Time works mysteriously. If we want, we may blame this for rapid technological advancement. During their lifetime, however, film and television can commemorate our favorite actors and actresses. Can you believe that silent black and white films were the norms a few decades ago? When talking about Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age, there are many things one can express nostalgia for. In this historical period, the figurative stage was given to the best performers and artists to produce some of the best works. You’ll find people crediting their nutritious diets for their health, while others appear to have nine lives!
JACLYN SMITH, 75 YEARS OLD
Jaclyn Smith, an American actress and businesswoman, is most famous for her role in Charlie’s Angels as Kelly Garrett. In the ’80s, she appeared in several Hollywood movies and even launched her own perfume and clothing brand. The 75-year-old attributes a healthy diet and daily exercise to her aging – or lack thereof. Obviously, whatever she does works flawlessly!
BETTY WHITE, 99 YEARS OLD
You might not have known something interesting here: Betty White actually started doing radio gigs during the ’40s! The story goes that she was not found photogenic enough by movie executives to make movies. It’s difficult to believe, isn’t it? Regardless of what may have happened in the past, she currently holds the record for any female entertainer’s longest-running career. She also doesn’t appear to be interested in retiring soon.
KIRK DOUGLAS, 103 YEARS OLD
We know what we’re going to say next sounds unbelievable, but this is truly the life that Kirk Douglas led. He managed to survive life-threatening moments. Do you think he has nine lives? During his long, successful career, the 103-year-old actor must have been able to save a lot of wealth. Sadly, though, he recently passed away on February 5, 2020.
HAL HOLBROOK, 95 YEARS OLD
No doubt that one of the most gifted men the industry has ever seen is Hal Holbrook. As he played Mark Twain in a production of a one-person play, he actually got his breakthrough. His acting resume has kept getting longer and longer ever since. He has done television, film, and stage work as a true testament to his versatility. Oh, how can we forget all the awards and accolades he’s earned since his acting career began? We bet he’s worth millions at this point already.
LEX LUGER, 62 YEARS OLD
The professional wrestler Lex Luger used to go by the moniker “The Total Package.” When he competed in both the World Wrestling Championship and the World Wrestling Federation, his career peaked back in the ’80s and’ 90s. Actually, Luger also played football, and he even played in the NFL for the Miami Hurricanes! However, when he suffered a spinal stroke in 2007, he had to quit sports totally. He is still active in WWE; he works nowadays instead of in front of the camera as a Wellness Policy team member.
Richard Keith, 70 Years Old
His acting career began with Richard Keith when he was very young. Most people do not know that at the age of three, he actually started playing the drums! He was known to everybody when he was just five years old as Little Ricky in I Love Lucy. In addition to that role, he also appeared as Opie’s friend Johnny Paul Jason several times on The Andy Griffith Show.
TONY BENNETT, 94 YEARS OLD
Reaching the age of 94 years is in itself considered a major milestone! What more if the same geriatrics can still hit every note in his songs? When you’re Tony Bennett, that is the reality. Did you know that he actually went to the School of Industrial Arts in New York to start studying? Since the ’50s, he has been a familiar face in the industry, and even until now, he continues to perform. He is probably best known for singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” and a whopping $200 million is believed to be worth it.
EVA MARIE SAINT, 96 YEARS OLD
We all watched as the Eva Marie Saint star continued to enjoy a long and successful career. When you consider that she has been active in the show business since the 1940s, the actress makes an even greater impression! Who could ever forget her iconic performance opposite Marlon Brando in the drama film On The Waterfront? Her black-and-white film work earned her the 1955 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress! We can only hope that she is proud of all she’s managed to accomplish because she surely deserves it.
JACKIE MASON, 92 YEARS OLD
Perhaps best known for his skills as a stand-up artist is Jackie Mason. The comedian has been on Broadway many times, and on the Comedy Central survey of the greatest stand-up comedians in history, he even reached the 63rd spot. We do not doubt that, over the years, Mason could accumulate a fortune of millions. We don’t have problems enjoying retirement!
