, Barbara Cloutman (later Kent) was born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada on December 16, 1907. Upon graduating from Hollywood High School in 1925, Kent won the Miss Hollywood Pageant, and set her sights on a career in the movies. She ...
Barbara Kent (actress) born 16 Dec 1907 – died 13 Oct 2011(103years 7months +) Leading actress who retired from Hollywood 76 years prior to her death.
Bradbury Foote (screenwriter) born 05 Apr 1894 – died 14 Dec 1995 (101years 8months +) The first of this list's writers.
38. Tullio Pinelli
Writer | La dolce vita
Tullio Pinelli was born on June 24, 1908 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He was a writer, known for La Dolce Vita (1960), La Strada (1954) and 8½ (1963). He was married to Madeleine Lebeau. He died on March 7, 2009 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Tullio Pinelli (Italian writer) born 24 Jun 1908 - died 07 Mar 2009 (100years 8months +) Nominated for four Oscars in the writing category.
39. Oscar Brodney
Writer | Harvey
Oscar Brodney was born on February 18, 1907 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Harvey (1950), The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Gal Who Took the West (1949). He died on February 12, 2008 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Oscar Brodney (screenwriter) born 18 Feb 1907 - died 12 Feb 2008 (100years 11months +) Another Oscar nominated writer to have reached 100 years of age.
40. Aleen Leslie
Writer | The Stork Pays Off
Husband, Jacques Leslie, was a Pittsburgh attorney who became a prominent entertainment lawyer after their move to California. Her son, also Jacques, was a Times foreign correspondent, and was wounded covering the war in Vietnam in 1972.
Aleen Leslie (screenwriter) born 05 Feb 1908 – died 02 Feb 2010 (101years 11months +)
41. Lester Ziffren
Writer | Charlie Chan in Panama
Was one of the first journalists to report the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
Lester Ziffren (screenwriter) born 30 April 1906 – died 12 Nov 2007 (101years 6months +)
42. Erna Lazarus
Writer | Atlantic Flight
One of the few female screenwriters to work steadily in the studio system through the 1940s.
Erna Lazarus(writer) born 16 June 1903 – died 19 Feb 2006 (102years 8months +) Was an associate to the founding members of the Screen Writers Guild West as well as a charter member of what is now known as the Interguild Federal Credit Union.
43. George Abbott
Writer | The Pajama Game
Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...
George Abbott (writer/director/producer) born 25 June 1887 - died 31 Jan 1995 (107years 7months +) The most famous writer, amongst other things that he did, to join the centenarian club. Wrote All Quiet on the Western Front and won an Oscar. Fellow centenarian-to-be Arthur Gardner briefly appeared in the film.
Writer | The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
Frederica Sagor Maas was born in America, the youngest daughter of Russian immigrants. Feeling no great desire to complete her course in journalism at Columbia University, New York, she found film an exciting new artistic medium, and was hired by Universal Studios as a story editor, and later MGM ...
Frederica Sagor Maas (screenwriter) born 06 Jul 1900 - died 05 Jan 2012 (111 years 5months+)
Wrote for many of the biggest stars of the 20s and 30s and outlived them all.
45. Mabel Richardson
Mabel Richardson was born on July 27, 1890 in London, England as Hilda Mabel Richardson. She was an actress, known for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Ten Commandments (1923). She was married to John J. Richardson. She died on March 15, 2001 in Long Beach, California, USA.
Mabel Richardson(Hollywood extra) born 1891 – died 2001 (110 years) The only other known American supercentenarian. Was in more movies than is listed in IMDb.
46. Dorothy Stickney
Actress | I Never Sang for My Father
Dorothy, who was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, studied acting in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety in a Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; ...
Dorothy Stickney (stage & screen actress) born 21 Jun 1896 – died 02 Jun 1998 (101years 11months +) Had a long Broadway career, but still manged to get herself in movies over several years, including opposite Barry Fitzgerald in the Bette Davis/Ernest Borgnine vehicle, The Catered Affair.
