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Monday
Dec162013

100 of the Oldest Living Screen Stars of Note

as of december 16th, 2013 - this list is no longer being updated

With the back-to-back departures of Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine I've been really bummed about losing great artists from Hollywood's Golden Age. The Golden Age is roughly considered to be from Hollywood's 1930s through the 1950s. I still hadn't recovered from the loss of Eleanor Parker, an underappreciated actress I had honestly planned a retrospective of but never got around to. 

This morning in my movie grief I inadvertently killed dozens of people off on twitter by claiming there were only six stars of the Golden Age still living. So consider this list my penance. In the past I've published a semi-annual list of all living Oscar-vets in any capacity. It ws never meant to be a morbid countdown list but a way for us to honor people while they're still theoretically conscious of our appreciation for their indelible contributions. So though I normally publish such a list on Ms. Luise Rainer's birthday and it normally includes all crafts, I thought I'd publish an actor specific list that is NOT about Oscar... so send out telepathic waves of appreciation to these talents. Rent one of their movies this month!

100 OLDEST LIVING SCREEN STARS OF NOTE

 DISCLAIMER: Not all screen actors who are old enough for this list are represented. We had to stop somewhere lest the list become a full time job. Check the comments for a rich treasure trove of names NOT included here that are still with us

 01 Carla Laemmle (10/20/09)
Her career was largely uncredited but she's one of the very last silent film players and appeared in both Phantom of the Opera and Dracula ! And she recently completed work on a new movie Mansion of Blood at 104 years of age!

02 Luise Rainer (1/12/10) 
She is 103 going on 104 ♫... that doesn't have a great ring to it but The Sound of Music is such an earworm and Hollywood did like to pretend she was Austrian nicknaming her "The Viennese Teardrop" (she was actually German but that wouldn't do in late 30s Hollywood). Oscar's first back-to-back Acting winner for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937) was recently name-checked not so flatteringly in Hitchcock (2011) but she can handle it. The outspoken actress was very vocal about what she thought of Hollywood, her unsatisfying films, and "The Oscar Curse" which she doesn't believe in. Other key works: Not really. Her acting career was short-lived.

03  Mártha Eggerth (4/22/12)
A major star in opera houses -- her best known production being a revival of "The Merry Widow" --  she frequently acted in musicals and for multiple countries, too (Germany and Hollywood for the bulk of them). She's undoubtedly best remembered State side for back-to-back Judy Garland vehicles: For Me and My Gal (1942) and Presenting Lily Mars (1943) and if you've never seen either, you're in for such a treat. They're both such good movies. 

04 Eli Wallach (12/7/1915)
This beloved character actor and recent Honorary Oscar recipient, played "Mr Freeze" on the Batman TV series. He's most famous for frequent television apperances and for his role as "Tuco" in The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966).  In terms of contemporary film, he popped up in Oscar favorite Mystic River (2003) and his most recent acting gig was in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). Other Key Works: He was busiest from the late 50s through early 60s stretching from Baby Doll (1956 - Golden Globe Nomination) to The Magnificent Seven (1960) and on throughThe Misfits (1961) and Moon Spinners (1964).

05 Olivia de Havilland (7/1/1916) 
The oldest truly enduring movie star on this list had won Best Actress twice by the time she was 33 for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). Olivia's legend was cemented years earlier than either of her Oscar wins, though, with her first nomination as the kind-hearted "Melanie" in the immortal Gone With the Wind (1939). She is the one of the only four remaining living actors with speaking roles from that historic film. The Snake Pit (1948) and Hold Back the Dawn (1941) also won her Oscar attention. Other Key Works: Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and Light in the Piazza (1962). 

100+ more wonderful talents after the jump

06 Kirk Douglas (12/9/1916) 
Spartacus himself and father to two time Oscar winner Michael Douglas. He was nominated for Best Actor three times for ChampionLust For Life and the Hollywood on Hollywood heavily Oscared The Bad and the Beautiful which he is just incredible in. He finally won an Honorary Oscar and his irascibly energetic public appearances including onstage shenanigans with Melissa Leo (discussed here) even after debilitating strokes have kept his name in lights for younger audiences, too.

