30 Celebrities Who Look Amazing at 65 (and Older)
Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars are also among its oldest, yet they’re showing few signs of slowing down. Several of them are even busier than their younger counterparts.
And while these 30 celebrities are all old enough to collect Social Security, they certainly don’t look it. In fact, many look decades younger. Perhaps it’s true that doing what you love helps keep you young.
Date of Birth: Dec. 28, 1954
Denzel Washington discovered acting in college. His first paid role was a summer stock production of “Wings of the Morning” in St. Mary’s City, Maryland.
His career has spanned both film and television, including six years on the TV series “St. Elsewhere.” But it’s his film career that really accelerated after his “Glory” performance earned him an Oscar in 1989.
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In recent years, Washington has also directed both film and television, and is currently filming his latest, “Journal for Jordan,” as a director.
Of course, he also continues to act. His two most recent projects, “The Little Things” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” are scheduled to release in 2021.
Date of Birth: Oct. 9, 1954
Scott Bakula debuted on Broadway in 1976 as Joe DiMaggio in “Marilyn: An American Farce.” As part of the traveling cast of “Nightclub Confidential,” he moved to Los Angeles where he found a steady stream of television acting roles before gaining fame with his starring role in the series “Quantum Leap” (1989 to 1993).
He is also known for his role as Captain Jonathan Archer on “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
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Most recently, he has played Dwayne Pride in the long-running television series “NCIS: New Orleans,” which ended in February 2021.
Rumors have been swirling that he may reprise his role as Captain Archer or even as Sam in a “Quantum Leap” reboot.
Date of Birth: May 16, 1953
Pierce Brosnan’s career began on the London stage. He had a number of small television and film roles before starring in the 1981 television miniseries “Manions of America.”
His breakout role was the title character in the television show “Remington Steele” (1982 to 1987). Then, he went on to play James Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002.
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More recently, Brosnan played Eli McCullough in the television series “The Son.” He will appear in four movies expected to release in 2021, including “The Misfits” and “The King’s Daughter.”
He also has four other films and a television movie in the pre-production phase. Busy indeed!
Date of Birth: Sep. 2, 1951
Mark Harmon got his start as an actor in the 1973 “Ozzie’s Girls.” He worked on a number of 1970s television shows such as “Adam-12,” “Police Woman” and “Emergency!” In the late 1970s, he had film roles in “Comes a Horseman” and “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.”
He also spent three seasons as Dr. Robert Caldwell on “St. Elsewhere” and four years on “Chicago Hope,” along with a handful of other films.
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A recurring role on “The West Wing” in 2002 led to his current role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS,” which first aired in 2003.
He has also produced the show since 2011.
Date of Birth: July 24, 1951
The 1972 Miss World USA, Lynda Carter first appeared in the 1974 television show, “Nakia,” but is best known as the star of the 1970s television series “Wonder Woman.”
She has worked steadily since, mostly in television series and the occasional film.
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More recently, she has returned to the DC universe, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman (the character) and appearing on the television show, “Supergirl,” as well as a post-credit cameo appearance in 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984.”
She can be seen next in the upcoming film, “The Cleaner.”
Date of Birth: Dec. 15, 1949
Don Johnson’s career began on stage, first in the lead role of Tony in his high school’s production of “West Side Story,” then professionally as the lead in the 1969 production of “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” in Los Angeles.
Throughout the 1970s, he continued to work on stage, film and television before being cast in 1984 as Sonny Crockett in “Miami Vice,” the role that would catapult him to fame.
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Johnson has worked steadily since, in television and film.
He currently appears in the TV series “Kenan” and has three movies in post-production.
Date of Birth: Aug. 31, 1949
Richard Gere first appeared on stage at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, but his first major role was in the original case of “Grease” in London in 1973. He began working in films in the mid-1970s, most notably the 1977 “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.”
The 1980 “American Gigolo” got him more attention, and his value as a romantic leading man role became secure with the 1982 “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
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Most recently, he appeared in the 2019 TV mini-series “MotherFatherSon.”
He spends his free time doing humanitarian work and enjoying time with his family, including two young sons.
Date of Birth: June 22, 1949
Meryl Streep started her career on stage in the 1975 “Trelawny of the Wells.” She first appeared on the big screen in the 1977 “Julia” and earned her first Oscar nomination for “The Deer Hunter” in 1978.
She is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood with 93 (mostly film) acting credits (plus numerous stage roles) and is known for portraying icons such as Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher.