47. Dorothy Young
Self | 100 Years of Dorothy Young
Dorothy Young was born on May 3, 1907 in Otisville, New York, USA as Dorothy Lena Youn. She was an actress, known for 100 Years of Dorothy Young (2007), Biography (1987) and E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998). She was married to Gilbert Kiamie and Robert Perkins. She died on March 20, 2011 in ...
Dorothy Young (Assistant to Harry Houdini) born 03 May 1907 – died 20 Mar 2011 (103years 10months +) The last surviving member of magician Harry Houdini's touring show and this list's second Dorothy.
48. Francis Lederer
Actor | Terror Is a Man
Frantisek Lederer was born on November 6th, 1899, in Czechoslovakia. His father was a leather merchant, and young Frantisek began his working life as a department store delivery boy in Prague. He fell in love with acting from a young age, and was soon on stage touring Moravia and then all over ...
Francis Lederer (actor) born 06 Nov 1899 – died 25 May 2000 (100years 6months +) Another European who was destined for great heights with the help of Irving Thalberg, although it didn't quite work. Yet, Lederer worked constantly and became very wealthy, founding the National Academy of Performing Arts.
49. Red Wing
Actress | The Squaw Man
Red Wing was born on February 13, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation, Nebraska, USA as Lillian St. Cyr. Her parents were Julia De Cora (Winnebago) and Mitchell St. Cyr (French Canadian and Sauk). She was graduated in 1902 from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Red Wing was an ...
Red Wing (American Indian silent screen actress) born 13 Feb 1873 – died 13 Mar 1974 (101years 1month) Alhough born Lillian St. Cyr she was an American Indian born on an Indian Reservation but only appeared in movies, mostly shorts, between 1908 to 1921.
50. Moy Ming
Actor | Shadow of Chinatown
Moy Ming was born on January 10, 1863 in Guangzhou, China as Moy Luke Ming. He was an actor, known for Shadow of Chinatown (1936). He died on August 16, 1964 in Granada Hills, California, USA.
Moy Ming (Chinese born Hollywood bit player) born 10 Jan 1863 – died 16 Aug 1964 (101years 7months +) From Red Wing to Moy Ming, Ming was already in his 90s and at the end of his career when he played opposite Humphrey Bogart at the very beginning of The Left Hand of God.
51. Tyrus Wong
Animation_department | Bambi
Tyrus Wong was born on October 25, 1910 in Taishan, Guangdong Province, China as Wong Gen Yeo. He is known for his work on Bambi (1942), When the World Breaks (2010) and How to Live Forever (2009). He was married to Ruth Ng Kim. He died on December 30, 2016 in Sunland, California, USA.
Tyrus Wong (illustrator) born 25 Oct 1910 (102 +) STILL LIVING From Wing to Ming to Wong. Born in China he worked for decades at Disney.
52. Run Run Shaw
Run Run Shaw was born in Shanghai, China on October 4, 1907. He went into the filming industry with his brother, Runme Shaw, and established the Shaw Organization in 1926 and the Shaw Studios (formerly South Seas Film studio) in 1930. In 1967, Shaw established the famous Television Broadcasts ...
Sir Run Run Shaw(producer)born 04 Oct 1907 – died 07 Jan 2014 (106years 3months+)
This list's third 'Shaw' and third Chinese but only billionaire.
53. Nikolai Annenkov
Actor | Sud chesti
Nikolai Annenkov, one of Russian theatre's most eloquent voices who was a descendant of liberated peasants, was a leading actor of Maly Theatre and teacher of many film stars.
He was born Nikolai Aleksandrovich Kokin on September 21, 1899, in the village of Inzhaviono, Tambov province, Russian ...
Nikolai Annenkov (Russian stage and occasional film actor) born 21 Sep 1899 – died 30 Sep 1999 (100 years +) Just makes it onto this list as he only lived one week passed his 100th birthday.