07 Zsa Zsa Gabor (2/6/17)
This Hungarian immigrant socialite who married multiple rich husbands and starred in movies and television, would have been even more famous today in the 24/7 media cycle. Zsa Zsa, who co-starred in Moulin Rouge (1952) is best remembered for her extravagant life and 9 husbands -- more than Liz Taylor -- rather than her film roles  but she's the only Gabor sister who remains with us.

08 Danielle Darrieux (5/1/17)
This French legend's filmography spans her debut in the 30s (Le Bal) through the 00s with smaller roles like voice work for Persepolis. Her biggest splash in recent times was as the grand-matriarch in François Ozon's musical Sirkian homage 8 Women (2002) but her peak came in the 1950s when she was courted by Hollywood while starring in French classics like The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1955) 

>>> Marsha Hunt (10/17/17) The Human Comedy, Raw Deal

09 Movita (12/4/17) Exotic beauty from Mutiny on the Bounty. Later married Marlon Brando!

10 Baby Peggy (10/26/18) (Silent) child star of infinite short films

11 Michèle Morgan (2/29/20) another classic French movie star - they're long lasting there and they treat their actresses right with roles for decades and decades

12 Setsuko Hara (6/17/20)
Yasujirô Ozu's muse and one of Japan's most respected actresses. Films include classics like Tokyo Story and Late Spring. She is referred to as  "The Eternal Virgin" possibly because she often played devoted daughters and in offscreen life she never married, retiring from acting upon the death of Mr. Ozu.

13 Maureen O'Hara (8/17/20)
We keep asking why everyone's favorite maternal Irish redhead beauty (this side of Greer Garson) doesn't have an Honorary Oscar. The Academy won't listen though we honestly couldn't tell you why but for their histor reluctance to honor women. (The gender gap in Honorary Oscars is insane). You try watching Miracle on 34th Street, Black Swan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Parent Trap and the five films she made for director John Ford back to back and you'll be just as angry that she doesn't have a golden statue.

14  Mickey Rooney (9/23/20)
Arguably Hollywood's all time most successful teen star, this workhorse actor churned out a ton of films in his youth. His first competitive Oscar nomination was for Babes in Arms (1939), and another Best Actor nomination followed for The Human Comedy (1943) making him the youngest actor to reach two Best Actor nominations at the age of 23. To give you a hint at how impossible that is to do consider that only two actors ever came close, James Dean at 26 and Brando at 28, and nobody since the 1950s has managed anything remotely like it. Rooney's final two nominations were in supporting for The Bold and the Brave (1956) and The Black Stallion (1979). In addition to his four nominations he was honored with a Juvenile Oscar (shared with Deanna Durbin who is no longer with us) in the 30s and an Honorary Oscar in the 80s.

>>> Nanette Fabray (10/27/20) Emmy winner, TV star of Caesar's Hour fame, film musicals, and SAG lifetime achievement recipients

15 Carol Channing (1/31/21)
This Broadway legend was essentially too large for movie screens but she did manage one Oscar nomination for her hilariously out-there work as "Muzzy" in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). You have to see this performance to believe it. My favorite part of the movie is her "Jazz Baby" solo. Another must-see for Carol fans is the documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Tribeca Film Festival a couple of years ago with a very frail Carol in attendance. She spoke briefly to the crowd afterwards, telling us stories that she'd just shared in the movie... I considered it a happy Double Feature. Despite the brushes with television and film fame "Razzzzberries!" her claim on history is her Broadway legend, a lifetime of Hello Dolly! on stage and originating the Marilyn Monroe part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

16 Louis Jourdan (6/19/21)
The suave and often villainous (onscreen) Frenchmen is probably best remembered for today's middle aged movie fans from Octopussy (simply because the Bond films, even the bad ones, endure) and Swamp Thing. Other less low rent and more prestigious credits include Letter From an Unknown Woman, The Best of Everything and the Best Picture winning musical Gigi. He retired 20 years ago. 

