Actors 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!

list ordered by

1
1,645 316
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-08-25

2
1,324 291
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-05-31

3
1,226 224
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1933-03-14

4
1,064 234
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-05

5
974 201
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-01-30

6
913 186
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-17

7
696 144
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added 1935-07-17

8
695 288
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added 1929-12-13

9
594 205
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1927-02-20

10
408 264
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-11-15

11
369 39
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-06-01 - Age 80

12
396 261
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-04-10

13
565 304
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-03-22

14
488 199
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1926-06-28

15
376 172
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1933-12-15

16
393 290
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1927-06-08

17
266 48
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-04-22 - Age 80

18
281 220
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-12

19
219 108
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1934

20
194 45
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-08 - Age 80

21
327 249
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1930-02-10

22
186 121
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1935-03-15

23
177 51
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-18 - Age 81

24
134 137
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-02-06

25
229 188
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-03-20 - 1931

26
183 23
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-12-31

27
140 118
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1933-09-19

28
99 65
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
voting closed at #29 Derek Tripp added 1936-02-11

29
196 186
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1933-06-20

30
111 137
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-03-01

31
143 196
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-02-28 - 1931

32
186 261
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1931-08-25

33
130 226
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-10

34
117 44
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1936-01-28

35
71 131
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-07-09

36
92 155
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1934-01-20

37
55 133
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-07-11

38
149 263
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added 1935-12-01

39
82 35
Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1933-08-25

40
53 130
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-04-08

41
55 144
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1914-11-08

42
82 51
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-03-30

43
43 127
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1928-11-17

44
48 25
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
lauraw61 added 1924-04-03

45
54 42
Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1936-05-09

46
37 132
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added 1923-12-08

47
50 49
George Segal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1934-02-13

48
3 8
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1938-05-24