54. Hal Roach
Director | One Million B.C.
Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own,...
Hal Roach (producer) born 14 Jan 1892 - died 02 Nov 1992 (100years 9months +) One of the most successful producers of all time in Hollywood.
55. Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor's success began with penny arcades, offering moving peepshows that evolved into nickelodeon theaters that offered longer, larger moving pictures. On July 12, 1912, he premiered the first feature-length film, Les amours de la reine Élisabeth (1912), featuring French actress Sarah...
Adolph Zukor (President Paramount Pictures) born 07 Jan 1873 – died 10 Jun 1976 (103years 5months +) Founder of Paramount Pictures and Chairman until his death at 103.
56. Miriam Seegar
Actress | Seven Keys to Baldpate
Miriam Seegar was born on September 1, 1907 in Greentown, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929), The Price of Divorce (1928) and What a Man (1930). She was married to Tim Whelan. She died on January 2, 2011 in Pasadena, California, USA.
Miriam Seegar (silent screen actress)born 01 Sep 1907 – died 02 Jan 2011 (103years 3months +) Retired from acting in 1932
57. Florence Lee
Actress | Illusion of Love
Florence Lee was born on March 12, 1888 in Jamaica, Vermont, USA. She was an actress, known for Illusion of Love (1929), Tee Time (1921) and Fight and Win (1924). She was married to Dell Henderson. She died on September 1, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Florence Lee (silent screen actress) born 12 Mar 1858 – died 01 Sep 1962 (104years 4months +) Started in film in 1911 aged 58 and retired in 1931.
58. Lucile Taft
Actress | The Idol of the Stage
Lucile Taft was born on October 15, 1881 in Indiana, USA as Lucille Tefft. She was an actress, known for The Idol of the Stage (1916), The Drifter (1916) and Queen X (1917). She died on April 16, 1988 in Orange County, California, USA.
Lucile Taft(silent screen actress)born 15 Oct 1881 – died 16 Apr 1988 (106years 6months +) Retired from film acting in 1917.
59. Helen Bray
Actress | Big Timber
Helen Bray was born on November 25, 1889 in Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Big Timber (1917), Little Miss Optimist (1917) and Bob's Love Affairs (1915). She was married to George C. Pearce. She died on October 15, 1990 in Redwood City, California, USA.
Helen Bray (silent screen actress) born 25 Nov 1889 – died 15 Oct 1990 (100years 10months +) Retired from acting in 1917.
60. Elsie Greeson
Actress | The Sealed Package
Elsie Greeson was born on March 20, 1895 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for The Sealed Package (1914), The Curse of Eve (1917) and In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922). She died on June 11, 1995 in Banning, California, USA.
Elsie Greeson (silent screen actress) born 20 Mar 1895 - died 11 June 1995 (100years 2months +) Retired from acting in 1922.
61. Louise Henry
Actress | The Gaunt Stranger
Louise Henry was born as Jessouise Heiman to Dr. Jesse Heiman and his wife, Louise Henry Heiman, who was a vaudeville star. Louise Henry Sr. as she was known, contracted tuberculosis while performing in vaudeville and was sent to a sanitarium in Saranac Lake, NY. While there she was treated by Dr. ...
Louise Henry (actress) born 14 Jun 1911 – died 12 Dec 2011 (100years 5months +)
62. Mabel Trunnelle
Actress | Dolly Varden
Mabel Trunnelle was born in Dwight, Illinois on November 8, 1879. A stage actress from the East Coast, Mabel was 32 when she appeared on the silver screen. In 1911 she was in A MODERN CINDERELLA, IN THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY, and THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, the latter being the most notable. Her last film...
Mabel Trunnelle (silent screen actress) born 08 Nov 1879 – died 29 Apr 1981 (101years 5months +) Retired from film acting in 1923 but continued on the stage.