17 Betty White (1/17/22)
Actress. Golden Girl. Ham...
At this point she's practically "People's Choice" for favorite ubiquitous old lady. Overexposed she may be but when she goes that's the last of The Golden Girls which will be hella depressing. That seminal show is not her only classic. She also co-starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

18 Christopher Lee (5/27/22)
Some actors have second acts in their career. Some get three. With Christopher Lee I've lost track. Who can count that high! This 91 year-old one time Hammer Horror era Dracula is still a favorite for genre-fans everywhere from his recent roles in Lord of the Rings and Hugo and more...

19 Lizabeth Scott (9/29/22) Noir beauty

20 Juanita Moore (10/19/22)
She was never as frequently employed as an actress as her talent merited and hasn't worked in over a decade but that Supporting Actress nomination for Imitation of Life (*see it*) in which her daughter, who is passing as white, resents her for the reminders of her identity as a black woman, sure was a beauty. Her most recent work was a few TV guest spots and a supporting role in the Bruce Willis flick The Kid (2000).

21 Valentina Cortese (1/1/23) 
This Italian Day for Night (1973) actress holds the extremely rare honor of a supporting acting nomination from a foreign language film. Those are about as infrequent as it gets. Other key films include in an early version of Les Misérables (1948) in which she played both Fantine AND Cosette -- take that Anne Hathaway!, The Glass Mountain (1949), The House on Telegraph Hill (1951), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

22 Rose Marie (8/15/23) TV star The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Sister Eileen, The Doris Day Show, and more... 

23 Richard Attenborough (9/29/23)
He's actually "Lord Attenborough" now. I always think of him as a director (Oscar winner for Gandhi but he just wrecked A Chorus Line in movie form) but in truth he acted very frequently, and here's a neat trivia note: he won back to back Golden Globes for Supporting Actor for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle and Oscar snubbed him both times without a nomination. How rare is that! Today's audiences know him best as the short-sighted impresario behind Jurassic Park (1993)

24 Glynis Johns (10/5/23)
Every time I think of this 90 year old delight I start singing "♫ Well done, Sister Sufragrette ♪" but she actually wasn't Oscar nominated for her distracted politically-minded mother in Mary Poppins. Her only nomination came for a a terrific turn as the lusty bar owner "Mrs Firth" in The Sundowners (1960). Sister Sufragette is but a ripple in her blissful pond of movie roles. Two early roles as mermaids in Miranda (1948) and Mad About Men (1954) and her swashbuckling love interest in The Court Jester (1956) have devoted followings, too. Awesome performances for modern audiences include The Ref (1994) - so memorable as the irritable stingy matriach - and While You Were Sleeping (1995) though she is now, sadly, retired. Little discussed factoid: Stephen Sondheim wrote "Send in the Clowns" specifically for her voice during the development of the stage musical A Little Night Music. It went on to become his biggest hit.

25 Doris Day (4/3/24)
The movie musical / romantic comedy legend received only one Best Actress nomination (for Pillow Talk, 1959) and hasn't worked in forever but her fans are still among the most dedicated of any stars. Everyone grouses that she doesn't have an Honorary Oscar and many argue that it's only because she's totally withdrawn herself from Hollywood and probably wouldn't show to receive it. Have you heard her recent NPR interviewOther Key WorksCalamity Jane, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, That Touch of Mink and many other hits.

26 Theodore Bikel (5/2/24) Supporting Actor of many classics including My Fair Lady and The African Queen

27 Eva Marie Saint (7/4/24), who is 89, won Best Supporting Actress for On the Waterfront (1954). That glove scene surely cinched it. Her last film role was as Superman's mom in Superman Returns (2006) before Diane Lane had a crack at it but she's back in front of cameras now for A Winter's Tale with an all star cast. Other Key WorksExodus and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. There are quite a few Hitchcock heroines on this list. He may have tormented his leading ladies but they survive. 

28 Martha Hyer (8/10/24) was Oscar nominated for Supporting Actress for Some Came Running (1958). She also appeared in 50s hits like Sabrina (1954) and Houseboat (1958) and key 60s films like The Carpetbaggers (1964) and The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and was talked up for many roles but big stardom never truly happened. She quit acting in the 1970s.

