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
1,691 333
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-08-25

2
1,368 300
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-05-31

3
1,260 236
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1933-03-14

4
1,096 245
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-05

5
996 214
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1930-01-30

6
940 193
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-01-17

7
723 153
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added 1935-07-17

8
712 301
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added 1929-12-13

9
610 221
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1927-02-20

10
418 45
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
417 275
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-11-15

12
405 270
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1929-04-10

13
577 316
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1931-03-22

14
500 210
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1926-06-28

15
384 184
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1933-12-15

16
399 303
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
1927-06-08

17
303 54
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
291 226
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-12

19
236 113
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1934-03-26

20
214 53
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
331 259
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1930-02-10

22
197 53
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-08-18 -

Age 81

23
192 128
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1935-03-15

24
138 142
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-02-06

25
234 190
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-03-20 - 1931

26
208 26
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-12-31

27
144 121
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
197 189
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1933-06-20

30
117 142
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-03-01

31
145 199
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added 1931-02-28 - 1931

32
189 265
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added 1931-08-25

33
127 48
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1936-01-28

34
131 230
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added 1931-09-10

35
96 158
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added 1934-01-20

36
73 135
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1927-07-09

37
56 137
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-07-11

38
154 273
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added 1935-12-01

39
86 38
Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1933-08-25

40
55 132
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1931-04-08

41
86 54
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1937-03-30

42
56 148
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added 1914-11-08

43
56 28
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
lauraw61 added 1924-04-03

44
59 45
Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1936-05-09

45
37 134
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added 1923-12-08

46
53 53
George Segal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added 1934-02-13

47
9 14
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added 1938-05-24