63. Georgie Stone
Actor | Just Pals
Georgie Stone was born on September 3, 1909 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Just Pals (1920), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1918) and Cheerful Givers (1917). He died on April 25, 2010 in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Georgie Stone(child actor) born 03 Sep 1909 – died 25Apr 2010 (100years 6months +)
64. Jennie Mac
Jennie Mac began her acting career at the age of 53 after the death of her husband. Her daughter Aline MacMahon, a well-known film and stage actress encouraged her mother's new career. Jennie Mac studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She often appeared in the films of her nephew ...
Jennie Mac(smalltime bit player)born 19 Jan 1878 – died 31 Dec 1984 (106years 11months +) Actress and daughter Aline MacMahon got her started on the stage later in life and she had a few small roles in a few films with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main.
65. Hugues Cuénod
Actor | Turandot
Hugues Cuénod was born on June 26, 1902 in Corseaux, Vaud, Switzerland as Hugues-Adhémar Cuénod. He was an actor, known for Turandot (1987), Love Reinvented (1996) and On Such a Night (1956). He died on December 6, 2010 in Vevey, Vaud.
Hugues Cuenod (Swiss tenor) born 26 Jun 1902 – died 06 Dec 2010 (108years 5months +) The oldest person to make a debut at the Metropolitan Opera. At age 105 he wed his partner when same-sex unions were legalised in Switzerland.
66. John Calvert
Actor | Dark Venture
John Calvert was born on August 5, 1911 in New Trenton, Indiana, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Dark Venture (1956), Gold Fever (1952) and Appointment with Murder (1948). He was married to Tammy and Ann Cornell. He died on September 27, 2013 in Lancaster, California, USA.
John Calvert (magician) born 05 Aug 1911 – died 27 Sep 2013 (102years 1month +) American magician
67. Señor Wences
The Spanish born ventriloquist Senor Wences was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world. Hugely popular with American TV audiences Wences was also a top nightclub favorite.
Born Wenceslao Moreno in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca (Spain), Wences began performing ventriloquism as a ...
Senor Wences (Hollywood ventriloquist) born 17 Apr 1896 – died 20 Apr 1999 (103years +) Was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world.
68. Mino Doro
Actor | 8½
Mino Doro was born on May 6, 1903 in Venice, Veneto, Italy as Ermino Napoleone Doro di Costa di Vernassino. He was an actor, known for 8½ (1963), La Dolce Vita (1960) and Una notte dopo l'opera (1942). He died on May 12, 2006 in Bellagio, Italy.
Mino Doro(Italian actor) born 06 May 1903 - died 12 May 2006(103years +)
69. Germaine Auger
Actress | Tout pour rien
Germaine Auger was born on June 13, 1889 in Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France. She was an actress, known for Tout pour rien (1933), Rothchild (1933) and Théodore et Cie (1933). She died on August 24, 2001 in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Germaine Auger (French actress) born 03 Jun 1889 – died 24 Aug 2001 (112 years 2months +) Possibly the longest lived actress in the world.
70. Marie Glory
Actress | Monte Cristo
Marie Glory was born on March 3, 1905 in Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, France as Raymonde Louise Marcelle Toully. She was an actress, known for Monte Cristo (1929), La femme idéale (1934) and ...And God Created Woman (1956). She died on January 24, 2009 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France.
Marie Glory (French actress) born 03 Mar 1905 – died 24 Jan 2009 (103years 10months +)
Actress | Courrier Sud
Madeleine Milhaud was born on March 22, 1902 in Paris, France. She was an actress, known for Courrier Sud (1937), Les jumeaux de Brighton (1936) and Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928). She was married to Darius Milhaud. She died on January 17, 2008 in Paris.
Madeleine Milhaud(French actress)born 22 Mar 1902 – died 17 Jan 2008 (105years 9months +)
72. Jenny Alpha
Actress | Une femme, une époque
Jenny Alpha was born on April 22, 1910 in Fort de France, Martinique. She was an actress, known for Une femme, une époque (1978), La vieille quimboiseuse et le majordome (1987) and Le fils puni (1980). She died on September 8, 2010 in Paris, France.
