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Actors in Old Age Makeup vs How They Actually Aged

Updated 28 Jan 2020 76.7k votes 9.4k voters 831.6k views16 items

List RulesOn this list, the left image is a young picture of the actor, the middle image is the young actor in old age makeup, and the right image is the same actor, actually older. Vote up the actors who actually grew up to look like the aged versions of themselves.

Since the beginning of filmmaking, makeup has always been a part of movie magic. Movies like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump that jump time and span decades just wouldn't work if the characters didn't age. To ensure that the characters age consistently and realistically, filmmakers turn to professional makeup artists to work their magic. From prosthetics to full-on plastic work, makeup effects artists have their work cut out for them. But how accurate is the work of a Hollywood makeup artist in predicting what actors will look like when they actually age?

Looking back at film history gives us the chance to see how that makeup artistry held up in comparison to the actual aging process. We can now see how the young actors cast in roles such as Granny Wendy Darling in Hook (Maggie Smith) and wheezing, cane-wielding Mr. Dawes in Mary Poppins (Dick Van Dyke) compare to their real-life older selves. 

Check out our list of actors in old age makeup vs how they actually aged. Vote up the actors who actually grew up to look like the aged versions of themselves.

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