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The Best Living Actors Over 80

Updated July 27, 2020 28.6k votes 5.2k voters 363.2k views35 items

List RulesLiving (male) actors born in or before 1939.

The best living actors in their 80s are all seasoned veterans in Hollywood who were born in 1939 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 all have aged as well as others, in many cases, these older actors are still Hollywood greats.

To say that this list of male actors over 80 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, Gene Hackman, and Christopher Plummer, and you've named some of the most talented men to ever act in a movie or television show. There are also amazing British actors over 80, like two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine.

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 actors over 80 and still alive continue to star in movies and TV shows having not lost a beat with age.

So which of these best actors over 80 years of age are 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 80 below!

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    Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Michael Caine

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceRotherhithe, London, England

    Sir Michael Caine (born 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has... more on Wikipedia
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    Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Morgan Freeman

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Sean Connery

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceFountainbridge, United Kingdom

    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who... more on Wikipedia

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    Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Clint Eastwood

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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    James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    James Earl Jones

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceArkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

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    Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Robert Duvall

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Robert Selden Duvall (; born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and filmmaker whose career... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Jack Nicholson

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Gene Hackman

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

    Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a... more on Wikipedia
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    Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Anthony Hopkins

    Age: Age 81

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

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    Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Dustin Hoffman

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hoffman has been... more on Wikipedia
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    Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Sidney Poitier

    Age: Age 92

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

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    Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Robert Redford

    Age: Age 83

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian actor whose career has... more on Wikipedia
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    Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Mel Brooks

    Age: Age 93

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Ed Asner

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

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    Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Alan Arkin

    Age: Age 85

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. With a... more on Wikipedia
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    Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Alan Alda

    Age: Age 83

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    William Shatner

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceCôte Saint-Luc, Canada

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    Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Jerry Stiller

    Age: Age 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    David McCallum

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

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    Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Judd Hirsch

    Age: Age 84

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Tom Skerritt

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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    Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Robert Wagner

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
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    Hal Linden

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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