You know those celebrities who you love watching on the TV or in the movies, and then suddenly they stop appearing in mainstream movies and with time you just forget about them? Well, a lot of times, you suddenly remember an actor and you Google about them and you find out that they are old but still alive and kicking.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most surprising old celebs who are still with us or who were with us for many years after retirement but many of us just forgot about them. Many of these celebrities have had pretty interesting lives since retiring from the spotlight. You won’t believe how well some of these people still look at their age.
Sophia Loren, 87
may You know her as an Academy Award-winning actress, but did you know that Sophia Loren is still alive and well at 87 years old? The Italian beauty has been in the entertainment business for over six decades, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In addition to her successful film career, Loren has also dabbled in television, theatre, and fashion design. She even has her own line of jewelry and perfume. Loren is truly a remarkable woman, and it’s amazing to think that she’s still going strong after all these years.
Anthony Hopkins, 83
You might be surprised to learn that some of your favorite celebrities from yesteryear are still alive and well.
Anthony Hopkins is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, with an impressive career spanning over six decades. Although he’s now in his early 80s, Hopkins shows no signs of slowing down. He recently starred in the hit film The Two Popes, and also appeared in another blockbuster, The Father.
It’s always exciting to see Hopkins on screen, and it’s heartening to know that he’s still going strong at such a ripe old age. He’s an inspiration to us all!
Billy Dee Williams 84
Billy Dee Williams is most popularly known for the boastful character of Lando Calrissian in the massively successful “Star Wars” franchise. He has also starred in movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Batman” in 1989. He played Harvey Dent in the Batman movie. Williams is still alive and well at the age of 84. He most recently reprised his most popular role of Lando in the 2018 film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. He has been married three times and has three children. He has been active in the industry since 1943 when he was just a small child.
Max Baer Jr. 84
Max Baer Jr. is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His role of Jethro Bodine in The Beverly Hillbillies made him very popular amongst the fans. Baer was born in Oakland, California, the son of boxer and actor Max Baer and Mary Ellen Sullivan. His father died when he was four years old, and his mother remarried an engineer, with whom she had three children. It wasn’t until Baer was in his early teens that he decided to pursue an acting career. He made his acting debut in Goldilocks and the Three Bears back in 1949. Then he went on to work as an actor with Warner Bros. Studios in 1960 which laid the foundation for his later career.
Tommy Lee Jones, 75
You might recognize Tommy Lee Jones from his roles in some iconic films like The Fugitive, Men in Black, and No Country for Old Men. Jones has had a long and successful career in Hollywood, starring in over 70 films since his debut in 1970. He is an alumni of Harvard University and has multiple awards to his name including an academy award, golden globe, and primetime Emmy award.
Despite his successful career, Tommy Lee Jones has had his share of personal struggles. Jones has been married three times.
Rosemary Harris 94
The first born of three girls, Rosemary Harris was born on September 19, 1927 in Ashby England. Her father was a Headmaster and her mother a former actress. She began acting while still in school and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After graduation, she worked in Repertory Theater and made her West End debut in 1947. Younger fans might remember her as Peter Parker’s Aunt May in Tobey Maguire’s Spider Man trilogy. Her career started back in 1948 and she is still very active in Hollywood, appearing most recently in the sitcom, Search Party.
Christopher Lloyd 83
Born in 1938, Lloyd is an American actor best known for his role as Doc Brown in the “Back to the Future” franchise. His career has spanned over 60 years, during which he has appeared in numerous television shows and films. Lloyd has been married five times. He has appeared in a plethora of different entertainment mediums including movies, television shows, video games, music videos and his voice even appears on theme park attractions that are themed according to the Back to the Future franchise.
Even though he has appeared in so many different things, he is still mostly known for his role as Doc Emmett. He will be appearing in the Star Wars spin-off series, The Mandalorian.
Nancy Sinatra, 81
Nancy Sinatra is an American singer and actress who first came to prominence in the 1960s with a string of hit songs. She is the daughter of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and remains active in music, film, and television. In recent years, she has been outspoken on political issues, particularly women’s rights. At 81, Nancy Sinatra is still going strong and showing the world that she’s a force to be reckoned with. It is truly amazing to see such a legendary figure still going strong after all these years.
