Wednesday, October 19, 2011

50 Still Living Actors Age 80 and Older

Celebrating people from our past who are still alive despite advanced age.  Obviously this won’t remain the case forever but all are still alive as of October 2011. 

A note about ethnicity: I did try to add more non-white actors, but other than Sidney Poitier (see below) anyone I could think of from the 1970s and earlier were either deceased or in their 70s at the oldest.  If I think of any more, I’ll add them to a second post on this topic.

1.      Richard Anderson (b. 1928): Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman

2.      Edward Asner (b. 1929): Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant

3.      Honor Blackman (b. 1928): Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Pussy Galore in Goldfinger

4.      Ernest Borgnine (b. 1917): Quentin McHale on McHale’s Navy [died July 8, 2012]

5.      Conrad Brooks (b. 1931): regular in Ed Wood films including Patrolman Jamie in Plan 9 from Outer Space

6.      Martin Brooks (b. 1925): second Dr. Rudy Wells on The Six Million Dollar Man

7.      Phyllis Coates (b. 1927): First Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman

8.      Sean Connery (b. 1930): First big screen/1960s James Bond

9.      Anne B. Davis (b. 1926): Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch

10.  Phyllis Diller (b. 1917): domestic humour comedian [died August 20, 2012]

11.  Kirk Douglas (b. 1916): 1950s-70s movie star (Spartacus, etc)

12.  Clint Eastwood (b. 1930): The Man with No Name in the Dollars Trilogy, Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry movies

13.  Gabriele Ferzetti (b. 1925): Marc-Ange Draco on On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

14.  James Garner (b. 1928): Bret Maverick on Maverick, Jim Rockford on The Rockford Files

15.  Eunice Gayson (b. 1928): Sylvia Trench in the first two James Bond films

16.  Lee Grant (b. 1927): Stella Chernak on Peyton Place

17.  Bob Hastings (b,. 1925): Elroy Carpenter on McHale’s Navy, Jim Gordon on Batman: The Animated Series

18.  Clifton James (b. 1921): J.W. Pepper in the first two Roger Moore James Bond films

19.  Russell Johnson (b. 1924): Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island

20.  Martin Landau (b. 1931 or earlier): John Koenig on Space: 1999

21.  Angela Lansbury (b. 1925): Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote

22.  Jack Larson (b. 1928): Jimmy Olsen in The Adventures of Superman

23.  Jerry Lewis (b. 1926): numerous comedies with and without Dean Martin, including The Nutty Professor

24.  Hal Linden (b. 1931): Barney Miller on Barney Miller

25.  June Lockhart (b. 1925): Ruth Martin on Lassie, Maureen Robinson on Lost in Space

26.  Gavin MacLeod (b. 1930): Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show,  Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat

27.  Patrick Macnee (b. 1922): John Steed on The Avengers

28.  Al Molinaro (b. 1919): Al Delvecchio on Happy Days

29.  Roger Moore (b. `1927) Simon Templar on The Saint, 1970s-80s James Bond

30.  Harry Morgan (b. 1915): Bill Gannon on Dragnet, Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H  Passed away subsequent to the posting of this list: Dec 7, 2011

31.  Bon Newhart (b. 1929): Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, Dick Loudon on Newhart

32.  Marion Ross (b. 1928): Marion Cunningham on Happy Days

33.  Noel Neill (b. 1920): Second Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman (also in the earlier Superman serials)

34.  Leonard Nimoy (b. 1931): Spock on Star Trek

35.  Alan Oppenheimer: (b. 1930): third Dr. Rudy Wells on The Six Million Dollar Man

36.  Sidney Poitier (b. 1927): Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night and sequels

37.  Joyce Randolph (b. 1924): Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners

38.  Don Rickles (b. 1926): famous insult comedian; also in The Dirty Dozen

39.  William Schallert (b. 1922): Mr. Leander on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show, Retired Man on Legends of the Superheroes

40.  William Shatner (b.1930): James T. Kirk on Star Trek, Thomas Jefferson Hooker on T.J. Hooker

41.  Paul Soles (b. 1930): Peter Parker on the first animated Spider-Man series

42.  Jean Stapleton (b.1923): Edith Bunker on All in the Family

43.  John Stephenson (b. 1923): Mr. Slate on The Flintstones

44.  Abe Vigoda (b. 1920): Phil Fish on both Barney Miller and Fish

45.  Dick Van Dyke (b. 1925): Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr. Mark Sloan on Diagnosis: Murder

46.  Chris Wedes (b. 1928): J.P. Patches on the J.P. Patches Show

47.  Adam West (b. 1928): Bruce Wayne in the 1960s Batman series

48.  Betty White (b. 1922): Sue Anne Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls

49.  Grace Lee Whitney (b. 1930): Janice Rand on Star Trek

50.  Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (b. 1918): Stu Bailey on 77 Sunset Strip, Lewis Erskine on The F.B.I., Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series

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