actors The Best Living Actors in Their 80s  

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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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1,197 179
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Sean Connery age 86

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902 145
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Michael Caine age 84

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963 193
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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798 157
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Robert Duvall age 86

5
756 135
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Gene Hackman age 87

6
678 123
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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447 73
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added Donald Sutherland age 81

8
487 173
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added Christopher Plummer age 87

9
438 128
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Sidney Poitier age 90

10
436 200
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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300 188
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ed Asner age 87

12
300 180
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Max von Sydow age 88

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316 193
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Jerry Stiller age 89

14
370 127
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Mel Brooks age 90

15
275 108
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Tim Conway age 83

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214 145
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ian Holm age 85

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122 42
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Alan Arkin age 83

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252 167
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Robert Wagner age 87

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75 56
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rip Torn age 86

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174 117
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Hal Linden age 84 - 1931

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92 57
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Judd Hirsch age 82

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150 112
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Danny Aiello age 83

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74 53
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added David McCallum age 83

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142 165
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Regis Philbin age 85

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23 1
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Jack Nicholson age 78 - Age 80

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53 65
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Harry Belafonte age 90

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104 123
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Gavin MacLeod age 86 - 1931

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31 3
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Morgan Freeman age 79 - Age 80

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100 150
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Philip Baker Hall age 85

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109 143
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added Woody Allen age 81

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37 56
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Ed Ames age 89

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64 80
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Tom Baker age 83

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32 59
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Tab Hunter age 85

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18 3
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Dustin Hoffman age 78 - Age 80

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29 62
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added John Gavin age 86

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33 71
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Norman Lloyd

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16 5
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Robert Redford age 79 - Age 81

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22 57
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rance Howard age 88

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20 58
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added Dewey Martin age 93

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15 4
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Burt Reynolds age 81