Celebrities over 85 who are still going strong

Tippi Hedren – 88 years old

This actress and model might not be rocking out at the age of 88 years old, but she has been in the limelight for nearly seven decades so far. That’s right; Tippi began modeling when she was just 20 years old. Not long after she spent years on photo shoots, Tippi was introduced to the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. From there, it was onwards and upwards as the world got to see the star in the horror-thriller movie The Birds. Over the years, Tippi has continued to appear in a whole host of films and TV shows, including the crime drama CSI, the comedy movie Free Samples, and the sitcom Cougar Town. Most recently, Tippi became the 2018 face of Gucci’s timepieces.

Kirk Douglas – 101 years old

Kirk was once famous for his many movie roles and directing style. Now, the star is recognized as one of the only surviving faces from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The actor fought his way out of poverty at a young age until he secured his breakthrough role in the film noir The Strange Love of Martha Ivers back in 1946. Kirk appeared in over 90 films throughout his career but recently took to the 2018 Golden Globes with Catherine Zeta-Jones, his daughter-in-law, to present the Best Screenplay award.

David Attenborough – 92 years old

Would a nature documentary really be worth watching if it didn’t have David Attenborough as the host? We thought not. This legend first started appearing on screen in the ‘60s and has since been broadcast in black and white and color TV, as well as 3D and 4K resolution. Wowza. To top it off, David continued to shoot and host nature documentaries all around the world, even if he is now 92 years old. It seems as though nothing can slow him down.

Dick Van Dyke – 92 years old

Of course, getting your own sitcom named after you is a pretty good way to begin your career. However, that wasn’t enough for this star from the ‘60s who went on to appear in movies such as the musicals Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Bye Bye Birdie. All that work doesn’t mean he has slowed down just yet as the actor has continued to appear in productions such as the fantasy-comedy franchise Night at the Museum in recent years, even at 92 years old.

Eva Marie Saint – 94 year old

Who else could still be leading the way of a career that has spanned over 70 years so far? Eva Marie Saint, that’s who. The actress is most recognized for her time in the drama film On the Waterfront, and the thriller movie North by Northwest. Her many roles have seen Eva take home plenty of awards for her skills, and she still continues to star in plenty of productions. Recently, the star has appeared in the superhero movie Superman Returns, and the romantic film Winter’s Tale.

Beverly Cleary – 102 years old

Amazingly, one of the nation’s most successful authors is still with us at 102 years old. That’s right; Beverly Cleary began writing children’s and young adult’s stories back in the 1950s and has gone on to sell more than 91 million copies of her novels all around the world. Beverly has lived on her own since her husband’s passing back in 2004 but has been in a retirement home since 2016. Although she no longer writes, Beverly’s work continues to inspire many.

Sean Connery – 87 years old

Sean rose to fame as the original face of 007 in the spy thriller franchise James Bond and went on to play the character for the first seven movies. From there, it was onwards and upwards as he continued to act in films such as the gangster movie The Untouchables, the action-adventure Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the thriller The Hunt for Red October. Unfortunately, the star announced he would be retiring in June 2007, but has admitted he loves the slower-paced lifestyle.

Loretta Lynn – 86 years old

This country music star has been gracing the world with her incredible vocals for the last 60 years. In that time, Loretta has been responsible for hits such as One’s on the Way, Fist City, and You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man). All her incredible music has seen the star take home plenty of awards for her work, as well as selling more than 48 million albums all around the world. A health scare in 2017 means Loretta has since slowed down, but still continues to keep us entertained at 86 years old.

Cloris Leachman – 92 years old

Cloris wasn’t always the actress we know and love today. No, this star actually started out life as a Miss Chicago winner. Her crown saw her entered into the Miss America contest where she placed an impressive 16th place. Over the years, Cloris began to dominate the screen in productions such as the drama movie The Last Picture Show, and the sitcom The Facts of Life. Most recently, the actress appeared in the 2018 drama movie I Can Only Imagine.

Vera Lynn – 101 years old

At triple figures, Vera Lynn is still better known as the Forces’ Sweetheart thanks to her time keeping the troops in World War II entertained with her singing. The star would travel the world to give renditions of the hits There’ll Always Be an England, The White Cliffs of Dover, and We’ll Meet Again, before taking a role on radio and TV after the war came to an end. Amazingly, the star has continued to perform and even released an album in 2017 titled Vera Lynn 100.

