actors The Best Living Actors in Their 80s  

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List Rules 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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1,216 184
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Sean Connery age 86

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2
974 197
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

3
915 150
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Michael Caine age 84

4
803 164
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Robert Duvall age 86

5
761 139
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Gene Hackman age 87

6
682 129
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

7
455 80
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added Donald Sutherland age 81

8
490 183
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added Christopher Plummer age 87

9
443 132
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Sidney Poitier age 90

10
444 202
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

11
300 194
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ed Asner age 87

12
300 184
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Max von Sydow age 88

13
319 199
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Jerry Stiller age 89

14
373 131
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Mel Brooks age 90

15
278 111
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Tim Conway age 83

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214 148
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ian Holm age 85

17
125 44
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Alan Arkin age 83

18
255 169
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Robert Wagner age 87

19
76 58
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rip Torn age 86

20
175 120
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Hal Linden age 84 - 1931

21
93 60
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Judd Hirsch age 82

22
152 116
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Danny Aiello age 83

23
75 57
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added David McCallum age 83

24
144 170
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Regis Philbin age 85

25
31 2
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Jack Nicholson age 79 - Age 80

26
57 70
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Harry Belafonte age 90

27
106 127
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Gavin MacLeod age 86 - 1931

28
44 5
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Morgan Freeman age 79 - Age 80

29
103 153
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Philip Baker Hall age 85

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40 59
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Ed Ames age 89

31
110 148
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added Woody Allen age 81

32
65 83
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Tom Baker age 83

33
25 4
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Dustin Hoffman age 79 - Age 80

34
33 63
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Tab Hunter age 85

35
22 8
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Robert Redford age 79 - Age 81

36
30 65
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added John Gavin age 86

37
34 75
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Norman Lloyd

38
23 60
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rance Howard age 88

39
20 62
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added Dewey Martin age 93

40
17 8
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Burt Reynolds age 81