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!

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1,627 308
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Sean Connery 1930-08-25

2
1,304 287
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Clint Eastwood 1930-05-31

3
1,210 220
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Michael Caine 1933-03-14

4
1,049 228
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Robert Duvall 1931-01-05

5
963 197
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Gene Hackman 1930-01-30

6
905 184
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
James Earl Jones 1931-01-17

7
684 141
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added Donald Sutherland 1935-07-17

8
688 284
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added Christopher Plummer 1929-12-13

9
588 197
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Sidney Poitier 1927-02-20

10
402 258
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ed Asner 1929-11-15

11
355 36
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Morgan Freeman 1937-06-01 - Age 80

12
391 257
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Max von Sydow 1929-04-10

13
554 299
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
William Shatner 1931-03-22

14
478 194
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Mel Brooks 1926-06-28

15
368 170
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Tim Conway 1933-12-15

16
388 285
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Jerry Stiller 1927-06-08

17
252 47
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Jack Nicholson 1937-04-22 - Age 80

18
278 216
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ian Holm 1931-09-12

19
212 105
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Alan Arkin 1934-03-26

20
323 242
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Robert Wagner 1930-02-10

21
183 42
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Dustin Hoffman 1937-08-08 - Age 80

22
179 118
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Judd Hirsch 1935-03-15

23
168 49
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Robert Redford 1937-08-18 - Age 81

24
132 131
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rip Torn 1931-02-06

25
225 184
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Hal Linden 1931-03-20 - 1931

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170 21
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Anthony Hopkins 1937-12-31

27
136 114
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added David McCallum 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 Burt Reynolds - DIED September 6, 2018 1936-02-11

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194 181
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Danny Aiello 1933-06-20

30
109 130
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Harry Belafonte 1927-03-01

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141 193
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Gavin MacLeod 1931-02-28 - 1931

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182 256
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Regis Philbin 1931-08-25

33
128 222
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Philip Baker Hall 1931-09-10

34
111 40
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Alan Alda 1936-01-28

35
91 150
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Tom Baker 1934-01-20

36
68 128
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Ed Ames 1927-07-09

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54 128
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Tab Hunter 1931-07-11

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147 257
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added Woody Allen 1935-12-01

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76 32
Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added Tom Skerritt 1933-08-25

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52 126
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added John Gavin 1931-04-08

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54 140
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Norman Lloyd 1914-11-08

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77 47
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Warren Beatty 1937-03-30

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41 122
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rance Howard 1928-11-17

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38 22
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
lauraw61 added doris day 1924-04-03

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51 38
Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added Albert Finney 1936-05-09

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36 127
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added Dewey Martin 1923-12-08

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44 45
George Segal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Logan2011 added George Segal 1934-02-13

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1 3
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Tommy Chong 1938-05-24