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. 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 and public figures are also on the celebrity death pool 2018 for those who want to predict which movie stars will be dead by the end of this year.
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 long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which remained her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967 and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century. In 1948, after being persuaded by songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne and by Al Levy, her agent at the time, she auditioned for film director Michael ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Credits: The Doris Day Show, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane
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Kirk Douglas is an American film and stage actor, film producer and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s, known for doing serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During a sixty-year acting career, he has appeared in over 90 movies, and in 1960 was responsible for ending the Hollywood blacklist. In 1949, after a lead role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion, for which he was nominated as Best Actor, Douglas became a star. His style of acting relied on expressing great ...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
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Olivia Mary de Havilland is a British-born American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles. Born in Tokyo to English parents, de Havilland and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved to California in 1919. She performed as Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind and in eight co-starring roles opposite Errol Flynn, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Santa Fe Trail, and They Died with Their Boots On. She is one of the last living actors/actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. As of 2015 she is the oldest living actor who has won an Academy Award. De Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, The Heiress, The Snake Pit
John Allen Astin is an American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows, and is best known for the roles of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, Evil Roy Slade, and other similarly eccentric comedic characters. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Credits: West Side Story, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Frighteners, Freaky Friday, National Lampoon's European Vacation, + more