Ed Asner – 88 years old

Ed Asner might have appeared in the sitcoms nearly 50 years ago, but the actor is still best recognized as the character Lou Grant from the shows The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Lou Grant. However, that doesn’t mean this star has slowed life down. Since the turn of the century, Ed has also appeared in the Christmas movie Elf, the animated comedy-drama Up, and the legal, political drama The Good Wife. It seems as though even being 88 years old can’t slow down this star.

Norman Lloyd – 103 years old

Believe it or not, but Norman Lloyd has been in the world of show business for the last 80 years. That’s plenty of practice in the limelight to make this actor, director, and producer one of the greatest and most knowledgeable that ever lived. As if that wasn’t enough, Norman isn’t giving up just yet. No, he is currently starring in the action-drama series Fly that follows the lives of the first female African-American flight crew.

Doris Day – 96 years old

This actress and singer started out life in a big band where she was the vocals of the group. However, from the late ‘40s to the late ‘60s this star was responsible for over 650 singles. As well as all her time in the studio, Doris somehow found time to appear on our screens in productions such as the suspense thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much, the romcom Pillow Talk, and the comedy Move Over, Darling. In recent years, Doris has stayed away from the limelight apart from sporadic charity appearances.

Queen Elizabeth II – 92 years old

Not only is Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch in the world, but she is still on the throne at 92 years old. This leading lady has been in charge of her country and the Commonwealth since 1953 and has doesn’t look as though she will be stepping aside anytime soon. Although Queen Elizabeth stopped traveling abroad two years ago, she is still there for all the major events, including royal engagements and the recent royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Carol Channing – 97 years old

Carol began her life on Broadway after many appearances in the shows Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Hello, Dolly! saw her rise to fame. From there, it was onwards and upwards to the big screen where Carol secured parts in the musical romcom thoroughly modern Millie, and the comedy Skidoo. She might be 97 years old, but Carol is determined to keep busy with the release of her autobiography as well as an audiobook version of the novel.

Kim Novak – 85 years old

This actress rose to fame in the 1950s with roles in movies such as the romcom Picnic, the drama The Man with the Golden Arm, and the musical Pal Joey. Kim was riding the wave of fame well into the ‘60s when she decided to quit while she was ahead in 1966. The actress sporadically appeared in movies for the next 30 years but has been officially retired since 1991. Now, we occasionally get to see Kim at awards ceremonies and hosting public events.

Betty White – 96 years old

Not only is Betty White one of the greatest comedians and actresses in the world, but she is also the woman with the longest running TV career of any female entertainer. Betty has been in charge of several monumental movements in Hollywood, such as being the first woman to star in and produce a show thanks to the sitcom Life with Elizabeth. Life for Betty is yet to slow down either as the star has appeared in the likes of the romcom The Proposal, and the animated musical The Lorax in recent years.

Mel Brooks – 92 years old

Mel Brooks made a name for himself as a film director, with comedy movies like “The Twelve Chairs,” “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” establishing him as one of the greats. Brooks turned the last of these into a Broadway show in the early 2000s, something which saw him win his first ever Tony. With that award, the director had successfully collected an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony throughout his career, something that very few people have ever managed. It’s no wonder he’s built up such an incredible legacy.

June Lockhart – 93 years old

Between the ‘60s and ‘00s, you could hardly ever get June Lockhart off your TV. Not that you ever wanted to, of course. The actress appeared in a range of shows, including soap opera “Knots Landing,” sci-fi series “Babylon 5” and sitcom “Bewitched.” She’s best known for the lengthy role she had in family drama “Lassie,” as well as her regular appearances in sitcom “Petticoat Junction” and sci-fi show “Lost in Space.” With all those acting credits to her name, it’s no wonder she’s taking things a tad slower nowadays.

Carl Reiner – 96 years old

Actor, director, writer, comedian… what can’t Carl Reiner do? It’s thanks to this man that we had programs like sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and sketch show “Caesar’s Hour.” Reiner was influential during the early years of TV comedy, and we probably wouldn’t have some of our favorite shows if it wasn’t for the work he did back then. The man just doesn’t give up either. He continues to act, with vocal appearances in several animations the last few years, including “Family Guy” and “Duck Duck Goose.”