Julie Andrews, 85
Julie Andrews is a legendary actress who is best known for her work in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Even though she’s now in her mid-80s, she’s still going strong. In recent years, she’s done voice work for popular films like Shrek and Despicable Me 2. She’s also been busy writing children’s books and memoirs. It’s clear that age is just a number for Julie Andrews. Her level of high quality work can be judged by the fact that the Queen of England has anointed her as a dame.
Bob Newhart, 92
Bob Newhart is an American actor, comedian and writer. He has appeared in many films and television shows, including The Bob Newhart Show, Elf and The Big Bang Theory. Newhart has won several awards for his work, including two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award.
Newhart was born on September 5, 1929, in Oak Park, Illinois. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1960s. He released his first comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, in 1960. It became the bestselling album of that year and won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Iris Apfel 100
Iris Apfel is a fashion icon and businesswoman who has been credited as one of the most stylish women of all time. She is now 100 years old and still looks amazing! Apfel has always had her own unique sense of style, which has led her to be featured in magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Even at her age, she is still considered to be a trendsetter and is often photographed at fashion week events. Apfel is also the founder of her own interior design company, which has been successful for over 50 years. She is an inspiration to many women, proving that age is just a number!
Chubby Checker, 79
Chubby Checker is an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the early 1960s with his hit song “The Twist.” His real name is Ernest Evans but people mostly know him as Chubby Checker. He is still active today and frequently performs at concerts and events. At 79 years old, he is one of the oldest living celebrities. His career hasn’t been without controversies but his music has stood the test of time. To be honest we are very fortunate that Chubby Checker is still with us.
Angela Lansbury, 95
Angela Lansbury is an English actress, singer and voice artist who has had an extensive career in theatre, film and television. She is best known for her character of Jessica Fletcher in the American television series Murder, She Wrote, and as Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991). Lansbury has been active in theatre since the 1940s, appearing in a number of West End and Broadway productions. She has also been a voice artist for Disney films such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and Anastasia (1997). Lansbury is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
George Hamilton, 82
You might remember George Hamilton as the suave, debonair leading man from classics like “Love at First Bite” and “The Godfather Part III.” But did you know that he’s still alive and well and acting at the ripe old age of 81?
Hamilton has been in show business for over six decades, and though he’s slowed down a bit in recent years, he’s still got a few projects in the works. He is still really active for his age. He recently appeared in 2018 movie “SWIPED” where he played the role of Phil Singer.
Henry Kissinger 99
Henry Kissinger is a German-American politician who served as United States Secretary of State. It is worth noting that Kissinger is one of the few former U.S. Secretaries of State who are still alive. In addition to that he is also the last living member of President Richard Nixon’s Cabinet. He was also a National Security Advisor under the Presidential administrations of two presidents including Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon.
A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he later graduated from Harvard University and joined the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he worked as a consultant for several businesses before joining the Nixon administration in 1969.
Mike Nussbaum, 98
Mike Nussbaum is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 stage productions and 50 TV shows. It is estimated that he has performed in over 1,000 professional productions. He is best known for his work on the stage, especially in Chicago. He also served in the military in World War II where he worked as the Chief of Message Centre. It is interesting to know that he is still alive and doing what he loves even at the age of 98. Before starting his movie career he also worked as a professional exterminator with his brother in law.
Kim Novak, 89
Kim Novak is one of the most beautiful people to ever grace the big screen. She is an American actress who appeared in some of the most popular films of the 1950s and 1960s. She began her career as a model before moving to Hollywood where she starred in such classics as “Vertigo,” “The Man with the Golden Arm,” and “Bell, Book and Candle.” Novak retired from acting in the early 1990s but made a brief comeback in 2006. These days, she lives a quiet life out of the spotlight. It is estimated that she is worth around $15 million.
Clu Gulager, 93
Born on November 16, 1928, Gulager is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He has been in many films and television series such as “The Virginian”, and “Magnum, P.I.” His had a long and successful career that spanned over 60 years. He married fellow actor Miriam Byrd Nethery. He isn’t that active in Hollywood anymore however he has a left a great legacy. Many people may not remember him but it is amazing that he is still alive and doing well at his age.
