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The Best Living Actors Over 80

Updated March 22, 2021 24k votes 5.6k voters 398.6k views32 items

List RulesVote up your favorite living (male) actors born in or before 1941.

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 and small screen, 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 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 famous old actors are still alive and continue to star in movies and TV shows.

So which of these best actors over 80 years of age are the absolute best? Vote up your favorite older male celebrities below. Then check back to see if your favorites reached the top! 

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    • Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
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    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Inception
    • Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
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    • Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Rawhide
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
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    • Credits: The Lion King,Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi,Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,Conan the Barbarian
    • Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America
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