29 Lauren Bacall (9/16/24) this 1940s screen siren, paired with Humphrey Bogart onscreen and off, recently received an honorary Oscar (we curse AMPAS producers for removing these from the broadcast!) and was nominated for her whole career under the guise of The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). Now 89 this tough actress is still working. Her best contemporary roles were both in icy fantastic Nicole Kidman pictures (Dogville and Birth). Other Key Works: Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express and How to Marry a Millionaire (recently discussed).

30 Ruby Dee (10/27/24) is the third oldest actress ever to receive an Oscar nomination. She got it for slapping Denzel Washington silly in American Gangster (2007) at the age of 83. She's now 89 but her history with show biz goes way back and she has several lifetime achievement prizes to show for it and she still looks great, too! Other Key WorksThe Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and Do The Right Thing (1989). 

 

AND 80+ MORE BECAUSE ONCE WE START WE CAN'T STOP... 

31 Joan Leslie (1/26/25) Sergeant York, Yankee Doodle Dandy
32 Dorothy Malone (1/30/25) Mambo-Loving Supporting Actress Winner
33 Elaine Stritch (2/2/25) "Stritcheyyyyyyy!" Broadway Legend, Lady Who Lunched, 30 Rock Mama
34 Hal Holbrook (2/17/25) Oldest man to ever receive an acting nominaton for his tremendously moving brief role in Into the Wild (2007)
35 George Kennedy (2/18/25) Best Supporting Actor 1967
36 Colette Marchand (4/29/25) Best Supporting Actress Nominee 1952. Then she vanished.

37 June Lockhart (6/25/25) Lost in Space matriarch. I always thought she had the best stage name ever but it's her real name. How about that?
38 Cara Williams (6/29/25) Defiant One, and Best Supporting Actress nominee
39 Gloria DeHaven (7/23/25) a working actor of stage, tv, and film for nearly 70 years
40 Honor Blackman (8/22/25) "Pussy Galore"
41 Angela Lansbury (10/16/25) Multi-Platform Legend, Recently Honored by Oscar which you can read about right here.
42 Michel Bouqet (11/6/25) Prolific French actor, star of current Oscar submission Renoir
43
 Kaye Ballard (11/20/25) Funny lady
44 Michel Piccoli (11/27/25) Abundant French classics: La Belle Noiseuse, Belle de Jour, Contempt, etcetera
45 Dina Merrill (12/9/25) Operation Petticoat, BUtterfield 8

46 Dick Van Dyke (12/13/25) "it's a jolly holiday with you Bert!" ♫
47  Peggy Cummins (12/18/25) Gun Crazy'
48 Jerry Lewis (3/16/26) Nutty Professor, King of Comedy, March of Dimer
49 Joan Lorring (4/17/26) Supporting Actress Nominee
50 Charlotte Rae (4/22/26) "Mrs. Garrett"!!!
51 Cloris Leachman (4/30/26) Workhorse from The Last Picture Show through Raising Hope
52 
Don Rickles (5/8/26) Comic actor, Emmy winner, voice of "Mr Potatohead" in the Toy Story films
53 Mel Brooks (6/28/26) Writer/Director/Actor/Comedy Icon

54 Harry Dean Stanton (7/15/26) Oddity
55 Frank Finlay (8/6/26) Best Supporting Actor Nominee, 1965
56 Irene Papas (9/3/26) Greek actress from Oscar nominated classics like Zorba the Greek and Z. Also: The Guns of Navarone
>>> Julie Adams (10/17/26) Creature from the Black Lagoon and a ton more credits
57 Sidney Poitier (2/20/27) Icon, Topic of conversation in The Butler, Perpetually Chased By Denzel Washington
58 Emmanuelle Riva (2/24/27) Victim of Jennifer Lawrence Larceny
59 Harry Belafonte (3/1/27) Singer/Actor, Beauty, Civil Rights Activist

