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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1,233 192
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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990 200
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

3
931 153
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Michael Caine age 84

4
814 169
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Robert Duvall age 86

5
773 142
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Gene Hackman age 87

6
696 133
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

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470 84
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
eilish added Donald Sutherland age 81

8
501 188
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
wiabux added Christopher Plummer age 87

9
448 136
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Sidney Poitier age 90

10
451 206
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s

11
308 187
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Max von Sydow age 88

12
302 200
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ed Asner age 87

13
320 203
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Jerry Stiller age 89

14
380 138
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Mel Brooks age 90

15
279 116
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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219 151
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Ian Holm age 85

17
257 174
Robert Wagner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Robert Wagner age 87

18
127 49
Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Alan Arkin age 83

19
78 62
Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rip Torn age 86

20
64 6
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Morgan Freeman age 79 - Age 80

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175 124
Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Hal Linden age 84 - 1931

22
97 64
Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Judd Hirsch age 82

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43 4
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Jack Nicholson age 79 - Age 80

24
77 60
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added David McCallum age 83

25
153 120
Danny Aiello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Danny Aiello age 83

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35 5
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Dustin Hoffman age 79 - Age 80

27
106 131
Gavin MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
robwargo added Gavin MacLeod age 86 - 1931

28
144 176
Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
JordanWade added Regis Philbin age 85

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57 74
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Harry Belafonte age 90

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23 9
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Burt Reynolds age 81

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29 9
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Derek Tripp added Robert Redford age 79 - Age 81

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105 155
Philip Baker Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
PeteBoyle added Philip Baker Hall age 85

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67 86
Tom Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
AlanRapsey added Tom Baker age 83

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33 67
Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Tab Hunter age 85

35
41 63
Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Ed Ames age 89

36
110 159
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
kingofthrees added Woody Allen age 81

37
32 69
John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added John Gavin age 86

38
34 80
Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Norman Lloyd

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23 66
Rance Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Garry Willard added Rance Howard age 88

40
21 66
Dewey Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actors in Their 80s
Walter Mccabe added Dewey Martin age 93