Jenny Alpha (Martinique born French actress) born 22 Apr 1910 – died 08 Sep 2010 (100years 4months +)
73. Pierre Gérald
Actor | Fanfan
Pierre Gérald was born on May 26, 1906 in Paris, France as Victor Haïm Cohen. He was an actor, known for Fanfan (1993), Highlander (1992) and Ensemble, c'est tout (2007). He died on March 24, 2012 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
Pierre Gerald (French actor) born 26 May 1906 - died 24 Mar 2012 (105years 9months +) One of the oldest actors ever to work on screen.
74. Roger Karl
Actor | Le tigre du Bengale
One of the very few actors to have spent more than a hundred years on this earth and to have performed his art until he was over 90, Roger Karl (1882-1984) was an exceptionally gifted person who could have become an artist ('Pablo Picasso' was a friend of his) or a writer (he was close to Guillaume...
Roger Karl (French actor) born 29 Apr 1882 – died 04 May 1984 (102years +)
75. Lucien Pascal
Lucien Pascal (French actor) born 10 Apr 1906 – died 12 Aug 2006(100years +)
Another French actor.
Married to centenarian Gisele Casadesus. Brother in law to centenarian Christian Casadesus.
76. Gisèle Casadesus
Actress | Les aventures de Casanova
Gisèle Casadesus was born on June 14, 1914 in Paris, France as Gisèle Tatiana Casadesus. She was an actress, known for Loves of Casanova (1947), Sous le figuier (2012) and Paméla (1945). She was married to Lucien Pascal. She died on September 24, 2017 in Paris.
Gisele Casadesus (French actress) born 14 Jun 1914
Married to centenarian Lucien Pascal. Sister of centenarian Christian Casadesus.
Actor | Le capitaine jaune
Christian Casadesus was born on December 26, 1912 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Le capitaine jaune (1930), Hôtel des étudiants (1932) and L'étoile de Valencia (1933). He died on March 6, 2014.
Christian Casadesus (French actor) born 26 Dec 1912 died 06 Mar 2014 (101years 2months +)
Brother of centenarian Gisele Casadesus. Brother in law of centenarian Pascal Lucien.
78. Andrée Champeaux
Actress | Diva
Andrée Champeaux was born on December 1, 1905 in Lyon, Rhône, France as Andrée Marguerite Champeau. She is known for her work on Diva (1981), La vis (1993) and Les époux célibataires (1935). She died on November 12, 2006 in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Andree Champeaux (French actress) born 01 Dec 1905 – died 12 Nov 2006 (100years 11months +)
79. Yvette Lebon
Yvette Lebon was born on August 14, 1910 in Paris, France as Simone Lebon. She was an actress, known for Milady and the Musketeers (1952), Michel Strogoff (1936) and Paméla (1945). She was married to Nat Wachsberger and Roger Duchesne. She died on July 28, 2014 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, ...
Yvette Labon (French actress) born 14 Aug 1910 – died 28 July 2014 (103years 11 months +)
Roseine Delamare (French costume designer) born 11 Jun 1911 - died 17 Mar 2013 (101years 8months +) Nominated for an Academy Award
81. Paulette Dubost
Actress | La règle du jeu
Paulette Dubost was born on October 8, 1910 in Paris, France as Paulette Marie Emma Deplanque. She was an actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette (1933) and Les mystères de Paris (1962). She was married to André Ostertag. She died on September 21, ...
Paulette Dubost (French actress) born 08 Oct 1910 – 21 Sep 2011(100years 11months +) Had one of the longest careers in film history and the ninth French actor or actress to see their 100th birthday.
Rene Le Henaff (French editor/director) born 26 Apr 1902 – died 05 Jan 2005 (103 years 8months +)
83. Arthur Gardner
Producer | McQ
Jules V. Levy, Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven met in 1943 in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Force; they were stationed at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, CA (with other notables such as Capt. Ronald Reagan, Capt. Clark Gable and Lt. William Holden, etc.), making training films...
