The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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List Criteria: Living (male) actors born in or before 1933

The best living actors in their 80s are all seasoned veterans in Hollywood who were born in 1935 or earlier. These men are multiple Academy Award winners, legends on the big screen and small and among the best actors in film history. While not have aged as well as others, in many cases, these Hollywood greats are still active in their old age.

To say that this list of the best actors born in 1935 or earlier is packed with superstars might be an understatement. Names like Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas, William Shatner and Clint Eastwood are among the greatest actors of the 20th century. Add in Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, and Christopher Plummer, and you've named some of the most talented men to ever act in a movie or television show.

But the list doesn't stop there. Actors such as Christopher Lee, James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall might be getting up there in age, but they are showing few signs of slowing down. Those and many other great actors over the age of 80 continue to star in movies and TV shows having not lost a beat with age.

So which of these best older actors is the absolute best? Which would rank the highest on the list of the greatest film actors of all time? Vote for your favorites below, add any not ranked already or re-rank this list of the best living actors over the age of 80 below!
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    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Sean Connery age 85

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    Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s


    Robert Duvall age 84

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    Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s


    Gene Hackman age 85

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    James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s


    James Earl Jones age 84

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    Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Christopher Plummer age 86

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    Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Donald Sutherland age 80

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    Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Sidney Poitier age 88

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    Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Ed Asner 86

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
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    Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Tim Conway age 82

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    Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Ian Holm age 84

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    Don Rickles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Don Rickles age 89

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    Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Robert Wagner age 85

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    Adam West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Adam West age 87

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    Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Hal Linden 84 1931

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    Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Judd Hirsch 80

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    age 84 1931

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    Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Harry Belafonte 88

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    Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Philip Baker Hall age 84

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    Harry Dean Stanton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Harry Dean Stanton age 89

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    Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Tab Hunter age 84

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    age 88

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PeteBoyle
    age 82

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    Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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    Tom Baker age 81

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