60 Pat Carroll (5/5/27) "Ursula"!!!
61 Jerry Stiller (6/8/27) Comic Actor, "Frank Costanza", Father of Ben
62 Gina Lollobrigida (7/4/27) Italian sex symbol
63 Rosemary Harris (9/19/27) Actress, Aunt May, Passed her fine acting talent genes down to daughter Jennifer Ehle.
64 Roger Moore (10/14/27) Bond. James Bond. The Other One.
65 Lee Grant (10/31/27) Supporting Actress Winner, Shampoo
66 Estelle Parsons (11/20/27) Loud Occasionally Sensational Actress, Oscar Winner

67 Jeanne Moreau (1/23/28), French Powerhouse, Subject of both Jules et Jim's Affections
68 Stuart Whitman (2/1/28) Best Actor Nominee The Mark (1961)
69 Paul Dooley (2/22/28) instantly familiar character actor
70 James Garner (4/7/28) Actor. Maverick. Rockford. Best Actor Nominee Murphy's Romance
71 Hardy Krüger (4/12/28) Highly Regarded German Star. Once refused a Golden Globe nomination!

72 Shirley Temple (4/23/28) The Ür Child Star
73 Alice Drummond (5/21/28) Instantly Familiar Character Actress
74 Martin Landau (6/20/28) Oscar Winner of Much Awesomeness. Plus Space 1999 if that's too prestigey for you.
75 Katharine Helmond (7/5/28) Sturdy Sitcom Superstar, Stretched by Brazil
76 Nancy Olson (7/14/28) Supporting Actress Nominee, Sunset Blvd 

77 Orson Bean (7/22/28) you may remember him with the speech impediment on the 7½ floor?
78 Ann Blyth (8/16/28) Slapped by Joan Crawford (not that that's a rare distinction). Supporting Actress Nominee 
79 Marian Seldes (8/23/28) Superb on Stage
80 Adam West (9/19/28) Batman Pre-Bale. Pre-Everyone.
81 Ann Morgan Guilbert (10/16/28) Please Give

82 Marion Ross (10/25/28) Versatile tv/film star. Best known for Happy Days
83 Terry Moore (1/7/29) Storied Starlet, Best Supporting Actress Nominee for Come Back Little Sheba
James Hong (2/22/29) Character Actor (Blade Runner, RIPD, and more)

84 Jane Powell (4/1/29) One Bride of Seven, also had Royal Wedding
85 Max Von Sydow (4/10/29) Bergman Muse. Acting God
86 Vera Miles (8/23/29) > Jessica Biel who played her in Hitchcock

87 Bob Newhart (9/5/29) Famous Comic
88 Anne Meara (9/20/29) one of the teachers from Fame (1980)!
89 Fernanda Montenegro (10/16/29) Brazilian Goddess
90 Joan Plowright (10/28/29) British Dame / Actress
91 June Squibb (11/6/29) Oscar Hopeful for Nebraska - currently expected to be nominated by most pundits which would make her the third oldest nominee ever in that category

92 Ed Asner (11/15/29) Emmy & Globe Magnet
93 Christopher Plummer (12/13/29) Best Supporting Actor winner for Beginners. (The Oldest Oscar Winner for Acting EVER) Also: Capt. Von Trapp.
94 Frances Sternhagen (1/13/30), stage/film/tv
95 Tippi Hedren (1/19/30), feathered Hitchcock heroine & Mother O' Melanie. Which is scarier?
96 Gene Hackman (1/30/30) Actor. Can't anyone talk him out of retirement?

97 Robert Wagner (2/10/30), Mr Natalie Wood of Hart to Hart fame.
98 Marni Nixon (2/22/30) the voice of the 1960s musical
99 Joanne Woodward (2/27/30) Awesome Actress. Widow of Paul Newman. Best Actress Winner.
100 Jean Rochefort (4/29/30) French star
101 Clint Eastwood (5/31/30) Indefatigable Icon

102 Gena Rowlands (6/19/30) Actressexual™ Fixation, A Woman Exerting Much Influence
103 Gordon Pinsent (7/12/30) actor, recently seen in Away From Her
104 Polly Bergen (7/14/30) actress
105 Sally Ann Howes (7/20/30) "Truly Scrumptious" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
106 Sean Connery (8/25/30) The Original Bond, Also Indiana Jones Papa, Robin Hood, Untouchable.

