VOTE 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
1,747 349
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-08-25

2
1,427 314
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-05-31

3
1,310 249
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1933-03-14

4
1,133 258
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-05

5
1,022 226
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-01-30

6
977 198
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-17

7
754 161
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added 1935-07-17

8
732 311
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added 1929-12-13

9
628 232
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1927-02-20

10
466 53
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-06-01 -

Age 80

11
428 291
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-11-15

12
598 325
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-03-22

13
417 282
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-04-10

14
520 216
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1926-06-28

15
395 192
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1933-12-15

16
408 313
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1927-06-08

17
336 58
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
301 234
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-12

19
246 120
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1934-03-26

20
233 60
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
222 58
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-18 -

Age 81

22
338 271
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1930-02-10

23
197 138
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1935-03-15

24
243 26
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-12-31

25
148 148
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-02-06

26
241 199
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-03-20 - 1931

27
155 127
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
123 149
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-03-01

30
200 199
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1933-06-20

31
150 207
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-02-28 - 1931

32
191 274
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1931-08-25

33
143 52
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1936

34
132 240
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-10

35
78 143
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-07-09

36
100 168
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1934-01-20

37
163 283
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added 1935

38
94 43
Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1933-08-25

39
59 147
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-07-11

40
59 142
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-04-08

41
67 33
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
lauraw61 added 1924-04-03

42
93 61
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-03-30

43
58 159
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1914-11-08

44
68 52
Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1936-05-09

45
60 61
George Segal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1934-02-13

46
39 145
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added 1923-12-08

47
16 23
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1938-05-24