Tippi Hedren, 92
You might remember Tippi Hedren from her roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie,” but what you might not know is that she’s still alive and well at 92 years old? Hedren has been married three times and has two children, including actress Melanie Griffith. She’s also been an active animal rights activist, working to protect endangered cats through her Shambala Preserve. Her most recent work was in The Ghost and the Whale as Tippi. It was released in 2017 when Tippi Hedren was around 87 years old.
Richard Chamberlain, 88
You might remember Chamberlain from his breakout role as Dr. Kildare in the 1960s. He later went on to star in The Thorn Birds and Shogun. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him on screen, but he’s still alive and well at 88 years old. If you are looking for some classic content to watch then you should definitely checkout some of the work by Richard Chamberlain. The younger fans might be familiar with Matt Damon being Jason Bourne but you might not know this but it was Richard Chamberlain who was the first person to play Jason Bourne on screen.
John Astin, 92
You might know John Astin from his role as Gomez Addams on the 1960s television series The Addams Family. Fans who have seen him in the Addams Family know that he was perfect for the part of Gomez Addams. Since then, he’s taken on a variety of different roles, both on television and in film. He most recently appeared in Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses in 2015. It’s great to see that he’s still working at 92 years old! Over the decades he has worked in both television and movies.
Marla Gibbs, 91
Marla Gibbs is an actress and comedian who is best known for her role as Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons. She is currently 91 years old and still alive and well. She has been in show business for over 60 years and shows no signs of slowing down. In recent years, she has appeared in films such as Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection and other television shows such as “In the heat of the night”. She is an inspiration to many and is proof that age is just a number.
Loretta Lynn, 90
Loretta Lynn is a country music legend who is still going strong at the age of 90. She has a career of over 6 decades and has released over 60 albums and has won numerous awards, including multiple Grammy Awards. Lynn is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In recent years, she has continued to tour and perform around the world. Lynn is an icon in the country music world and shows no signs of slowing down. She is an inspiration to many and continues to entertain fans of all ages.
Jerry Lee Lewis, 86
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll, Jerry Lee Lewis is still alive and kicking at 85 years old. The “Great balls of fire” singer has had a long and storied career, marked by controversies and comebacks. In recent years, he’s been performing regularly and even released a new album in 2017. He started his career back in 1949 and is still going strong. It is truly amazing to see such a legend still out there entertaining the masses.
Jon Voight, 82
The Oscar-winning actor is still going strong, appearing in movies and TV shows like ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘National Treasure.’ He also appeared in a negative role in Mission Impossible. It’s hard to believe he’s in his 80s! Not only is he an acclaimed actor himself but he is also the father of Angelina Jolie. Even though he is 82 he is still working and is also going to appear in a movie called Megalopolis. The movie is being directed by Francis Ford Coppola so you know it’s going to be good.
Tony Bennett, 94
Tony Bennett is an American singer whose career spans over 80 years. He has won 20 Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is known for songs such as “Steppin’ out with My Baby” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. Bennett is still active today, performing regularly and releasing new albums. In 2019, he collaborated with Lady Gaga on the album “Cheek to Cheek”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Bennett has also been active in philanthropy, working with organizations such as the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
Mel Brooks, 95
You may know Mel Brooks as the mastermind behind some of the most iconic comedies ever made, including “The Producers”, “Young Frankenstein”, and “Spaceballs”. But what you may not know is that this legendary funnyman is still alive and well at 95 years old! In recent years, Brooks has been keeping busy with a number of projects, including a successful Broadway adaptation of “The Producers” and a voice role in the 2015 animated film “Hotel Transylvania 2”.
Dick Van Dyke, 95
Dick Van Dyke is an American icon. He’s been in the entertainment business for over 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Van Dyke got his start in the early days of television. At 95 years old, the beloved actor and comedian is still going strong and making people laugh. He was the star of the show “The Dick Van Dyke Show” which premiered in 1961. The show ran for 5 seasons. He has worked in different types of media however he is popular all over the world due to his quality work in television especially in the Dick Van Dyke show.
Bob Barker, 97
You probably remember Bob Barker from The Price is Right, which he hosted for 35 years. He retired in 2007, but he’s still very much alive and well! In fact, he even made a cameo appearance on the show in 2015.Barker is now 97 years old, and while he’s no longer hosting game shows, he’s still active in animal rights activism. He’s a Vegetarian and an outspoken supporter of PETA. In 2010, he even received the “Humanitarian Award” from the group.