107 Philip Bosco (9/26/30) TV star, Character Actor
108 Lois Smith (11/3/30) Character Actress, Sookie's "Gran"
109 Maximilian Schell (12/8/30) Best Actor Winner Judgement at Nuremberg. Also nominated for Julia and the Man in the Glass Booth.
110 Jean-Louis Trintignant (12/11/30) Amour star
111 Chus Lampreave (12/11/30) Awesome Almodóvarian

112 Armin Muehller-Stahl (12/17/30) Charactor Actor, Shine Supporting Actor nominee
113 Donald Moffat (12/26/30) Character Actor
114 Robert Duvall (1/5/31) Acting God
115 James Earl Jones (1/17/31) The Voice of... Dar-- well, everything really. Who has ever monetized their non-singing voice this well? No one.
116 Dean Jones (1/25/31) Frequent Disney Star

117 Rip Torn (2/6/31) Storied Actor. Widower of Geraldine Page
118 Mamie Van Doren (2/6/31) Sex Symbol
119 Claire Bloom (2/15/31) Character Actress
120 Dominic Chianese (2/24/31) TV regular, Emmy nominee
121 William Shatner (3/22/31) Kirk
122 Leonard Nimoy (3/26/31) Spock

FINIS

Too confusing for this list Doris Roberts sitcom star's birthdate fluctuates depending on the source. And by 6 years, too! Cicely Tyson's birthday is also a source of apparent confusion. Some say she's 88, others that she's 79.

Too young for the list  John Gavin (4/8/31) Psycho Hunk, Robert Morse (5/18/31) How to Succeed in Business... and on Mad Men, Barbara Barrie (5/23/31) , Michael Lonsdale (5/24/31) Character Actor... still working!, Carrol Baker (5/28/31) Baby Doll, Olympia Dukakis (6/20/31) "Clairee", Moonstruck Diva, Leslie Caron (7/1/31) "Gigi" herself, Tab Hunter (7/11/31) Heartthrob, Jerry Van Dyke (7/27/31) Sitcom star , Mitzi Gaynor (9/4/31) Musical Star, Della Reese (9/6/31) Touched By Angels, Philip Baker Hall (9/10/31) P.T. Anderson Favorite, Sir Ian Holm (9/12/31), Silvia Pinal (09/12/31) Mexican Legend,  Barbara Bain (9/13/31) Space 1999, Anita Ekberg (9/29/31), Angie Dickinson (9/30/31) Monica Vitti (11/3/31) Italian Sex Symbol L'Aventurra, Policewoman, Tough Broad , Rita Moreno (12/11/31)

They're younger than you think They're still talked up and working and today's audiences think of them as belonging on this list but they're a smidge younger than we realize: Debbie Reynolds, John Williams, Ellen Burstyn and Sophia Loren

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Reader Comments (173)

I was about to say Silvia Pinal, who is Mexico's only living legend, but she was born 9/12/31. So she's too young for this.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

This post is crazy impressive. And also sad, knowing some of the mystery has been removed from "who's next."

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

I thought of your list of oldest living Oscar nominees after the one-two punch of O'Toole and Fontaine. Plus Parker. I forgot that you did it on Luise Rainer's birthday every year. It's amazing that she'll be 104! The last of an era will be gone once she, de Havilland, and Rooney pass because there aren't really any stars left from way back in the 1930s.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean Troutman

Ellen Burstyn! And Max Schell won in the lead cat. What a starry roster!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

i didn't know Adam West was that old

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereduardo

Since the list doesn't seem to be exclusively for film stars I think Doris Roberts deserves to be there as well. But of course it's never been fully established whether she was born in 1925 or 1930.

