Simply put, retirement is not in the cards for these stars who are still making movies in their 80s and 90s.
Despite the pervasiveness of ageism in Hollywood, there are some actors who continue to book roles even as the number of candles on their birthday cake increases.
Screen legends Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren may be 80 and 77, respectively, but they’re currently showing young Hollywood a thing or two about resilience as the stars of the iconic 1923 film Yellowstone.
Having worked on five projects since 2017, and with five more in the pipeline, including this year’s highly-anticipated Indiana Jones and Dial of Destiny, Ford isn’t the only star with a long run on Tinseltown. Here are 10 of the oldest active actors in Hollywood.
Al Pacino, 82
Having earned a reputation as one of the world’s most influential actors, the New York-born Academy Award winner still shows no signs of slowing down.
After studying method acting with Lee Strasberg at the acclaimed Actors Studio in New York City, Pacino has played some of cinema’s most enduring roles, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Tony Montana in Scarface, Vincent Hanna in Heat and Sonny Wortzik. Day in the afternoon. .
With no fewer than four upcoming projects, including a performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the actor is just ounces away from EGOT.
Lily Tomlin, 83
Six decades after her big break on the American television variety show Rowan and Martin’s Love-In, comedian Lily Tomlin remains an in-demand actress.
The Detroit-born star has parlayed her early days as a comedian into a film career with a focus on comedy and drama.
She earned a legion of fans as the prankster Violet Newsted in 1980’s 9 to 5 and appeared in The X-Files and The West Wing.
With a Grammy, six Emmys and two Tonys, she is flying the flag for Hollywood’s oldest actresses alongside 85-year-old Jane Fonda in the Netflix comedy series Frankie and Grace.
Ian McKellen, 83
Still working in his ninth decade, McKellan has tried his hand at everything from Shakespeare to fantasy and drama to science fiction throughout his career.
Most recently, the British actor took to the stage in a pantomime as Mother Goose at Theater Royal Brighton, lamenting to the Radio Times, “Age has to come with a health warning.”
Best known for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films and their spin-offs, as well as Magneto in 2000’s X-Men and its sequel, the star, who won six Laurence Olivier Awards, was knighted in 1991. for their interpreting services. Letters.
Anthony Hopkins, 85
“I’m thankful to be alive and they still give me jobs to do. Keeps me out of trouble, huh?” the Welsh actor told The Guardian last year while promoting his latest film, Armageddon Time.
Hopkins won his second Academy Award in 2021 at the age of 83 for his role in His Father, making him the oldest actor to win an Academy Award to date. He has created some memorable characters during his career, including the still immortal Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the terrifying 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
Refusing to retire, he has three upcoming projects, including his role as the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud.
Julia Andrews, 87
Who can’t help but recognize the acclaimed tunes chronicling the current events of the Netflix show Bridgerton, and Julie Andrews’ voice work as Lady Whistledown in the British actress has won over a whole new generation of fans.
Embodying some of Hollywood’s most famous and iconic roles, including Mary Poppins in the 1964 film, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Queen Clarice Rinaldi in The Princess Diaries, the British actress is a proud Academy Award recipient. , six Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards.
Donald Sutherland, 87
While younger generations will recognize him as the villainous Chief Snow in The Hunger Games trilogy, older moviegoers need more than one hand to count the number of iconic roles the Canadian star has made his mark on.
Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Bennet, Matthew Pennell in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and John Baxter in Don’t Look Now are just some of the highlights from a resume that spans six decades and is still going on.
Judi Dench, 88
Making her professional debut at London’s Old Vic in 1957, the English actress launched a career as a respected Shakespearean actress as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
The latest star in Belfast, 2021 Oscar winner Dench, bestowed the title of Dame in 1998, is credited with breathing new life into the character M during Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond.
She is best known for her Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love despite only being on screen for eight minutes.
Michael Caine, 89
Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London on March 14, 1933, the British actor has managed to stop playing very quotable characters.
The two-time Academy Award winner has two new movies in the works, including Now You See Me 3, and has showcased his comedic chops as Victor Melling in Miss Congeniality, his evil side as Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and unleashed his inside. sweetie. Rogue as Charlie Crocker in The Italian Job (1969).
“He makes it look easy,” said Christian Bale, also a star of The Dark Knight.
Rita Moreno, 91
Still busy in her ’90s, EGOT winner Rita Moreno hasn’t stopped working since she made her debut in the 1950 film So Young, So Bad.
She played the doomed Tuptim in The King and I, and it was her role as Anita in the 1961 classic West Side Story that cemented her status in Hollywood, a role for which she won the Best Actress Oscar. Distribution.
Recently enjoying a resurgence of her career, the Puerto Rican actress will appear in Brady’s sports comedy 80’s alongside her co-stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Sally Field.
Dick Van Dyke, 97
He is known for some of the most famous roles in cinema, such as Bert the Chimney Sweep in Mary Poppins and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and at 97, the Missouri native is still a busy kid.
Having recently been introduced to a younger generation of movie fans in the Night at the Museum films, his appearance as Mr. Dawes Jr. in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns proved to be a “terribly moving” moment for co-star Emily Blunt, who said: “Her eyes and her smile are etched in your memory.”