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Thursday
Mar012018

200 Oldest Living Screen Stars

This list has been updated for August 2019 and is now located here

 

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Loved this. Thanks a lot.

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo - Brazil

Wouldn't that be fun if the Oscars picked entirely from this list to PRESENT the awards???

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

I just want to state my worship for Odds Against Tomorrow, a flawless portrait of extremely flawed characters, one black and the other white, without the patronizing politics of Poitier's movies in this era. In this very scene of the photo, a gay man tries to make a pass at Belafonte.

But the main reason I adore this movie is the tiny but absolutely stellar performance by Gloria Grahame, that shares one of the sexiest scenes I've ever seen with Robert Ryan. She gets turned on while he describes what it feels like to kill a person.

This movie is an absolute masterpiece.

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Didn’t Plummer just break Holbrook’s record?

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRicopolo

Ricopolo - correct. old text, good catch!

March 1, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Hi! Thanks so much for this list. Could you possible add in Jerry Maren? He's the munchkin who gave Dorothy the big lollipop (one of the three in the Lollipop Guild) -- I'd say definitely a big screen star! He's 98 and the last living adult munchkin from the film. I was very much surprised to find he's still alive!

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Brian -- added! Great addition. I just watched a recent video of him . amazing that he's still alive.

March 1, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

LOVE this. I had the honor of seeing Marge Champion in the 2001 FOLLIES revival - get chills just thinking of her in it.

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

This is one of my favorite features on this website. Thank you!

I love so many of these survivors. I hope they stay with us for a long time. (Looks like my favorite Ellen Burstyn has a great part coming this summer - she plays Laura Dern's mother in the very acclaimed The Tale, which is coming to HBO after premiering at Sundance.)

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

❤️ ‘em!

Boy, 1930 sure was a banner year for stacked, legendary talents (not that 1931-32 didn’t yield a very fine bumper crop as well).

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

This list always makes me feel guilty about all the classics I still haven't seen: The Bad and the Beautiful, Marnie, The Human Comedy, The Pajama Game, The Barefoot Contessa, The Last Picture Show, The French Connection.

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Eva Marie Saint is so beautiful and underrated. The fact that she did not receive an Oscar nomination for "A hatful of rain" is a crime.

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbonobo

Nice to see this list

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

"Pat Carroll (5/5/27)
You know here for doing the greatest Disney voice work of all time as "Ursula" the sea witch in The Little Mermaid." Should be You know her. This list is splendid. Well-done!

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah J.

Come on add James Karen born 1923.

such a cool little character actor

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0439170/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

I am sure you seen in him in dozen of flicks

Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead

March 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterColt G

Colt - added.

March 2, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Gloria Jean (born 1926) from "A Little Bit of Heaven" and many other films.
Jacqueline White (born 1922) from "The Narrow Margin" etc.
George Maharis (born 1928) from "A Covenant with Death", etc.
All worthy of inclusion on this great list!

March 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoberto

This list came to mind when list topper Connie Sawyer passed away in January at 105 so I’m very happy to see it updated!

A few weeks ago I saw Mary Carlisle as the female lead in an early (1938) Bing Crosby picture called Doctor Rhythm that also costarred Beatrice Lillie. It wasn’t that great a flick but worth it for all the familiar faces and Bing was in fine voice.

Long may Olivia de Havilland stay with us!

I read Lee Grant’s biography last year, the career hell that woman went through is appalling but she toughed it out and she’s a great actress. Speaking of bios I’m in the middle right now of Baby Peggy/Diana Serra Cary’s book about her childhood and that of other kid performers called Hollywood’s Children. Fascinating and troubling by turns. Another terrific book by someone else on this list is Kaye Ballard’s hysterical comic memoir “How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years!”

Marsha Hunt is such a fantastic underrated talent. I’ve seen a lot of her work and don’t recall her ever being bad or hammy.

So nice to see that both Doris Day & Janis Paige are still with us and the same age since Janis headlined Doris first film Romance on the High Seas and in no time she had usurped Janis’s spot. The vagaries of show biz.

It’s always odd when you discover that two people who seem from different eras like Ann Blyth and Earl Holliman are the same age. To me she’s classic 40’s/50’s cinema and he’s 70’s/80’s television even though I’ve seen some of his early films.

Great list!! Hopefully it won’t be too diminished next year.

March 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Vera Lynn, who will turn 101 later this month, is first and foremost known as a singer, but she did have a short film career during WW2.

March 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterUA

"Vera Miles (8/23/29)
Beauty Queen (literally. "Miss Kansas") who became a Hitchcock favorite. Her most famous role is Lila Krane in Psycho. Also briefly married one of the screen Tarzans."
It's Lila Crane.

