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What Classic TV Actors Looked Like At The Beginning And End Of Their Careers

August 17, 2020 14.2k votes 1.5k voters 133.5k views17 items

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The classic period of television gave audiences some of its most revered stars ever, and many of them continued acting long afterward. What were the among the earliest and latest TV roles of small-screen favorites like Mary Tyler Moore and Andy Griffith? How much did they change over the decades? Which famous actor's first TV role was their most famous

Check out your favorite classic TV actors from the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s in their early versus latter roles on television. 


  • Andy Griffith
    Photo: NBC / The WB

    Will Stockdale - The United States Steel Hour (1955)

    Andrew Lanier - Dawson’s Creek (2001)

    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA
    Great at any age?
  • Sherman Hemsley
    Photo: CBS / TBS

    George Jefferson - All in the Family (1973)

    George Jefferson - House of Payne (2011)

    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Great at any age?

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  • Mary Tyler Moore
    Photo: ABC / TV Land

    Happy Hotpoint - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952)

    Diane - Hot in Cleveland (2013)

    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Great at any age?

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  • Peter Falk
    Photo: Amazon / CBS

    Fred Dana - Decoy (1958)

    Max - When Angels Come to Town (2004)

    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Great at any age?

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