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Celebrities Who Turned 80 in 2019

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UPDATED: Check out the celebrities turning 80 in 2020!

Several famous people celebrated their 80th birthdays in 2019. Iconic actors, pop singers, and sports heroes all joined the list of famous 80 year olds. Some eighty-year-old celebrities look great while other famous people who are 80 aren't in great health. Many celebrities over 80 are at the top of their game both personally and professionally.

Who turned 80 in 2019? Tina Turner celebrated her 80th birthday on November 26. She has won 12 Grammy Awards throughout her impressive music career. "White Rabbit" singer Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane also turned the big 8-0 in 2019.

Legendary comedians Lily Tomlin and John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) celebrated 80 years of laughs in 2019 as well. Other celebrities who turned 80 in 2019 include Ian McKellen, Francis Ford Coppola, and Harvey Keitel.

  • Tina Turner
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    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen since 2013. Turner rose to prominence with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike and as a solo performer. One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Turner is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and trademark legs. Anna Mae Bullock was born in Nutbush, Tennessee. She began her career in 1958 as a featured singer...  more
    • Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Born: November 26, 1939

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  • Ian McKellen
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    Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards and four BAFTAs. He achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit...  more
    • Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
    • Born: May 25, 1939

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  • John Cleese
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    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Along with his Python co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese starred in Monty Python films, which include: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers,...  more
    • Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
    • Born: October 27, 1939

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  • Lily Tomlin
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    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973. She currently stars as Frankie Bergstein on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which debuted in 2015 and has earned her nominations for four Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In 1974, Tomlin was cast by Robert Altman in her first film; her performance as Linnea Reese in Nashville won her several awards and nominations for the Golden Globe and...  more
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Born: September 1, 1939

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