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Here is a list of famous people you didn't realize are still alive. These old actors and actresses were stars decades ago, but have dropped off the face of the planet in recent years. Maybe you thought it was because they died. It wasn't. They just had other things to do. This list includes some of the oldest living actors who were once acclaimed by critics and nominated for many prestigious awards, including Kirk Douglas and Dick Van Dyke.

Just because these stars are out of the limelight doesn't mean they've passed on. Many are still working hard in their old age, though not necessarily in entertainment. Some, like Doris Day now dedicate their time to nonprofits and causes close to their hears. Day fights for animal rights and welfare.

Which really old actors are still alive? You might be surprised to find out. These older Hollywood celebs are also on the celebrity death pool 2017 for those who want to predict which movie stars will be dead by the end of this year.

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Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became ...more

Age: 90

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice Actor, + more

Credits: The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#13 on The Funniest People of All Time

#43 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#32 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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Ann-Margret is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Ann-Margret is a Swedish-American actress, singer and dancer. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, and Tommy. She has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer

Credits: Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy, Grumpy Old Men, Any Given Sunday

Also Ranked

#60 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#61 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, dancer, and producer with a career spanning almost seven decades. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke. Van Dyke starred in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang ...more

Age: 91

Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Radio announcer, + more

Credits: Diagnosis Murder, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Night at the Museum

Also Ranked

#68 on The Best Living American Actors

#47 on The Funniest People of All Time

#36 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#48 on The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

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Doris Day

Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey", in 1945. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, Day started her ...more

Age: 93

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: The Doris Day Show, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane

Also Ranked

#78 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#89 on The Best Singers of All Time

#80 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#52 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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