Arthur Gardner (actor/producer) born 07 Jun 1910 – died 19 December 2014 (104years 6months +)
Was in the 1930 Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front, written by another future centenarian George Abbott
84. Robert F. Boyle
Production_designer | North by Northwest
Robert F. Boyle was born on October 10, 1909 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Francis Boyle. He was an art director and production designer, known for North by Northwest (1959), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Marnie (1964). He was married to Bess Boyle. He died on August 1, 2010 in Los ...
Robert F. Boyle (Art Director) born 10 Oct 1909 - died 02 Aug 2010 (100years 9months +) Nominated for four Oscars and given an Honarary one at the age of 98.
Harry Redmond (Special Affects) born 15 Oct 1909 – died 23 May 2011 (101 years 7months+)
Special affects pioneer
86. Emily Perry
Actress | Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch
Emily Perry was born on June 28, 1907 in Torquay, Devon, England as Patricia Perry. She was an actress, known for Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch (1992), Dame Edna's Hollywood (1991) and The Dame Edna Experience (1987). She died on February 20, 2008 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
Emily Perry(English actress and mime artist) born 28 Jun 1907 – died 20 Feb 2008 (100years 7months +) Hilarious as the long suffering bridesmaid of Dame Edna Everage.
87. Etta Moten
Actress | Flying Down to Rio
In addition to her vocal dubbing and on-screen film credits, Etta Moten played the role of Bess in the 1943 revival of "Porgy and Bess" at the personal request of Ira Gershwin (not George, who had died in 1937). Etta and husband Claude Barnett, founder of the Negro Associated Press, served as US ...
Etta Moten (actress/singer) born 5 Nov 1901 - died 02 Jan 2004 (102years 1month +) Was called "The first Negro woman to play a dignified role in pictures" and was also the first African-American to perform at the White House (in 1933).
88. Sybil Rhoda
Actress | Downhill
Born in Plymouth, England in 1902, Sybil Fowler's family never had any money. Her father, although a dentist, drank heavily. She went to a local convent school until the age of 16 and was expected to become a teacher. To everyone's horror she said she was going to be a stage actress.
Sybil Rhoda (British stage/film actress) born 14 Feb 1902 – Aug 2004 (101years 2months) Mainly a stage actress who went to work in Europe but left before WWII as her husband was a Jew. She never acted again.
89. Claire Du Brey
Actress | The Reward of the Faithless
Lovely brown-eyed, brunette Claire Du Brey enjoyed a rich, four-decade film career in all. Born Clara Violet Dubrey on August 31, 1892, in Bonner's Ferry Idaho, her family traveled the rugged Sierra Madre terrain by covered wagon in their move to California when she was 13.
Educated in a convent ...
Claire DuPrey (actress) born 31 Aug 1892 – died 01 Aug 1993 (100years 11months +)
Camera_department | The Four Feathers
In Hollywood from silent days, often associated with the director Cecil B. DeMille. Latterly in Britain, working for Alexander Korda and London Films. An adventurer at heart (his peers called him "Crazy Canuck"), specialist in outdoor and nature cinematography, he often toiled under hazardous ...
Osmond Borradaile (cinematographer) born 17 Jul 1898 – died 23 Mar 1999 (100years 8months +) Academy Award nominee who also received the Order of Canada at age 84.
91. Gunnar Fischer
Cinematographer | Smultronstället
Gunnar Fischer was born on November 18, 1910 in Ljungby, Sweden as Erling Gunnar Fischer. He is known for his work on Wild Strawberries (1957), The Seventh Seal (1957) and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). He was married to Gull Söderblom. He died on June 11, 2011 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, ...
Gunner Fischer(Swedish cinematographer) born 18 Nov 1910 – died 11 Jun 2011 (100years 6months +) Won the Swedish version of an Honorary Academy Award at age 91.