Marsha Hunt – 100 years old

Despite being a popular actress throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s, Marsha Hunt was blacklisted by Hollywood after her work against the House of Un-American Activities Committee. She spent most of the ‘50s struggling to find film work, but she stands by her actions to this very day. That’s what makes us admire Hunt even more. Not only is she an incredible actress, famed for roles in films like drama “Cry ‘Havoc’” and period adaptation “Pride and Prejudice,” but she’s also a firm believer in humanitarian rights.

Jackie Mason – 87 years old

Jackie Mason is one of the funniest men in the world. That’s not just our opinion, but the opinion of thousands of people around the world. Mason’s humor can sometimes rub people up the wrong way – as is the case with many comedians – but his delivery speaks for itself. His one-man show in 1986 won a variety of awards, including an Emmy and a Tony, as well as a Grammy nomination. That’s more than we’ll ever win in our lifetime.

Marge Champion – 98 years old

In the early days of Disney, it took a lot of effort to create their popular animations. It’s still challenging now, but at least they have better technology. Back in the day, Marge Champion was regularly used as a model for the animators, helping them for films like “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia” and “Dumbo.” She also worked on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” although she wasn’t credited for that appearance. After working for Disney, Champion spent a lot of time teaching dance, even choreographing several numbers in TV and film.

Sidney Poitier – 91 years old

Among Sidney Poitier’s many accolades is the fact that he was the first ever black actor to win an Academy Award. As accomplishments go, that’s a huge one to make. It was thoroughly deserved though, after his starring role in drama “Lilies of the Field.” For that same film, Poitier received a Golden Globe award too, something that he’s since been nominated for multiple times. Although the actor hasn’t done much work on TV or film recently, he doesn’t have to. He’s already proved himself enough throughout his career.

Gloria Henry – 95 years old

During the early ‘60s, many people in America knew who Gloria Henry was. At the time, she was starring in the sitcom “Dennis the Menace” as the titular character’s mother. The role came more than a decade after Henry had gotten her start in the industry, and it was yet another credit to add to her ever-growing list of appearances. Following her time on the show, she toned things down a bit but continued to feature on projects here and there. In 2012, she guest-starred on sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

Robert Clary – 92 years old

Robert Clary is best known to people as Corporal Louis LeBeau on the ‘60s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes.” The role came following Clary’s imprisonment in a concentration camp during the second world war, something that was revisited in a way during the show. Before he’d been imprisoned, Clary had worked as a professional singer, and he returned to that job after being released. His songs became popular in both France and the U.S., and from there he grew to be as beloved as he is now.

Diana Serra Cary – 99 years old

As an actress, Diana Serra Cary was most famous almost 100 years ago. She was one of the biggest child stars of Hollywood’s silent era, racking up over 150 film credits in the space of a few years. It was a lot for Cary to deal with at the time, but it didn’t last forever. Eventually, she moved onto a new passion, which is how she started a second career as a writer. She’s authored several books, including a historical novel and her autobiography all about being a child star.

John Astin – 88 years old

Younger viewers might be more familiar with the film versions of “The Addams Family,” but in the ‘60s, this family was part of a horror comedy series with the same name. John Astin played Gomez, and from there, his career blossomed. He returned to the character in an animated series of “The Addams Family” in the ‘90s, as well as having roles in medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” comedy series “The Love Boat,” and sitcom “The Nanny.” He’s still acting, with an appearance in animated series “Justice League Action” last year.

Caren Marsh Doll – 99 years old

Caren Marsh Doll is one of the few people still alive who worked on the original version of musical fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz.” She played a dance stand-in for lead actress Judy Garland, which was a big job to have on her shoulders. Following “The Wizard of Oz,” Doll continued to work in the film industry for a few decades, but she’s always been more devoted to dancing. She now works as a dance therapy instructor in Palm Springs, proving she’s still got the moves at 99.

Hal Holbrook – 93 years old

Hal Holbrook has spent the last 60 years carving a name for himself in the film industry. After his one-man show in ‘54 garnered critical acclaim, he’s been improving his skills year after year. He’s appeared in political thriller “All the President’s Men,” a film that cemented Holbrook as a star, as well as holocaust drama “Julia” and supernatural horror “The Fog.” Nowadays, he makes the odd appearance on TV shows like procedural dramas “Bones” and “Hawaii Five-0,” and medical drama “Bones.”

