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The Best Living Actors Over 80  

Buster McDermott
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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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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 89
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
2
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 89
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
3
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 86
Sir Michael Caine, (; born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 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 ...more
4
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 89
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
5
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 88
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
6
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 88
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
7
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
eilish added Age 84
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
8
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
AlanRapsey added Age 92
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
9
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age 82
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
10
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
wiabux added Age 89
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
11
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age 89
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
12
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 92
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
13
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 93
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
14
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Age 88
William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, and singer. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain ...more
15
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age 82
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
16
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age 90
Max von Sydow (; born Carl Adolf von Sydow, 10 April 1929) is a Swedish actor. He has appeared in many European and American films in several languages, and he received the Royal Foundation of ...more
17
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Garry Willard added Age 85
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
18
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age 82
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
19
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age 83
Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936) is an American retired actor, director, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on ...more
20
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age 89
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
21
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Garry Willard added Age 84
Judd Seymore Hirsch (Yiddish: זשודד סעימאָרע הירסשה‎; born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), John Lacey on the ...more
22
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
Derek Tripp added Age 81
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
23
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
PeteBoyle added Age 88
Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert (born 12 September 1931), known as Ian Holm, is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for ...more
24
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
voting closed at #25 Garry Willard added Dec. at 88
Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019) was an American actor and voice actor, and had a career that spanned over 60 years. Torn was nominated for the Academy ...more
25
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors Over 80
robwargo added Age 88
Hal Linden (born Harold Lipshitz, March 20, 1931) is an American stage and screen actor, television director and musician. Linden began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950s. ...more