It’s no secret that Hollywood and the rest of the film industry favor people they consider to be young and attractive. Many actors pressure into beginning their careers at a very young age, for fear of becoming too old and wash out, considering they’re desirable. Elderly actors, however, offer wisdom, authenticity, and skill that young actors simply do not possess. While many young actors find themselves tossed to the curb after they start developing wrinkles, there will always be a necessity for older actors.
Thankfully, it seems that Hollywood is finally starting to appreciate its older actors these days, especially those who began their careers young and continued to flourish even in their later years. Just because elderly actors are not perceived to be as attractive as younger actors, film and television shouldn’t be all about who looks the prettiest. After all, acting should primarily be about skill and your ability to convince the audience that you’re someone else entirely.
The Life In Film And Television Industries
The film and television industries are often exhausting, especially for actors, who have to spend their time shooting and reshooting scenes under hot lights while wearing lots of thick makeup. It makes sense that acting is primarily dominated by younger actors, who have the energy to deal with such grueling work. Still, there are countless older actors who couldn’t dream of having any other career, and continue to work no matter how old they are.
In today’s video, we’re going to pay homage to the actors who didn’t give up on their careers, even very late in their lives. We’re going to take a look at the 10 oldest actors who are still alive today. Some of them retired from their work long ago, but others are still working on their passion, even when they’re over 100 years old! Make sure you stick around, because we’re also going to take a look at the lasting influence of Betty White, one of the greatest comedic treasures in American film and television.
Earl Cameron made history for becoming the first black man to become a movie star in Britain. He paved the way for other black actors to find fame in a time when discrimination and racism was far more prevalent. He was able to overcome some of the barriers he faced after landing a role in the 1951 film Pool of London. This film also made history because it became the first British film to depict an interracial relationship.
However, Earl Cameron’s race meant that there were still fewer film opportunities available to him. He persevered, however, and soon landed a role in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Today, Earl Cameron is 102 years old, and remains an inspiration for actors all over Britain.
She is the oldest living actress today, and she holds the record for the longest career in television out of anyone in history. Betty White began her career in the late 1930s, where she would accept any available role. It took some time for the world to recognize her talent, and it wasn’t until 1953 that she finally got her big break after landing the starring role in her own television series, Life with Elizabeth. She also produced the show, making her among the first female producers working in Hollywood.
While Life with Elizabeth certainly helped White to get her name out there, it wasn’t until she landed a role on the Mary Tyler Moore Show that she truly became famous. She won two Emmys while on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. She had even bigger successes coming her way, however, and in the 1980s, she starred as Rose Nylund on the legendary sitcom The Golden Girls.
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint is popular for her starring role in the 1954 film On the Waterfront when she co-starred alongside Marlon Brando. She earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film and became even more famous after Alfred Hitchcock chose her to play a role in his film North by Northwest.
Afterward, she began work in television after appearing on the show Campus Hoopla. She continues to work today, appearing in the film Winter’s Tale and voice acting for the popular series The Legend of Korra.
Norman Lloyd is the oldest living actor in the world who still continues to work today. He is 105 years old, and began his acting career in the 1930s, where he worked on stage at Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory, located in New York. While he got his start in theatre, he eventually developed a close bond with legendary director Alfred Hitchcock after starring in one of his films, Saboteur.
In the 1940s and 50s, he was blacklisted from acting, as he was thought to have ties to the Communist party. As fear of Communism finally calmed down a bit, Lloyd was able to revitalize his career.
Norman Lloyd’s passion for acting dwindles in the slightest, and he dabbles in work as both a director and producer. Today, he is famous for his role as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on the show St. Elsewhere.
Carole Cook began her acting career in 1956, when she appeared in musical theatre, television, and even film. She is popular for her roles in films like Home on the Range, Sixteen Candles, and The Incredible Mr. Limpet. She is the protege of legendary comedic actress Lucille Ball and allows on many of Ball’s shows. While Carole Cook, born with the name Mildred, Ball starts calling her Carole, in homage to Ball’s late friend, Carole Lombard.
Carole Cook hasn’t just spent her long career working as an actress, however. She has also worked as an activist for issues of LGBTQ+ rights, as well as an advocate for people with AIDS.
Carole Cook will go down in history for her fantastic acting abilities. Make sure you stick around until the very end, though, because we’re going to reveal which legendary comedian is still alive today! And if you’re enjoying this video so far, please take a moment to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more.
Gloria Henry, born Gloria Eileen McEnry, is probably most famous for her role as Alice Mitchell in the popular television series Dennis the Menace, which aired between 1959 and 1963. After hre big break on the show, she all but disappeared from the film industry for several decades. It wasn’t until 2005 that she made an appearance in the film Her Minor Thing. After that, she played a minor role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. After that, Gloria Henry decided to retire from acting for good. Today, she is 97 years old, and people will always remember her for her iconic role as Alice Mitchell.
Joan Copeland starts her career in theatre, but after she meets with great success, she made a transition to film and television. After playing Juliet in the 1945 play Romeo and Juliet, she starred in many Broadway plays. In the early 1950s, she began making minor appearances on different television shows. Surprisingly, she is also the younger sister of Arthur Miller, a famous playwright known for writing plays such as All My Sons and Death of a Salesman. Joan Copeland starred in a few different soap operas, and while she never landed any major film roles, she is still revered for her impressive acting abilities.
Mike Nussbaum is far from the most famous actors on this list, but he is probably one of the most active actors on this list today, in spite of his age. He is set to appear in the 2020 film Tom of Your Life, which has yet to be released. He has a prolific career in both film and television, but he is even more successful in theatre. In 2019, he even starred in a production of Hamlet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Even though Mike Nussbaum is 97 years old today, his passion for acting is so great that he hasn’t even thought about slowing down!
Larry Storch is well known for his work on Broadway, as well as in television and voice acting. He actually began his career as a standup comedian, but after appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1940s, he found he had a knack for television. After that, he began his own television variety show, and while it only lasted one summer, it was a big success. Storch found even more success as a voice actor for animated shows such as The Pink Panther, The Adventures of Batman, and Scooby-Doo.
Carl Reiner is widely considered to be one of the best comedic actors of all time, and also has had great success as both a writer and director. He began his acting career when he was only 17 years old, when he worked at several different theatre companies. In 1949, he appeared for the first time on television, which sparked a long and prolific television career.
After appearing in Your Show of Shows, he starred in and wrote for various television programs, most notably The Dick Van Dyke Show. Throughout his entire career, he won a total of nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award. In 2018, he also became the oldest person to ever be nominated for an Emmy Award. Tragically, however, he died just a few months ago, on June 29th.
While Hollywood often favors younger actors because they are deemed more attractive by audiences, there is so much skill that older actors can offer the world. Were you more surprised to learn about the actors who have since retired from their work, or about the actors who continue to work despite their age? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to Facts Verse for more!