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 and public figures 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.
Which really old actors are still alive? You might be surprised to find out.
Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer, whose entertainment career has spanned seven decades. He first gained recognition on radio and Broadway, then he became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. He also gained significant popularity for roles in the musical films Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). His other prominent film appearances include roles in The Comic (1969), Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), and Mary Poppins Returns ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States of America
Credits: Diagnosis Murder, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Night at the Museum
Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, Yiddish: מעלווין קאמינסקי; June 28, 1926) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. Together with Carl Reiner, he created the comic character The 2000 Year Old Man. He wrote, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970. In middle age, Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top 10 moneymakers of the year they were released. His best-known films include The Producers ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Credits: The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I
Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916-February 5, 2020) was an American actor, filmmaker, and author. He had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 movies. Douglas became an international star through positive reception for his leading role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion (1949), which brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Other early films include Young Man with a Horn (1950), playing opposite Lauren Bacall and Doris Day, Ace in the ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, United States of America
Credits: Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Final Countdown
Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland (; born July 1, 1916) is a British-American-French retired actress whose film career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, was one of the leading actors of her time, and is among the last surviving movie stars of the "Golden Age" of Classical Hollywood. Her younger sister was actress Joan Fontaine. De Havilland first came to prominence as a screen couple with Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is Melanie Hamilton in the film classic Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she received her first of five Academy Award nominations, this one being the ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, The Heiress, The Snake Pit