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Most recently, she appeared in the television series, “Heads Will Roll,” and the films, “The Prom” and “Let Them All Talk.” Her latest film, “Don’t Look Up” is currently in post-production.
She’s also one of the most decorated actresses in history, having been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards (winning three) and a record 32 Golden Globes (winning nine).
Date of Birth: April 20, 1949
Lange was a fashion model when she was discovered and cast as Dwan in the 1976 remake of “King Kong,” followed by a role written for her in the 1979 “All That Jazz” and the 1981 “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”
She continued to act in films, theater and television, and over the course of her career, she’s won two Oscars, three Primetime Emmys and a Tony.
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Most recently, Lange has been seen in the television series “American Horror Story,” from 2011 to 2018.
She also starred in “The Politician” in 2019.
Date of Birth: March 19, 1947
Glenn Close began her career on stage in 1974’s “Love and Money.” She first appeared in film in the 1982 “The World According to Garp,” followed by “The Big Chill” in 1983 and “The Natural” in 1984.
She continued to work on stage as well as the big and small screens, collecting Tony and Emmy Awards along the way.
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In recent years, she performed on stage in “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway in 2017 and off Broadway in “Mother of the Maid” in 2018.
In 2020, she starred in Netflix’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” and “Four Good Days.” She also has two films in the works: “Swan Song” and “Sunset Boulevard.”
Date of Birth: Oct. 30, 1945
Henry Winkler spent a decade working in television and film before he landed his best known role: Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the television series “Happy Days” (1975 to 1984).
He also wrote for the TV series, “Hank Zipzer,” based on the children’s book character he created.
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More recently, he appeared in the television series “Arrested Development” and “Barry” in 2019, and “Medical Police” and “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” in 2020.
Next up for Winkler is the film, “The French Dispatch,” with the television series, “Monsters at Work,” and the film, “Shoot the Rooster,” in post-production.
Date of Birth: Oct. 26, 1945
Best known for her role in “Charlie’s Angels,” Smith started in television commercials before spending the next 20 years starring in television movies and mini-series.
She also had cameo roles in the 2003 film “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and the 2019 film “Charlie’s Angels.”
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More recently, she guest-starred on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as Olivia Hodges and starred in the TV movie, “Random Acts of Christmas.”
Today, her focus is on her family and her fashion and skincare product lines.
Date of Birth: July 26, 1945
Mirren began her career as a stage actress and has won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy. She has portrayed both Queen Elizabeth I and II and been appointed a Dame for services to drama.
After her role in the film, “The Long Good Friday,” in 1980, she appeared in a number of films but also continued to take stage roles, winning the Tony in 2015.
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In recent years, she has appeared in only one or two films per year (plus TV and voice roles), including the 2020 film, “The Duke.”
She will appear in “F9” in 2021 and is currently filming “White Bird.” She’s also working on the television series, “Solos,” which is in pre-production.
Date of Birth: Jan. 29, 1945
Best known for playing the title character in the television series “Magnum P.I.,” Selleck’s first television appearance was on “The Dating Game.” He appeared in a number of television movies and series as well as the occasional film before 1987 “Three Men and a Baby” and its sequels.
After his eight years as Magnum, he had a number of recurring roles in television series such as “Friends” and appeared in numerous (mostly television) movies.
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He currently stars in the television series “Blue Bloods,” which began in 2010.
It was announced that he will also appear in the next installment of the Jesse Stone franchise.
Date of Birth: July 13, 1942
While he had already spent more than a decade working in films and TV, Ford’s breakout role was Hans Solo in the 1977 “Star Wars” and its sequels.
This role and his role as Indiana Jones kept his face on the big screen for much of the next decade. He continued his film career in action films as well as several romantic comedies.
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In the past decade, Ford reprised his role as Hans Solo in two new Star Wars movies as well as reprised his role as Rick Deckard in 2017’s “Blade Runner 2049. He also starred in “The Call of the Wild.”
Future roles include a starring role in the television series, “The Staircase,” and a recently announced new Indiana Jones project.
Date of Birth: April 28, 1941
Known by her first name only, Ann-Margret started as a singer. (She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1961.)
Her film debut was in “Pocketful of Miracles,” but it was her third role in the 1963 “Bye Bye Birdie” that made her a star. She appeared in a number of films and the occasional television series, including an animated version of herself in “The Flintstones.”
Ann-Margret has worked steadily over the years and most recently appeared in the television series, “Happy!” and “The Kominsky Method.”
Her next project is the yet-to-be-released film, “At Last.”
Date of Birth: Nov. 26, 1939
Tina Turner’s career began as part of Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957, then established herself as a solo artist in the 1980s.
