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The Best Living Actors Over 80

Updated November 2, 2020 26.6k votes 5.2k voters 366.7k views34 items

List RulesLiving (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 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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    Michael Caine
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    Michael Caine

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceRotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

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    Morgan Freeman
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    Morgan Freeman

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Clint Eastwood
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    Clint Eastwood

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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    James Earl Jones
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    James Earl Jones

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceArkabutla, USA, Mississippi

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    Robert Duvall
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    Robert Duvall

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Robert Selden Duvall (; born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and filmmaker whose career... more on Wikipedia
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    Donald Sutherland
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    BirthplaceSaint John, Canada

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    Jack Nicholson
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    Jack Nicholson

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Gene Hackman
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    Gene Hackman

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

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  • 9
    Anthony Hopkins
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    Anthony Hopkins

    Age: Age 81

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

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    Dustin Hoffman
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    Dustin Hoffman

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Sidney Poitier
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    Sidney Poitier

    Age: Age 92

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Miami

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    Robert Redford
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    Robert Redford

    Age: Age 83

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    Christopher Plummer
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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    Mel Brooks
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    Mel Brooks

    Age: Age 93

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Ed Asner
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    Ed Asner

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceKansas City, USA, Missouri

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    Alan Arkin
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    Alan Arkin

    Age: Age 85

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Alan Alda
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    Alan Alda

    Age: Age 83

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    William Shatner
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    William Shatner

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceCôte Saint-Luc, Canada

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    Jerry Stiller
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    Jerry Stiller

    Age: Age 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    David McCallum
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    David McCallum

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

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    Judd Hirsch
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    Judd Hirsch

    Age: Age 84

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Tom Skerritt
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    Tom Skerritt

    Age: Age 86

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Robert Wagner
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    Robert Wagner

    Age: Age 89

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Warren Beatty
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    Warren Beatty

    Age: Age 82

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

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    Hal Linden
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    Hal Linden

    Age: Age 88

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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