Harry Belafonte, 94
Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. He was one of the most successful popular musicians of the 20th century, selling over 50 million records worldwide. He is also a civil rights activist and has worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Belafonte is still alive and active at the age of 94. He has continued to perform and speak out on social issues throughout his life. In recent years, he has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration. It is safe to say that Harry Belafonte is an icon who has lived a long and impactful life.
William Daniels, 95
William Daniels is an American actor, director and writer. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Mark Craig on the medical drama St. Elsewhere and as Mr. Feeny on the coming-of-age sitcom Boy Meets World. Daniels has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1950s. In addition to his work on television, he has appeared in several films, including The Graduate (1967), and 1776 (1972). Daniels is a two-time Emmy Award winner and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his work on St. Elsewhere. He has been married to actress Bonnie Bartlett since 1951.
Larry Storch 99
Larry Storch was one of the oldest living celebrities. He was born in 1923 and is best known for his roles on the television shows “F Troop” and “Car 54, Where Are You?” In recent years, he has made guest appearances on several shows, including “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite his advanced age, Larry Storch is still alive and well. His career spanned about 70 years. His last work in movies actually a documentary called The Aristocrats. He retired from acting in 2005.
Eva Marie Saint, 97
Eva Marie Saint is a Hollywood legend. Even though she is 97 years old she is still alive and well. She is best known for her roles in On the Waterfront and North by Northwest. Saint has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and has been nominated for several other awards throughout her career. She is still active in the entertainment industry. Saint is an amazing actress and it is truly inspiring that she is still going strong at 97 years old. It is a testimony to her talent and dedication that even in the later part of her life she has been involved high quality projects.
Norman Lear 98
Norman Lear is a well-respected American television producer and writer who is best known for producing popular sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Jeffersons. Now 98 years old, Lear is still alive and well, and he continues to be a prolific writer and producer. In recent years, he has been involved with shows such as Black-ish and One Day at a Time. Lear is an important figure in television history, and it is amazing that he is still with us today.
Carole Cook 98
Carole Cook is an American actress and singer who has appeared in numerous stage, film, and television productions over the course of her career. The 98-year-old is one of the last surviving stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, and she continues to perform occasionally despite her advanced age. In recent years, Cook has been celebrated for her longevity and impressive career, and she remains an active member of the entertainment community. Even at her advanced age, Carole Cook is still a force to be reckoned with in the world of entertainment.
Paul Michael Glaser 79
Paul Michael Glaser is one of the best actors to ever grace the big screen. He has also worked as a director and producer. His role of David Starsky boosted his popularity and career. He played the role of this Detective Starsky on the hit TV show, Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979. Glaser has appeared in movies like The Great Houdini, The Cutting Edge, and The Running Man. He has directed episodes of television shows like Miami Vice. He married two times however both marriages ended up in a divorce. He has three children. Glaser is still alive and relatively somewhat active in the industry. He resides in Los Angeles, California.
Ann Margret 80
Ann-Margret is one of the most iconic actresses of her generation. She first came to prominence in the early 1960s with her roles in films like Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas. Ann-Margret continued to work steadily throughout the rest of her career, appearing in films like Grumpy Old Men and The Insider. It is testimony to her talent and longevity that she is still working today, nearly 60 years after she first started in the business. Ann-Margret is an inspiration to aspiring actors and actresses everywhere.
Kris Kristofferson, 85
Kris Kristofferson is one of the old celebs that are still alive. He is 85 years old. Kris was born in Texas and he is a retired American actor, singer, and songwriter. Kris has been married three times and has eight children. He has appeared in more than 70 movies and television shows. It is said that he is one of the best country music songwriters of all time. Kris has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been married thrice. He remained actively involved in music well in his early 80s and retired in 2020.
Marsha Hunt, 104
Marsha Hunt is an American actress, singer and model. She was a popular figure in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in films such as The Diplomatic Passport, No place to hide and Fear No Evil. She also had a successful career as a model, appearing on the cover of elite fashion magazines. In later years, she has continued to work as an actress, appearing in shows, movies and even documentaries. She has also done a lot of philanthropic work during and even after her illustrious career. At 104, she is an amazing example of a life well lived.
Nehemiah Persoff 102
Nehemiah Persoff is an American actor who has appeared in over 150 television shows and movies. He was born in Jerusalem on August 2, 1919.