Janis Paige – 95 years old

Whether on stage or screen, Janis Paige has made a name for herself as an astounding actress. She got her start in 1944 musical film “Bathing Beauty,” and since then she’s been switching between movies, TV shows and theatre whenever she feels like it. For most of the 20th century, it was hard not to come across some of Paige’s work, from her role in medical drama “General Hospital” to her performance in the Broadway musical “Mame.” After all these years, we hope the actress is allowing herself a break.

Bob Barker – 94 years old

For 35 years, Bob Barker was the face of popular game show “The Price is Right.” Although he hosted other programs at the time, he didn’t really need anything more than that one show. It helped him become a 19-time Emmy Award winner, which is not something many other people achieve in their lifetime. Unfortunately, Barker no longer hosts the show, but he has made guest appearances in the years since his departure. The program isn’t the same without this man fronting it.

Norma Miller – 98 years old

No-one can claim the title of “Queen of Swing” because that firmly belongs to Norma Miller. It’s thanks to her appearance in the musical film “Hellzapoppin” that she bagged the name after wowing viewers in the swing dancing scene. That film was just one of several that Miller appeared in throughout the 20’th century, with additional roles in musical comedy “A Day at the Races” and biographical epic “Malcolm X.” In the majority of her features, she played a dancer and continued to show just how talented she truly is.

Stan Lee – 95 years old

Everyone who’s ever read a comic book is probably familiar with Stan Lee. He previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and is responsible for the creation of characters like Spider-Man, the Hulk and Daredevil. Lee’s legacy in the superhero universe is unrivaled, and it will stay that way long after he’s passed away. The comic book writer’s importance has helped him land numerous cameos in his films, including “Deadpool 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man.” Basically, every movie he’s responsible for really.

Bob Newhart – 88 years old

Where would we be without Bob Newhart in our lives? The man has spent his whole life being a comedian, using his deadpan delivery and wit to establish a career in film and TV. He’s appeared in shows like sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” and films like Christmas flick “Elf,” but it’s his own sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show” that he’s probably best known for. He starred in it for 142 episodes back in the ‘70s, some years after his album of comedic monologues became a bestseller around the world.

Angela Lansbury – 92 years old

When you hear the name Angela Lansbury, what comes to mind? If your immediate response isn’t crime drama “Murder, She Wrote,” were you even around in the ‘90s? Lansbury starred as Jessica Fletcher for 12 years on the show, eventually taking home four Golden Globes for her performance. Of course, the actress has racked up dozens of other TV and film appearances over her incredible career, but her own show was the icing on the cake. She’ll always be Jessica Fletcher to us.

Tony Bennett – 92 years old

As musical artists go, they don’t get much more soulful than Tony Bennett. The jazz performer has been releasing hits since the ‘50s, when his debut single “Because of You” landed at number 1 in the US charts. He’s never stopped making music, although now he tends to enjoy sharing the limelight with others. A lot of his recent work has been collaborations with other artists, including his album “Cheek to Cheek” with megastar Lady Gaga. It just goes to prove you’re never too old to do what you love.

Olivia De Havilland – 102 years old

Olivia is one of the few remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood thanks to her many hit roles in movies such as the action film The Adventures of Robin Hood, the romantic film Gone with the Wind, and the drama movie The Heiress. Although she is now 102 years old, Olivia was recently appointed as the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This makes her the oldest lady ever to receive such an honor.

Chuck Yeager – 95 years old

Aviator Chuck Yeager has the distinction of being probably the world’s most famous pilot. Beginning his flying career in World War Two – where he flew 61 successful missions – Yeager fought in the Vietnam War as well, and was the first pilot confirmed to have broken the speed of sound in his second career as a test pilot. Proving you can’t keep a good pilot down, Yeager once again broke the sound barrier in 1995, when he was 72, and again commemorated the occasion with a 2012 supersonic flight in which he was only a passenger, when he was 89!

James Lipton – 91 years old

If you’ve seen a single episode of Inside the Actors Studio – and we’re sure you have, as did 89 million homes in 125 countries – you’ve seen host James Lipton get in-depth with one of his famous guests. The show has been on the air for 24 years and has become iconic for its unique approach. At 91, Lipton is still going strong, with the show’s most recent episode having aired in January of this year. As an actor, he most notably appeared for ten years on soap Guiding Light, for which he was also head writer.