JULIE GIBSON, 106 YEARS OLD
Julie Gibson was born in Washington and was renowned during the 1940s for her wonderful singing and acting. Her career began when she sang with the Jimmie Grier Orchestra. She later joined the cast of a radio program with Joe Penner. Her initial movie appearances were in smaller roles, but she worked her way up to starring in Chick Carter and Detective movies over time. She expanded her horizons as her career advanced, took more roles in various movies, and worked abroad. Sadly, on October 2, 2019, she passed away.
DEAN STOCKWELL, 84 YEARS OLD
On the off-chance that you don’t remember him, we would like to remind you that Dean Stockwell starred in the Quantum Leap show! Don’t forget, however, that he was in the industry even before then. Actually, when he was only 7 years old, he began acting, and his first credit was as Gregory Peck’s son in the Gentleman’s Agreement, a drama film. His final acting credit dates back to 2015, and he has since retired.
CAREL STRUYCKEN, 72 YEARS OLD
Carel Struycken is a film, TV, and stage actor from the Netherlands. He’s best known in the films The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values for playing Lurch. He also starred in Twin Peaks as the Giant/Fireman and in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Mr. Homn. Carel is now living with his wife and two kids in LA. He is a vegetarian as well, loves gardening, and is a passionate photographer. He maintains a website with Josh Korwin dedicated to his spherical panoramas and writes a photography blog.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, 83 YEARS OLD
Billy Dee Williams, the American singer, and actor is most famous for his iconic role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars. In 1980, he first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. Not to mention that he was also involved in other popular productions in 1971, such as Brian’s Song. He also starred in films like Lady Sings the Blues and Batman in 1982. Billy decided to venture into the music world and released a jazz LP that became a commercial success.
BOLO YEUNG, 74 YEARS OLD
Bolo Yeung, a retired competitive bodybuilder, is a martial artist and film director of martial arts. In the movies that he stars in, he is normally cast as the villain. He’s best known for Bruce Lee entering the Dragon, Jean-Claude Van Damme entering Bloodsport, and Yasuaki Kurata and Simon Yam entering Bloodfight. Bolo, currently 74 years old, is still active in the industry.
KRISTY MCNICHOL, 58 YEARS OLD
The legendary comedian, actress, producer, and singer is Kristy McNicol. Now 58 years old, she is best known for her film Little Darlings, Only When I Laugh, and the Empty Nest TV show, but is now retired from the industry.
ANN-MARGRET, 79 YEARS OLD
With both her acting chops and her lovely singing voice, you probably already know that the talented Ann-Margaret made a name for herself. She was able to land great gigs like the comedy Viva Las Vegas and the comedy film By Birdie with her two talents. She also recorded and released multiple songs, apart from starring in these musical films, and racked up many awards. Our wish for her is to make the most of her retirement because she deserves it after working hard for her career for years!
REBECCA DE MORNAY, 61 YEARS OLD
You definitely know the beloved classic she is usually associated with, Risky Business, if you know Rebecca De Mornay. The film was such a success that her career began, and in the 1983 Testament, she had another incredible achievement. With many successful films under her belt, this actress has no plans to slow down at 61 years old. She is currently starring in Jessica Jones’s beloved show.
CHERYL TIEGS, 73 YEARS OLD
They were all crushing on Cheryl Tiegs back in the 80s, and the same is true today, even at the age of 73. We admire her not only for her beauty but Tiegs is even more adored for her work as a philanthropist. She has spoken out on environmental protection, reproductive rights, the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, and several other significant causes.
MAX BAER JR., 83 YEARS OLD
Max Baer Jr., an actor, producer, screenwriter, and director, is famous for his role in The Beverly Hillbillies as Jethro Bodine. Even though his acting career remained on the small screen, he used his directing and producing talents for the big screen, making himself a serious name. He is now the last surviving member of the original cast of The Beverly Hillbillies.
DORIS DAY, 97 YEARS OLD
Before becoming one of the most successful actresses in the ’50s and’ 60s, Doris Day started as a singer. Though you probably remember her best from The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, and Calamity Jane, she has starred in a great number of projects. It is estimated that her net worth is an impressive $200 million. We are sure that retirement must be a dream when you have that big fortune. However, because of a severe case of pneumonia, she died in 2019.