Also you're probably going with 1932 for Sylvia Miles, which never felt right for me but apparently there's no evidence for 1923.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhcu

Wow! that's a lot of talent. Amazing list.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTucker

And adding to the list, just this past week, MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA turned 105 (!!!) years old.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

I can't with Kirk Douglas because of the Natalie Wood story. Is that rumor true? I guess we won't know for sure until he passes.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Excellent list. But it says that Kirk Douglas was nominated for a best actress award. Maybe he changed gender to obtain that nomination!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

Great listt! A couple of corrections: the Kirk Douglas entry says Best "Actress" and Maximilian Schell won for lead Actor in Judgment at Nuremberg, not supporting.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergwynn1984

Please consider Setsuko Hara, Yasujiro Ozu's muse, now 93, the Noriko in the Noriko trilogy (Late Spring, Early Summer and Tokyo Story).

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Pedro & Gwynn -- lol. corrected.

Jorge -- that is incredible but this is an actors list

HCU --good catches.... but what's with those birthdates. damn actresses and the lying about ages? (sorry, anika noni rose, don't hate me)

December 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Something I've always found interesting is the longevity of the 1961 acting Oscar winners. They're all still alive: Maximilian Schell (83), Rita Moreno (82), George Chakiris (79), and Sophia Loren (79). Of course, it helps that they were all young when they won.

The next earliest date where all 4 acting winners are still alive is 1978.

By contrast, all 4 of the 1981 winners have been dead for some time now.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergwynn1984

Deanna Durbin, whom you mentioned in Mickey Rooney's paragraph, passed away in April of this year

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarsErik

Your short definitions are priceless!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Perennial sitcom guest star/singing nun/rapping grandma Ellen Albertini Dow, 95 (or 100 depending on whether you trust IMDB or Wikipedia more), is still going strong!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

Don't forget Gina Lollobrigida, co-star of Rock Hudson in Come September. She's 86.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

OMG, two French masters: Michel Bouquet, who just starred in France's Oscar submission, Renoir, is 88 (please see Claude Chabrol's Just Before Nightfall, awesome work); MIchel Piccolli, who starred We Have a Pope (wonderful in Chabrol's Wedding in Blood, star of several Buñuel movies including Belle de Jour) is 87.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I believe Joan Leslie is still with us.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterross

Greek legend Irene Papas, starred in best picture nominees Zorba the Greek, Z, and The Guns of Navarone. She's 87.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

you forgot voice actress june foray. she may have not appeared in many films. but she is an icon in Hollywood. i believe she is now 96 years old. don't forget june foray !!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn michaud

And Gloria DeHaven, Ann Robinson (from The War Of the Worlds), Sir Donald Sinden (Mogambo).

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterross

Impressive. Felt good to realize I know almost all of them from at least one film or the other. Thanks for doing this.

Don Rickles. 5/8/26 Casino

Jerry Stiller 6/8/27 The Ritz, Hairspray

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

This is a great list - and a good indication of the sort of conservative elderly Academy members that tend to go for the Chocolat instead of the Brokeback Mountain.

I am assuming that they are members and that they do vote - or give someone else the ballot sheets.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBette Streep

Considering how many actors we lost in the last week, this post almost feels like a "To Do" list for the Grim Reaper.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Why do I always feel so defensive towards Melanie Griffith? :/
What's the Luise Rainer - Hitchcock (2011) thing? I haven't seen that so I don't know. I don't like not knowing. My OCDness will make me watch the film now.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAgent69

Lizabeth Scott is still with us at age 91; Wikipedia gives her birthday as 9/29/1922/

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel Wilson

Lupita Tovar, best known for the Spanish version of Dracula (1931) and mother of Susan Kohner and grandmother of the Weitz brothers is still alive. And she's only a few months younger than Luise Rainer. 7/27/10.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFDot

Rhonda Fleming and Arlene Dahl, red-haired Technicolor queens of the 50's, are still with us.
They celebrate their birthdays on consecutive days - August 10th and 11th. And Marta Eggerth, superstar of German musical films in the 30's ( later spotlighted in a couple of Judy Garland movies - For Me and my Gal and Presenting Lily Mars) is currently 101. I believe she lives in New York.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Luise Rainer is so close to 104!! That's so cool... Also i wonder how Olivia de havilland is taking the news of her sisters passing