92. Eric Cross
Cinematographer | The Lure
Eric Cross (English cinematographer) born 31 May 1902 - died 01 Mar 2004 (101years 9months +)
Actress | The Female Swindler
It has been rightly suggested that Dame Ninette de Valois is one of the most important women of the century. It was due to her drive and ambition that the modern English ballet was created. In that respect she changed history single handed. Born in Ireland, young Ninette (her stage name was her ...
Dame Ninette de Valois (choreographer) born 06 Jun 1898 – died 08 Mar 2001 (102years 8months +) Received many awards due to her contributions to ballet. Made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire when she as 53.
Actress | Tudor Rose
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies was born on January 25, 1891 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Nine Days a Queen (1936), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991) and Paul Krüger (1956). She died on January 27, 1992 in Essex, England.
Dame Gwen Ffrangcon Davies (actress) born 25 Jan 1891 – died 27 Jan 1992 (101years +) Mainly a stage actress, she was working well into her 90s and became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire when she was 100.
95. Mary Ellis
Actress | Bella Donna
A promising star first with the Metropolitan Opera than on the Broadway and London stages, soprano Mary Ellis had little chance to prove herself as either a musical or dramatic film star with only a few creaky vehicles left for audiences to ponder. Her versatility on stage, however, was extensive, ...
Mary Ellis (actress) born 15 Jun 1897 – died 30 Jan 2003 (105years 7months +) Began as an opera singer at 21. Staying on stage all her life she also did movies and TV until she was in her 90s.
96. Cora Goffin
Actress | Down Under Donovan
Cora Goffin was one of Britain's most famous pantomime princpal boys and musical comedy stars. At the height of her fame during the 1920s and 30s she was a household name and her picture adorned chocolate boxes, cigarette cards and magazine covers.
Married to the powerful impresario Emile Littler ...
Cora Goffin (Lady Littler) (English musical star and pantomime player) born 26 Apr 1902 – died 10 May 2004 (102years +) Otherwise known as Lady Littler, (as her husband was a Knight), she was one of Britain's most famous pantomime principal boys and musical comedy stars.
97. Teruko Nagaoka
Actress | Tôkyô monogatari
Teruko Nagaoka was born on January 5, 1908 in Morioka, Iwate, Japan as Teruko Shinohara. She was an actress, known for Tokyo Story (1953), Higanbana (1958) and Kuchizuke (1955). She died on October 18, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.
Teruko Nagaoka (Japanese actress) born 05 Jan 1908 – died 18 Oct 2010 (102years 9months +)
98. Athene Seyler
Actress | Night of the Demon
Athene Seyler was born on May 31, 1889 in Hackney, London, England. She was an actress, known for Curse of the Demon (1957), The Franchise Affair (1951) and April Blossoms (1934). She was married to Nicholas Hannen and James Bury Sterndale-Bennett. She died on September 12, 1990 in Hammersmith, ...
Athene Seyler (actress) born 13 May 1889– died 12 Sep 1990 (101years 3months +)
Actor | Die Fledermaus
Johannes Heesters was born on December 5, 1903 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands as Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters. He was an actor, known for Die Fledermaus (1946), Whirled into Happiness (1951) and Im Weissen Rössl (1952). He was married to Simone Rethel and Wiesje Ghijs. He died on ...
Johannes Heestars (Dutch actor/singer) born 05 Dec 1903 - died 24 Dec 2011(108years +) STILL LIVING Widely considered the world's oldest regular stage performer until his death.
100. Leila Danette
Actress | Law & Order
Leila Danette was born on August 23, 1909 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. She was an actress, known for Law & Order (1990), Running on Empty (1988) and Third Watch (1999). She died on September 4, 2012.
Leila Danette(actress) born 23 Aug 1909 - died 04 September 2012(103years +) Didn't start acting on stage until she was 67 and then got into movies and TV after she was 80.