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The Best Living Actors in Their 80s  

Buster McDermott
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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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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-05-31
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio ...more
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-08-25
Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000, and received the ...more
3
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-01-30
Eugene "Gene" Allen Hackman is an American actor and novelist. In a career spanning five decades, Hackman has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, including best actor ...more
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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1933-03-14
Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made ...more
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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-05
Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen ...more
6
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-17
James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest ...more
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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added 1935-07-17
Donald McNichol Sutherland, OC is a Canadian actor whose film career spans 50 years. Sutherland is well known for playing a diverse range of characters, both leading and supporting, in acclaimed ...more
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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1927-02-20
Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role ...more
9
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-06-01

Age 80

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more
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Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added 1929-12-13
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. After making his film debut in 1958's Stage Struck, Plummer went on to successful film career that has ...more
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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-11-15
Edward "Ed" Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his Emmy Award-winning ...more
12
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1933-12-15
Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway (December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019) was an American comedian and actor, who was best known for his role as the inept Ensign Charles Parker in the 1960s World ...more
13
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1927-06-08
Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. Stiller and Meara are the parents of ...more
14
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1926-06-28
Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more
15
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-03-22
William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain ...more
16
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-04-22

Age 80

John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which ...more
17
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-04-10
Carl Adolf "Max" von Sydow is a Swedish actor. He has starred in many films and had supporting roles in dozens more in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, ...more
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Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1934-03-26
Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The ...more
19
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-08

Age 80

Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He ...more
20
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-18

Age 81

Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film ...more
21
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1930-02-10
Robert John Wagner, Jr. is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows Switch and Hart to Hart. He also had a recurring role as Teddy ...more
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Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1935-03-15
Judd Seymore Hirsch is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi, John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John, and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs. He ...more
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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-12-31
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more
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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-12
Sir Ian Holm CBE is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the ...more
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Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
voting closed at #25 Garry Willard added 1931-02-06
Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn, Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019) was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for ...more