March 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah J.

Thanks for the update.
Yesterday evening I saw the excellent movie 'In The Heat Of The Night'. I noticed that you have forgotten well known actress Lee Grant (Mrs. Colbert), who I also saw in 'Airport 77', in your list. Grant won also an Academy Award for 'Shampoo'.
Lee Grant (I)

Actress | Director | Producer

Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor.
Born: October 31, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA

March 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBert Huys

Bert Huys - Lee Grant is on the list at 10/31/27. For best results, use "Ctl - F" on your keyboard to find an actor's name.

March 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah J.

Stéphane Audran has died.

March 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Marian Carr (7/06/1926) and Gaby Rodgers (3/29/1928) - two beautiful blue-eyed blondes in classic "Kiss Me Deadly" (along with beautifuil blue-eyed blonde on this list Cloris Leachman - 4/30/1926).

March 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTony

The link at the top of this page for a tribute concert to Belafonte is no longer working.

April 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGreta O.

Louise Latham is dead.

April 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Good list. I'd like to add Morgan Woodward (born 1925) and H.M. Wynant (born 1927).

June 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Bill Hayes (6/05/1925). Days of Our Lives.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Conrad Janis (2-11-1928). Character Actor from 1945 to at least 2012.

June 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGarth

John Cullum (03-02-1930). Mostly on Broadway (and Tony Award Winning), but had a key role on 1990s TV series "Northern Exposure" and currently in "The Middle."

June 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Funny lady Marla Gibbs (6/14/931), memorable as the maid on TV's "The Jeffersons" and still acting today. Great line when Mother Jefferson arrives at the apartment to Florence (Ms. Gibbs). "Will you announce that I'm here?" - "She's here!".

June 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Marla Gibbs (6/14/1931) ^

June 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Antony Carbone (6-15-1925), dark-featured Italian-born, New York raised actor best known for Director Roger Corman horror pictures.

June 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFrederick K.

I think that including American soap actors on this list (Peggy McCay, Constance Towers & John Aniston) lowers the tone. How can they be compared to Olivia de Havilland, Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall? And if soap actors are to be included, how about those in long-running British soaps like William Roache or June Brown? Either all or none please.

June 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHenry D.

Nine of the people on this list are now dead. About time to update it?

July 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Sinclair

Pert and pretty Lucy Marlow, born November 20, 1932. Threadbare film credits, due to marriage and children, but slapped by Joan Crawford in "Queen Bee", also did "A Star Is Born" and "My Sister Eileen."

July 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Pert and pretty Lucy Marlow, born November 20, 1932. Threadbare film credits, due to marriage and children, but slapped by Joan Crawford in "Queen Bee", also did "A Star Is Born" and "My Sister Eileen."

July 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

What about Julie Gibson (born Gladys Camille Soray on September 6, 1913.
As far as I know, she's the oldest.
See Wikipedia file: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Gibson

July 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMark Eyman

Yutaka Sada (3/30/1911) - versatile Japanese actor with at least 133 movie credits, including some in the Godzilla franchise, working it 1932 - 1971. Voice heard in 2003 documentary.

July 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Mary Carlisle has died.

August 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Why on earth aren't Earl Cameron, 101, first film 1951 and most recent film 2018, and George Maharis, 90, on this list?

September 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames

James, you are so right about George Maharis. He was amazing in Sylvia which I saw as a young man and have never forgotten. He is also one of the few openly gay actors over the age of 70, particularly now that Tab Hunter has gone. I guess that Nathaniel's just not aware of the enormous impact Maharis has had over many decades as an inspirational actor to many of us.

September 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeff E.

Morgana King died six months ago.

September 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Gloria Jean child star of the 1930s passed away on August 31 aged 92. The last of her generation.

September 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHester Miton

Jane Withers is still with us, Hester, and of course Baby Peggy is the oldest living child star. She'll reach the century mark next month.

September 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Asian sensations: Robert Ito (7-2-1931), former Canadian ballet dancer of Japanese descent, best known in "Quincy" TV series, many more credits. Miiko Taka (7-24-1925), gained fame as Marlon Brando's love interest in her debut film "Sayonara."

September 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJethro

One of the most beautiful actresses to grace the silver screen, blue-eyed blonde (sometimes brunette) Elaine Edwards (3/08/1929) - "The Purple Gang", "The Bat", "Curse of the Faceless Man."

September 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn H.

you have forgotten Vera lynn. 101

October 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjh

jh. Vera Lynn is a singer and only had 4 small acting roles - ineligible.

October 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Time for a update on this list. James Karen died yesterday, very sad.

October 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterColt
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