Oldest Living Actors in the World

10 Oldest Living Actors in the World

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Although the Golden Age of Hollywood ended over 50 years ago, some of the actors from this time period are still alive today. Not only are these actors still alive, they are also still working in the industry. The Golden Age was killed by the television industry, but these actors stayed afloat by adapting and accepting television roles.

While there are some actors who may be older than the ones on this list, they have been retired for decades or had careers that lasted for a brief period of time. For this list, we chose to highlight the ten oldest actors who are still active (at the time of this writing).

10. Honor Blackman (August 22, 1925 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 93 years old
Birthplace:  Plaistow, Essex, England
Years Active:  1946 – Present
Notable Works: Goldfinger (1964), The Avengers (1962 – 1964), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and The Upper Hand (1990 – 1996)

photo source:  IMDB

Classic beauty Honor Blackman is best-known for her roles as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger (she is one of the oldest Bond girls) and Cathy Gale in The Avengers television series from the early 1960s. Blackman started her career as a stage actress in London’s West End and made her film debut in 1947 in Fame is the Spur, which starred Michael Redgrave. Over the next decade, Blackman was often cast as demure, pleasant young woman in various films.

Unfortunately, Blackman’s road to success caused her to suffer a nervous breakdown and she took a short break in the mid-1950s. After taking roles in B-films following her recovery, Blackman caught her big break when she was cast in The Avengers. Since then, Black man has had a steady career and most recently appeared in the TV series You, Me & Them in 2015.

9. June Lockhart (June 25, 1925 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 93 years old
Birthplace:  New York, New York, USA
Years Active:  1938 – Present
Notable Works: She-Wolf of London (1946), Lost in Space (1965 – 1968), and Lassie (1958 – 1964)

photo source:  Wikimedia Commons

June Lockhart has famously played mother roles in Lassie and Lost in Space. Lockhart is the daughter of actors Gene and Kathleen Lockhart and she followed in her parents’ footsteps. Due to her connections and interest in acting, Lockhart made her professional debut when she was still a child. Lockhart’s first acting job was in the Metropolitan Opera production of “Peter Ibbetson” and she made her film debut in MGM’s version of A Christmas Carol in 1938, where she played the daughter of her real-life parents, Gene and Kathleen Lockhart.

Lockhart returned to the stage as an adult in the 1947 Broadway play, For Love or Money – she won a Tony Award, the Donaldson Award, the Theatre World Award and the Associated Press citation for Woman of the Year for Drama for her work in that play. So far, Lockhart has racked up over 170 acting credits and most recently appeared in The Remake (2016).

8. Hal Holbrook (February 17, 1925 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 93 years old
Birthplace:  Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Years Active:  1954 – Present
Notable Works: All the President’s Men (1976), Lincoln (1976), The Fog (1980), and Into the Wild (2007)

Hal Holbrookphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Hal Holbrook started his career as a Mark Twain impersonator in his one-man stage show Mark Twain Tonight! and since then Holbrook has become known for his Mark Twain impersonations. Holbrook performed his one-man show for a few years before he was asked to perform his Mark Twain impersonation on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1966, Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight! Debuted on Broadway and he won Tony Award for his performance.

While Mark Twain is his most famous role, Holbrook is not a one-trick pony and has had success in both television and film. Holbrook starred as the informant “Deep Throat” in All the President’s Men. At the age of 82, Holbrook received his first Academy Award nomination for his work in the 2007 film Into the Wild. Holbrook is still active in the industry and most recently worked on various television series such as Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Hawaii Five-0.

7. Eva Marie Saint (July 4, 1924 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 94 years old
Birthplace:  Newark, New Jersey, USA
Years Active:  1946 – Present
Notable Works: On the Waterfront (1954), North by Northwest (1959), Superman Returns (2006), and Winter’s Tale (2014)

Eva Marie Saintphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Actress Eva Marie Saint has had a long career and is most famous for playing the lead female role in On the Waterfront (1954), opposite Marlon Brando. Saint’s work in the movie earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Saint’s next big role came when she was chosen by Alfred Hitchcock to star in North by Northwest.

Saint’s career began in television when she worked as an NBC page and she appeared on camera for the  first time in 1946 on NBC’s Campus Hoopla. Although she has had periods of where she only appeared in smaller roles, Saint has never stopped working. Her most recent acting credits were in 2014 in the movie Winter’s Tale and as a voice actor in the animated series The Legend of Korra.

6. Larry Storch (January 8, 1923 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 95 years old
Birthplace:  New York, New York, USA
Years Active:  1939 – Present
Notable Works: F Troop (1965 – 1967), The Great Race (1965), and the Voice of Koko the Clown

Larry Storchphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Larry Storch has never been a major film star, but has had a long career in television, Broadway, and voice acting. Originally, Storch was a stand up comedian who developed a popular comedy act. One of Storch’s first television appearances was on The Ed Sullivan Show in the late 1940s. This led to more TV appearances and Storch even starred in his own variety show for one summer.

Storch is perhaps best-known for his voice work on classic animated shows and films, including The Batman/Superman Hour, The Pink Panther, The Brady Kids, Scooby-Doo, Koko the Clown, and The Adventures of Batman (Storch was the first actor to ever voice the Joker). Outside of voice acting, Storch’s most famous live-action role was on the F Troop, which ran from 1965 – 1967.