Rhonda Fleming, 97 Years Old
Rhonda Fleming may have appeared in about forty films throughout her career, though her breakthrough came with Alfred Hitchcock’s film Spellbound release. Because of her flaming red hair and ghostly complexion, she was called Technicolor’s Queen, making it interesting when Technicolor was the norm. She started more charity work after stopping acting. She specializes in healthcare and insurance. In 1991, she founded the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Comprehensive Care at UCLA Medical Center with her then-husband, Ted Mann. Unfortunately, she died from aspiration pneumonia in 2020.
ALI MACGRAW, 81 YEARS OLD
Ali MacGraw may have starred in many projects, though in the 1970 classic Love Story opposite actor Ryan O’Neal, we doubt anything will ever top her performance. The film is simply one of the best romance films ever made, and we have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it!
JOLENE BLALOCK, 45 YEARS OLD
The American actress and model are most famous for her role in the UPN sci-fi series Star Trek as the Vulcan First Officer and Science Officer T’Pol. She’s guest-starred in many TV shows and movies on top of that.
BARBARA EDEN, 89 YEARS OLD
After she landed the leading part in the fantasy sitcom I Dream of Jeannie; Barbara Eden was launched into fame. Although many people are still grateful that they can watch her whenever the reruns go on air, she has since entered retirement. We are sure that during her active years in the industry, she must have accumulated a lot of money, although she still receives royalties from the best-selling memoirs she released in 2011.
Johanna Quaas, 95 Years Old
In Germany, Johanna Quaas was born on November 20th, 1925. She quickly found her passion for gymnastics and pursued her dreams of becoming a famous gymnast with undying dedication. She became a renowned coach, a published author, and an internet celebrity after her first competition in 1934. After uploading numerous videos of herself performing impressive gymnastics routines at 86, she found fame on the web. Her videos have racked up more than three million online views now. She doesn’t show signs of a slowdown.
NORMAN LLOYD, 106 YEARS OLD
There is none other than actor Norman Lloyd on our list as another impressive legend. He was definitely around to witness several significant moments in history at the age of 106. He also spent a lot of time with other notable individuals from the industry hanging out. Acting aside, in producing and directing, he has also dipped his toes. He’s been in show business for eighty years and has worked with Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, 86 YEARS OLD
When he landed the lead starring role in the NBC series Dr. Kildare, Richard Chamberlain got his big break. We bet older readers will remember him as James Kildare, a young intern who works at the fictional Blair General Hospital! The drama show’s success provided him with plenty of acting possibilities for both the big screen and the stage. In King Solomon’s Mines, The Bourne Identity, and The Thorn Birds, you will find him. You might have a hard time believing that someone else before Matt Damon played Jason Bourne, but it’s true.
ANN BLYTH, 92 YEARS OLD
In her long, impressive career, the lovely Ann Blyth has done film and theater work. In the crime movie Mildred Pierce, you probably remember her best for Veda Pierce Forrester’s performance. In the film, she portrayed the title character’s daughter, portrayed by the equally iconic Joan Crawford. She has since retired from the industry, however, and spends most of her time at home. When you are as talented as she is, it is no longer surprising to hear that on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she has received a star of her own.
SIDNEY POITIER, 93 YEARS OLD
Sidney Poitier is another great Hollywood actor, and when he became the first African American man to take home an Oscar, he made a name for himself. His work in the 1963 movie Lilies of the Field earned him the award for Best Actor. All the way back in 1974, the Bahamian-American star received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. He has also directed and produced credits under his belt, apart from acting. He may not be in the prime of his life anymore, although we are sure that Poitier is doing just fine!
CARL REINER, 98 YEARS OLD
The fact that Carl Reiner is a talented man is not surprising. He’s an actor, a director, a writer, and a singer. He’s probably best known for working with the likes of Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke. He is probably known for playing Saul in the Ocean’s Eleven film series for younger readers. He publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders for the primaries back in the 2016 Presidential Elections. He died from natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday night in 2020.
