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The Best Living Actors Over 80 

Buster McDermott
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Updated December 13, 2019 38k votes 4.9k voters 343.8k views 40 items

List Rules Living (male) actors born in or before 1939.

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 screen and small 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 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, 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 and many other actors over 80 and still alive continue to star in movies and TV shows having not lost a beat with age.

So which of these best actors over 80 years of age are 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 80 below!

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 89

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...more

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 86

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

Sir Michael Caine (born 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known ...more

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 89

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with ...more

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4
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 88

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Robert Selden Duvall (; born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and filmmaker whose career spans more than six decades. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (winning for his ...more

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5
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 88

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and ...more

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 89

Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States of America

Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best ...more

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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
eilish added Age: Age 84

Birthplace: Saint John, Canada

Donald McNichol Sutherland, (born 17 July 1935) is a Canadian actor whose film career spans more than five decades. Sutherland rose to fame after starring in films including The Dirty Dozen ...more

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
AlanRapsey added Age: Age 92

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Sir Sidney Poitier, (; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American actor and film director. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best ...more

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 82

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he ...more

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Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
wiabux added Age: Age 89

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian actor whose career has spanned six decades, beginning with his film debut in Stage Struck (1958). He is known for ...more

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 82

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years. He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, ...more

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 93

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, Yiddish: מעלווין קאמינסקי‎; June 28, 1926) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic ...more

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William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 88

Birthplace: Côte Saint-Luc, Canada

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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age: Age 89

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the ...more
15
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 82

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hoffman has been called one of the greatest actors of all time. He is known for his versatile portrayals of ...more

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Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age: Age 92

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Gerald Isaac Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. He later played Frank Costanza on ...more

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 83

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Garry Willard added Age: Age 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. With a film career spanning six decades, Arkin is known for his performances in The Russians Are Coming, ...more
19
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 81

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins ...more

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Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age: Age 89

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Robert John Wagner Jr. (born February 10, 1930) is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–70), Switch ...more

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21
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age: Age 88

Birthplace: Goodmayes, London, United Kingdom

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22
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Garry Willard added Age: Age 84

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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23
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age: Age 83

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce in the war ...more

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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Garry Willard added Age: Age 86

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
robwargo added Age: Age 88

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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