5. Carl Reiner (March 20, 1922 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 96 years old
Birthplace:  The Bronx, New York, USA
Years Active:  1947 – Present
Notable Works: Your Show of Shows (1950 – 1954), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 – 1966), and the Oceans’s film series (2001 – 2007)

Carl Reinerphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Carl Reiner is considered one of the greatest comedic talents of all time and is not just an actor, but a writer and director as well. Reiner started acting when he was 17 and spent years performing with various theater companies. In 1949, Reiner landed his first television job when he worked on The Admiral Broadway Revue with comedian Sid Caesar. This program was turned into Your Show of Shows, which is considered the precursor to Saturday Night Live. Reiner received three Emmy nominations for his work on Your Show of Shows.

While Reiner went on to star in and write for several TV programs, he is probably best known for his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was based on Reiner’s experience as a television writer. Over his career, Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy. He is also the father of well-known actor and director Rob Reiner. Recently, Reiner became the oldest nominee in Emmy history.

4. Betty White (January 17, 1922 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 96 years old
Birthplace:  Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Years Active:  1939 – Present
Notable Works: Life with Elizabeth (1953 – 1955), The May Tyler Moore Show (1973 – 1977), The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992), and Hot in Cleveland (2010 – 2015)

Betty Whitephoto source: Biography

Considered one of America’s greatest treasures, Betty White is the oldest actress on this list and had the longest television career of any actor, male or female. White started her television career in the late 1930s and took whatever small roles she could get, she even worked as an assistant for a local television station. In 1953, White caught her big break when she starred in and produced her first television series, Life with Elizabeth – White was one of the first female producers in Hollywood.

Life with Elizabeth helped White gain some recognition but she did not rise to stardom until she was cast as Mary Tyler Moore’s co-worker on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. White won two Emmys for her work on the show. In the 1980s, White hit sitcom gold when she starred as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. This is the role that White is most famous for and The Golden Girls is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. White’s early success and sharp wit and humor has led to her long career, which has not slowed down at all.

3. Earl Cameron (August 8, 1917 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 101 years old
Birthplace:  Pembroke, Bermuda – has been a long time resident of England
Years Active:  1951 – Present
Notable Works: Pool of London (1951), Simba (1955), Thunderball (1965), The Interpreter (2005), and Inception (2010)

Earl Cameronphoto source: IMDB

While he may not be a household name like some of the other actors on this list, Earl Cameron  is known for being Britain’s first black movie star. Even though it didn’t seem like it at the time, Cameron’s first major film role in Pool of London in 1951 helped paved the way for other black British actors. Pool of London was the first British film to show a mixed-race relationship, which mirrored Cameron’s own marriage to a white British woman.

Although Pool of London and Cameron were well received by critics and the British public, there were very few roles for a black actor at the time and Cameron only played small roles whenever he could. However, Cameron’s success picked up when he started working outside of the British film industry and he landed a part in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). While he may not have rose to leading man status because of the limitations imposed on him by the industry, Cameron made a lasting impact and shows no signs of slowing down.

2. Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 101 (will turn 102 later in 2018)
Birthplace:  Amsterdam, New York, USA
Years Active:  1946 – Present
Notable Works: Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Spartacus (1960), and Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Kirk Douglas is one of Hollywood’s greatest living legends. Douglas made his Hollywood debut in the 1946 film The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, starring with Barbara Stanwyck. It didn’t take long for Douglas long to establish himself as a talented actor and he was nominated for his first Academy Award after he starred in Champion (1949).

Douglas went on to star in more critically acclaimed roles and in 1960 he played the titular character in Spartacus – this is often considered Douglas’ best-known character. Although Douglas was nominated for three Academy Awards, he never won but received an honorary Academy Award in 1996  “For 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.” In addition to being one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, Douglas is also known for being the father of the equally talented and famous actor Michael Douglas. While Douglas has not acted in anything since 2008, he did make an appearance at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards and in a documentary in 2017.

1. Norman Lloyd (November 8, 1914 – Present)

Age (as of 2018): 103 years old (will turn 104 later in 2018)
Birthplace:  Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Years Active:  1932 – Present
Notable Works: Saboteur (1942), Spellbound (1945), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), St. Elsewhere (1982), and Dead Poets Society (1989)

photo source: Wikimedia Commons

At 103 years old, Norman Lloyd is the oldest actor alive who is still active in the industry. Lloyd started his career in the 1930s as a stage actor at Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory in New York. A few years later Lloyd was part of the original company of the Orson Welles – John Houseman Mecury theatre. Working with Welles helped Lloyd’s career take off and he soon began a long professional association with Alfred Hitchcock when he played the titular role in Saboteur.

Since then, Lloyd has never stopped working and has appeared in numerous films and television series. Lloyd has also worked as a director and producer. Besides his work with Hitchcock, Lloyd is best-known for his role as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere – Lloyd appeared in nearly every episode over the show’s six-season run. Most recently, Lloyd joined the show Fly (2018) as Captain Edwin “Red Ed” Swan.

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