DIAHANN CARROLL, 84 YEARS OLD
To many African-American women who want to enter the show business world, Diahann Carroll is definitely a great inspiration. Actually, she was the first non-white woman ever to star in a television show! Yes, we’re talking about her work with Julia, which at the time was considered strange. We’re happy that she completely kicked her ass in the role. She is the recipient of numerous nominations and awards. Since then, she has retired from acting, and all the way back to 2014 is her last acting credit. Due to breast cancer complications, she died in 2019.
NANCY SINATRA, 80 YEARS OLD
If your father is a famous and talented as Frank Sinatra, fate has dictated that you will also become a great performer. For Nancy Sinatra, who exceeded the expectations people had of her, this was certainly true. In the 1960s, she started to record music, and in 2013, she released her last album. In recent years, Nancy has been keeping a low-profile, and people believe she has retired, although this has yet to be confirmed.
SYLVESTER STALLONE, 74 YEARS OLD
Earlier this year, Sylvester Stallone turned 74 years old, although his charm and good looks have not faded. In fact, many rumors have been circulating about how he is soon set to reprise Rambo’s iconic role.
JULIE ANDREWS, 85 YEARS OLD
As lovely as she was when she was still in her prime, the 85-year-old actress is still. Julie Andrews seems to be simply timeless! Very gracefully, she really aged. You probably remember her for her iconic work in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppin’s musical films. You probably know, if you’re a fan, that she’s still acting. Can you believe that Despicable Me 3 is one of her most recent projects? It’s a little difficult to reconcile, although, in fact, she lent her voice to Marlena Gru, the mother of Felonius Gru.
BOB BARKER, 97 YEARS OLD
With his work on game shows, Bob Barker is a well-loved celebrity. Maybe you even remember him for 35 years hosting The Price is Right! Besides this, for the beauty pageants such as Miss Universe and Miss USA, he also had to host gigs. He’s retired, though it’s probably for the best.
DEBBIE HARRY, 75 YEARS OLD
There is an impressive musical resume for the 75-year-old performer, though we should not neglect to mention her modeling and acting work as well. She served as the lead vocalist for the Blondie New Wave band. Are you familiar with songs like Heart of Glass, Rapture, and Call Me? These should, after all, be the band’s biggest hits. In around 60 films, such as Deuces Wild, Hairspray, and Cop Land, Harry has appeared.
SALLY FIELD, 74 YEARS OLD
Can you believe Sally Field has been performing for nearly sixty years now? Since she started acting in the teen flick Gidget when she was only 19 years old, she accomplished this. In projects such as The Flying Nun, Sybil, and The Girl with Something Extra, she later found television work. Sally Field does not let anything get in the way of her acting career, even at the advanced age of 74! She still stars in theater, film, and television projects.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, 104 YEARS OLD
Next, we have another centenarian from Hollywood, Olivia De Havilland. The actress is best known for starring in various Hollywood classics, although she is probably best known for portraying Melanie with the Wind in Gone’s movie adaptation. Apart from this, she and Errol Flynn were also popular for forming a top-rated love team. In many popular films, such as Dodge City, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Captain Blood, they have appeared. Sadly, at her home in the French capital, she died of natural causes.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, 91 YEARS OLD
We talked about Julie Andrews, so how could we fail to mention her co-star in The Sound of Music? In the movie, actor Christopher Plummer played Captain Von Trapp, and he keeps on acting. Just because he is now 91 years old, do not make the mistake of thinking that he is a weak and fragile man! He doesn’t seem to be banking on retiring any time soon. In fact, for his work on the 2017 mystery film All the Money in the World, he was just nominated for an Academy Award.
LONI ANDERSON, 75 YEARS OLD
We can’t fail to mention Loni Anderson! The star is best known for portraying Jennifer Marlowe on Cincinnati’s sitcom WKRP, and she even won multiple nominations in this role. By comparing her to icons like Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, many fans complimented her! She was even cast for Mansfield in a TV movie about her life story. She also appeared on the big screen in projects like The Lonely Guy, Stroker Ace, and All Dogs Go to Heaven. She found love with her current husband, Bob Flick, a member of the folk singing group ‘The Brothers Four.’