Harry Belafonte – 91 years old

The “King of Calypso,” Belafonte began as a musician and then transitioned to acting. His most famous song is The Banana Boat Song, known for its “day-o” refrain. In Hollywood, he appeared in the 1953 hit musical Carmen Jones and 1959 film noir Odds Against Tomorrow. He was also a prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement, having been a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., and is still active in political and social causes today. He recently released an anthology collection of his music, and appears in the latest Spike Lee movie currently in theaters.

William Daniels – 91 years old

We’re willing to bet you’ve seen this veteran actor before, though you’ll be excused if you never knew his name. The versatile actor appeared as Dr. Mark Craig on six seasons of St. Elsewhere- winning two Emmy Awards – before playing the inspirational school principal and teacher Mr. Feeny in the sitcom Boy Meets World, a role he reprised in its spin-off Girl Meets World, which ran from 2014 to 2017. In between, he provided the voice for talking car KITT in Knight Rider. The busy character actor released an autobiography last year summing up his career in showbiz.

Jerry Stiller – 91 years old

Stiller – whom you probably know as George Costanza’s father Frank on Seinfeld – was actually a long-time comic before ever appearing on the legendary sitcom. Together with his wife, Anne Meara, he formed the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, and made frequent appearances on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show. After Seinfeld, he also appeared as Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens. Stiller is still going strong, most recently appearing in 2016’s Zoolander 2 alongside his son Ben.

James Hong – 89 years old

This incredibly busy veteran character actor has been active since the mid-fifties, playing a variety of Asian roles in both films and television – despite being a native of the Midwest; Minneapolis to be exact! He is well-known for playing Faye Dunaway’s butler Kahn in the 1974 classic Chinatown, as well as villainous Lo Pan in the similarly named Big Trouble in Little China. Hong was also a frequent voice actor, voicing imperial adviser Chi-Fu in Mulan and Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda. He’s still active at 89, with numerous film and TV credits this year alone.

Max von Sydow – 89 years old

Swedish film legend Max von Sydow has appeared in more than a hundred films and television shows throughout his illustrious career, including 11 collaborations with director Ingmar Bergman. He notably played Father Lankester Merrin on The Exorcist and villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1983 James Bond movie Never Say Never Again, with more recent credits coming in the 2015 Star Wars movie The Force Awakens and the Three-eyed Raven on Game of Thrones. He currently has three projects in different stages of production or development.

Barbara Walters – 88 years old

In 1974, Walters made history when she became the first female co-host of an American news program, The Today Show. She broke new ground again in 1976, when she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news show for ABC. She also co-hosted magazine show 20/20 for 25 years, later transitioning to the all-female daytime talk show The View, which she created and co-hosted for 16 seasons. At 88, she has more than earned retirement.

Christopher Plummer – 88 years old

The venerable Canadian actor is most famous for playing Captain von Trapp in the 1965 classic The Sound of Music, but has played numerous other iconic roles through his awe-inspiring six-decade career. He is the oldest ever Oscar winner – winning at 82 for Beginners – as well as the oldest Oscar nominee – nominated at 88 for playing J. Paul Getty in last year’s All the Money in the World. Plummer has certainly not let the fact that he’s nearing 90 get in the way of working, and currently has two projects either completed or in post-production.

Barbara Eden – 86 years old

The ‘60s was a decade that seemed obsessed with magic thanks to the success of the fantasy sitcom Bewitched. It wasn’t long before Barbara jumped on the bandwagon and signed up to the comedy sitcom I Dream of Jeannie where the actress got to play the role of the lead character. The actress continued to ride the fame of her role for the next few decades and even broke out her original outfit from the show for the 21st Life Ball in Vienna.

Honor Blackman – 92 years old

The British actress, Honor Blackman, first rose to fame in the 1960s thanks to her many movie and TV roles. Throughout the decade, Honor appeared in productions such as the James Bond spy thriller Goldfinger, the fantasy film Jason and the Argonauts, the Western Shalako, and the TV series The Avengers. All of these gave Honor the international fame she had been searching for and was the beginning of a lengthy career for the star. Now, at 92 years old, it seems as though Honor has begun to slow down her work, although she has still appeared in productions such as the TV drama series Hotel Babylon, the medical drama Casualty, and the drama By Any Means in recent years.