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
1,483 260
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Sean Connery 1930-08-25

2
1,116 196
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Michael Caine 1933-03-14

3
1,184 247
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Clint Eastwood 1930-05-31

4
957 206
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Robert Duvall 1931-01-05

5
901 171
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Gene Hackman 1930-01-30

6
829 162
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
James Earl Jones 1931-01-17

7
608 115
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added Donald Sutherland 1935-07-17

8
631 246
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added Christopher Plummer 1929-12-13

9
536 175
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Sidney Poitier 1927-02-20

10
367 224
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Max von Sydow 1929-04-10

11
359 229
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ed Asner 1929-11-15

12
512 259
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
William Shatner 1931-03-22

13
255 25
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Morgan Freeman 1937-06-01 - Age 80

14
440 171
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Mel Brooks 1926-06-28

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15
335 147
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Tim Conway 1933-12-15

16
364 251
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Jerry Stiller 1927-06-08

17
178 30
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Jack Nicholson 1937-04-22 - Age 80

18
256 192
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ian Holm 1931-09-12

19
183 78
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Alan Arkin 1934

20
296 213
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Robert Wagner 1930-02-10

21
129 28
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Dustin Hoffman 1937-08-08 - Age 80

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22
151 93
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Judd Hirsch 1935-03-15

23
118 28
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Robert Redford 1937-08-18 - Age 81

24
112 101
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rip Torn 1931-02-06

25
213 151
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Hal Linden 1931-03-20 - 1931

26
184 150
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Danny Aiello 1933-06-20

27
113 90
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added David McCallum 1933-09-19

28
75 42
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Burt Reynolds 1936-02-11

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29
96 103
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Harry Belafonte 1927-03-01

30
132 164
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Gavin MacLeod 1931-02-28 - 1931

31
71 19
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Alan Alda 1936

32
171 219
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Regis Philbin 1931-08-25

33
102 11
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Anthony Hopkins 1937-12-31

34
51 27
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Warren Beatty 1937-03-30

35
119 191
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Philip Baker Hall 1931-09-10

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36
63 96
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Ed Ames 1927-07-09

37
47 102
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Tab Hunter 1931-07-11

38
84 121
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Tom Baker 1934-01-20

39
137 214
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added Woody Allen 1935-12-01

40
45 97
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added John Gavin 1931-04-08

41
45 112
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Norman Lloyd 1914-11-08

42
36 95
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rance Howard 1928-11-17

43
43 15
Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added Tom Skerritt 1933-08-25

44
31 99
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added Dewey Martin 1923-12-08

45
31 17
Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added Albert Finney 1936-05-09

46
27 22
George Segal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added George Segal 1934-02-13

47
8 2
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
lauraw61 added doris day 1924-04-03

48
17 28
Charles Grodin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added Charles Grodin 1935-04-21

49
8 20
William Daniels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
William Daniels 1927-03-31