ROBERT FULLER, 87 YEARS OLD
After he started starring in Western projects like the TV shows Laramie and Wagon Train, the Hollywood actor Robert Fuller made waves. We were pleased to hear that he decided to change trade in his Los Angeles address to a North Texas one after he retired. Apart from starring in the Western dramas previously mentioned, Fuller is also well known for portraying Dr. Kelly Brackett’s character in the medical drama Emergency!
BERN NADETTE STANIS (THELMA), 67 YEARS OLD
After Bern Nadette Stanis portrayed Thelma Ann Evans on the CBS sitcom Good Times, she launched into stardom back in the 1970s. Back then, the African-American viewers of the show sought to follow in her footsteps! Stanis would only star in TV shows such as The Cosby Show, The Love Boat, and The Parent Hood after the show had ended. Although she sometimes appears in different projects as a guest, she has largely retired from acting as she wants to concentrate on her family.
TIPPI HEDREN, 91 YEARS OLD
We are certain that you remember Tippi Hedren from her stellar performance in The Birds of Alfred Hitchcock. You might also know her for producing some wonderful progenies, apart from her personal acting chops. Her daughter is none other than Melanie Griffith, with Stella Banderas and Dakota Johnson among her grandchildren! We must say, these are some amazing genes. Some time back, Hedren might have retired from acting, although she did make small appearances. She is now paying more attention to launching fundraising campaigns for various charities, and wildlife preservation is her niche.
LEE MAJORS, 81 YEARS OLD
Everyone knew during the ’80s who Lee Majors was. Thanks to his performance in The Six Million Dollar Man and the Fall Guy, this was when his popularity peaked. His fame was boosted by his relationship with Charlie’s Angels actress Farrah Fawcett, aside from his acting skills. They’ve been divorced for quite some time already, although Majors made sure to contact her when she died of cancer. In 2003, the 81-year-old actor managed to undergo a heart bypass surgery and continues to be active in the industry.
PRISCILLA PRESLEY, 75 YEARS OLD
Priscilla Presley was an ordinary teenage girl when she met Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. They married later, had a daughter together, and in 1973, they finally divorced. Priscilla went into acting after they broke up and even launched some companies under her name. Priscilla has brought Elvis Presley Enterprises to new heights, and she has been able to change the inheritance of her daughter to $100 million!
LINDSAY WAGNER, 71 YEARS OLD
Lindsay Wagner is no longer as active as she once was in the entertainment industry, although we doubt that people will ever forget that she was the’ Bionic Woman.’ It was remarkable how she portrayed Jaime Sommers in the sci-fi drama Bionic Woman. By the time the late ’90s rolled in, her career might have slowed down, though she remains passionate about directing and acting. In fact, she now spends a lot of her time at San Bernardino Valley College as a professor. She also penned several books and conducted various workshops and seminars on self-help therapy.
MARK HARMON, 69 YEARS OLD
It’s not surprising to hear how far Mark Harmon could go. His good looks make him feel like the camera’s made! But he’s more than just a pretty face; he excels in sports and academia. He took part in UCLA, playing college-level football. He excelled so much that he even won the National Football Foundation’s All-Round Excellence Award. As Special Agent Jethro Gibbs on Criminal Procedural NCIS and Secret Service Special Agent Simon Donovan on West Wing’s political drama, you probably remember him. He’s still playing the former now!
TINA LOUISE, 86 YEARS OLD
Ask anyone what role they remember Tina Louise for, and we can guarantee you that Ginger Grant from the Gilligan’s Island show will be the answer, without fail. Even when the series finished filming, Louise kept acting, though she mostly landed minor parts in TV and film projects. Isn’t it interesting to learn that she turned down the chance to reprise her role in the aftermath of Gilligan’s Island? Unfortunately, with her and Dawn Wells’s sole exception, most of the show’s cast members have passed away.