In recent years, Persoff has retired from acting, but he still made some occasional appearances at public events. With such an amazing career and so many movies and shows under his belt, it is safe to say that Persoff’s career and his popularity will long outlive him. Persoff passed away in April 2022 however many people were unaware that the veteran actor was still alive way after he was done with movies and shows. He was a centurion and lived a great life.
Jack Rader, 101
Old celebrities that are still alive often have fascinating stories to tell. Jack Rader is one such celebrity. He is 101 years old and has lived an incredible life. Rader was born in 1919 and grew up in a small town in Ohio. He worked hard all his life, starting out as a farmhand and eventually becoming a successful businessman. Rader has always been an active person. He attributes his long life to eating healthy food, staying active, and being positive. Rader is an inspiration to us all, and proof that it’s never too late to live a full and happy life.
Walter Mirisch 100
Born in 1921, Walter Mirisch is a producer who has been working in Hollywood for over 60 years. He is best known for his work on the Pink Panther franchise and West Side Story. In recent years, he has continued to work as a producer and consultant on various projects. At 100 years old, he is one of the oldest celebrities still working in Hollywood.
Many of his contemporaries have long since retired, Walter Mirisch may not be making movies anymore but he still remains a relatively active member of the Hollywood community. He has produced over 60 films during his career, including some of the most iconic and beloved movies ever made.
Ray Anthony 100
Ray Anthony used to be a very skilled and thus very popular bandleader, actor and composer. He used to be part of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He is the last living member of the respective Orchestra. Anthony was born in Bentley, Louisiana and began playing trumpet at age eight. He moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1933, and began working as a professional musician in 1935. He worked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller during the 1930s and 1940s. Anthony served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II, and after the war he formed his own band. His orchestra had a hit with the song “Peter Gunn” in 1958. Anthony has appeared in several films and television shows, and he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He is still active as a musician, and continues to perform regularly.
Joan Copeland, 99
Joan Copeland passed away at the start of 2022 at the age of 99. She would have turned hundred in the same year. However fans were shocked to hear about her passing as many fans did not even know that the graceful actress was still alive. It was only after her death that many people realized how old she really was. She worked steadily throughout the 1940s and 1950s, appearing in both movies and television. She appeared in a range of different projects in her later years as well.
Bert Gordon, 99
Bert Gordon is known for his work as a visual effects artist and a filmmaker. He was arrived to Flora Lang and the couple had 3 children together however the couple divorced after almost 35 years of marriage. He was usually known for working in film with super-sized monsters who would terrorize people. He is 99 and still going strong. The veteran film maker will turn 100 years old in September of 2022. This will make him the oldest living film maker in history.
Bert Gordon’s most notable work is The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), The King Dinosaur (1955), and Earth vs. the Spider (1958).
Jacqueline White, 99
Jacqueline White is a 99 year old retired actress who is still alive and living in Los Angeles, California. She was born in 1922 and began her acting career in the 1940s. She appeared in dozens of films and television shows over the course of her career, including Crossfire and Night Song. White retired from acting in the early 1950s, but she has continued to make occasional public appearances over the years. White is one of the last surviving members of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” It’s estimated that she is currently one of the oldest living celebrities in the world.
Joyce Randolph, 96
Joyce Randolph is 96 years old and still going strong. She began her career in the early days of television, appearing on shows like The Honeymooners and The Jackie Gleason Show. In recent years, she has made guest appearances on such modern classics as Seinfeld and 30 Rock. Joyce is an inspiration to all who know her, proving that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. She retired from acting in the year 2000. The professional baseball player Tim Redding is the great nephew of Joyce Randolph.
John James 65
John James is an actor best known for his role on the television series “Dynasty.” He has appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and guest starred on popular shows like “Pacific Blue” and “Touched by an Angel.” He has been in the industry since 1977 and still has a few projects going on. You might not see him on the television that much anymore and he might not take that many producer jobs these days as well but he is still relatively active in the industry.
Shecky Greene 96
Shecky Greene is an American comedian and actor. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926. His career began in the 1950s, when he appeared on television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. In the 1960s, he became known for his stand-up comedy act, which often included jokes about celebrities. He was mostly known for his nightclub performances in Las Vegas. Greene has appeared in several films and television shows over the years, including History of the world part 1 and Splash.