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Former child actor Dickie Moore is still alive and married to Jane Powell. He was born in 1925.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Michèle Morgan (b. 2/29/1920) is still alive at the age of 93. She starred in Port of Shadows and The Fallen Idol, among others.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteroperanerd1986

You forgot Norman Lloyd, Nov. 8, 1914, Carl Reiner Mar. 20 1922, Sid Caesar Sept. 8 1922 and Diana Douglas Jan. 22, 1923

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock

A few more humble suggestions:
- Machiko Kyo, star of Kenzi Mizoguchi's finest films as well as 'Rashomon'
- Karlheinz Böhm (aka Carl Bohm), star of 'Peeping Tom' as well as several Fassbinder films
- Liz Sheridan (arguably more of a TV actress)
- Bud Spencer, legend in his own right
- Morgana King, Godmother
- Burt Kwouk, Sellers' Cato

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

Three more:
- Peter Sallis, voice of Gromit's Wallace
- Richard Attenborough
- Douglas Rain, voice of HAL 9000

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

For the "Too Confusing" list, don't forget Cicely Tyson who the NY Times says was 88 when she won the Tony earlier this year!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Patrick Macnee '22
Stephen Hill '22
Tony Bennet '26
Ann B Davis '26
Richard Anderson '26
Charlotte Rae '26

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Mary Carlisle (2/3/12): Active in Hollywood for about 20 years, from 1923-1943. Then she married and retired. She is the sole surviving WAMPAS Baby Star.

Mary Costa (4/5/30): Best known as the speaking and singing voice of Princess Aurora in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." However, she was also in several other films, sang on radio and television programs, and had a successful career in opera. She was active in show business from 1948-2000, roughly. Now, as a Disney Legend Award recipient, she still does promotions for Disney and is a mentor for young singers.

Both of these fine ladies had rich, if not a bit underappreciated, careers in show business. And they are just the right ages for the list.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrainey Baxter

June Lockhart (6/25/25) Lost in Space matriarch. I always thought she had the best stage name ever but it's her real name. How about that?

Don't forget Lassie and Petticoat Junction!

The Lockharts were/are a performing clan like the Barrymores and the Redgraves, less illustrious but likewise stretching over four generations.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Thanks for the list Nathaniel!
And a thanks to everyone on the list for the contribution to cinema!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Weird-I thought Ann Rutherford's passing meant there were only three cast members left from Gone with the Wind, but you're right: de Havilland, Alicia Rhett, Mary Anderson, and Mickey Kuhn. You learn something new every day...

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Regarding Cicely, tax/census records and the NY Times show that she is 88 now. I guess she chose to be "younger" in Hollywood. She looks amazing if she is 79 or 88 though!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Your description of Emmanuelle Riva had me howling!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Actress Julie Adams, born 10/17/1926, co-star of the "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954), scores of TV/Movie credits.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Not a famous name but actress Connie Sawyer, 101 just last month and with 133 credits on IMDB and still working!! with three credits this year, has been in films and TV since the 50's. Not a star but certainly of note.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

I would add Marsha Hunt to that list -- October 17, 1917!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKirk

I was going to mention Michele Morgan who won the Cannes Best Actress award for that movie where she was blind and it's based on a famous short story. Darn it, the name escapes me. And she was also in Cat & Mouse a fun French thriller from the 70s.

I'm gobsmacked that Louis Jourdan is still alive. Man I had a crush on him. I even saw him in middling piffle like The Swan and Can-Can (a definite Gigi knockoff).

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

The lovely and talented Barbara Rush (1/04/1927), star of "The Young Lions" (1957), "The Young Philadelphians" (1959), "Hombre" (1967), TV Batman Villaness (1968); Pretty Nancy Gates (2/01/1926), in two famous Frank Sinatra vehicles, "Suddenly" (1954) and "Some Came Running" (1958), Lupita Tovar (1/27/1910), Mexican actress in Spanish Dracula (1931), and Carla Laemmle (10/20/1909), perhaps the oldest on this list, coach passenger in "Dracula" (1931), neice of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, and still acting today!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

I don't see Rose Marie on here. I believe she is 90.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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