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
1,772 358
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-08-25

2
1,457 320
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-05-31

3
1,336 253
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1933-03-14

4
1,151 265
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-05

5
1,040 229
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-01-30

6
994 202
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-17

7
770 164
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added 1935-07-17

8
737 318
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added 1929-12-13

9
637 240
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1927-02-20

10
487 57
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
434 300
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-11-15

12
606 333
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-03-22

13
421 287
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-04-10

14
529 221
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1926-06-28

15
406 195
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1933-12-15

16
355 62
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-04-22 -

Age 80

17
417 320
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1927-06-08

18
249 62
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-08 -

Age 80

19
304 239
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-12

20
253 128
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1934-03-26

21
237 61
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
343 280
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1930-02-10

23
205 143
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1935-03-15

24
257 28
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-12-31

25
154 151
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-02-06