Her film debut was in the 1975 “Tommy.” She also appeared in the movies, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in 1985 and “Last Action Hero” in 1993.
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Turner retired in 2009 at the end of her “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour,” but in 2016, she announced a musical based on her life story, “Tina.”
Her third book, “Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good,” was released in 2020. She is expected to appear in the documentary, “Tina,” in 2021.
Date of Birth: Dec. 9, 1934
Dench made her acting debut in 1957 on stage as a Shakespearean actress. Moving to film, she won a BAFTA Award as the Most Promising Newcomer in 1965.
Her television roles include “A Fine Romance” (1981 to 1984) and “As Time Goes By” (1992 to 2005). She is also known for her roles as M in the James Bond films from 1995 to 2015.
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Most recently she has appeared in the 2020 films, “Artemis Fowl,” “Blithe Spirit” and “Six Minutes to Midnight.”
Future projects include “Off the Rails” and “Belfast” — both of which are scheduled for release in 2021.
Date of Birth: Aug. 25, 1933
Tom Skerritt’s first film appearance was in “War Hunt” in 1962, and he has acted in more than 40 films and more than 200 television episodes since then.
Early television gigs included “The Virginian” and “Gunsmoke.” He was in the 1970 film, “MASH,” and the 1979 “Alien.” In the 1980s, he appeared in the films, “Top Gun” and “Steel Magnolias,” as well as the TV show, “Cheers.”
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Most recently, he appeared in the 2017 films, “Lucky” and “Day of Days.”
He will next be seen starring in the upcoming film, “East of the Mountains.”
Date of Birth: Dec. 28, 1932
Nichelle Nichols’ acting debut was in the 1961 musical “Kicks and Co.” While the play was short lived, she got the attention of Hugh Hefner who hired her at the Chicago Playboy Club.
She spent the next few years acting, singing and modeling. In 1966, she was cast as Lt. Uhura in “Star Trek.” She moved on to other television series when the show was canceled in 1969 but reprised her role for the Star Trek movies.
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Nichols retired from convention appearances but has a farewell event planned for June 2021.
She is also scheduled to appear in the film “Star Trek Renegades Ominara,” which is in pre-production.
Date of Birth: Dec. 7, 1932
Ellen Burstyn made her acting debut on Broadway in 1957 before moving to television and film. She became a star with her appearance in “The Last Picture Show” in 1971, which earned her an Oscar nomination, as did her next role in the 1973 “The Exorcist.”
She finally won the coveted award with her third film, the 1974 “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
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Burstyn appeared in the film “Pieces of a Woman” in 2020 and has a number of films in her future, including “At Last” and “Bathing Flo” (the latter of which is in pre-production).
Date of Birth: Dec. 11, 1931
Rita Moreno started her movie career at age 11, dubbing Spanish-language versions of American films, and made her Broadway debut at age 13 in “Skydrfit.” She has performed in television, film and theater and has earned an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy.
She is best known for her 1961 role as Anita in “West Side Story.” She has worked steadily her entire career, mostly in television.
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Most recently, Moreno has had recurring roles in a number of television series, including the reboot of “One Day at a Time,” “Bless this Mess” and “Jane the Virgin.”
Date of Birth: Aug. 23, 1931
Barbara Eden starred in a number of feature films before landing the role in the 1965 television show, “I Dream of Jeannie,” that catapulted her to fame. Also a singer, she released an album in 1967 and performed on several variety shows.
She also starred in a number of prominent touring musicals, from the 1965 “The Sound of Music” to the 2009 “Wild Pacific.”
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Eden’s most recent role was Mrs. Claus in the 2019 “My Adventures with Santa.”
She also ventured into social media, and to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the premiere of “I Dream of Jeannie,” she recorded the pilot from Jennie’s perspective on her Facebook page.
Date of Birth: June 20, 1931
While Olympia Dukakis had a long career on stage that led to her 1961 Broadway debut (as an understudy) in “The Aspern Papers,” she didn’t achieve fame as a film actress until she was 56 in the 1987 film “Moonstruck.”
This Oscar-winning role led to a number of other motherly film roles for the actress as well as roles in television series and movies.
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In 2013, Dukakis was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recent projects include a 2019 documentary and the Netflix series, “Tales of the City.”
She also will appear in the 2021 film, “Not to Forget.”
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Date of Birth: Jan. 17, 1931
James Earl Jones discovered acting in college and made his Broadway debut in “Sunrise at Campobello.” His first film was “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
He went on to work in television and film, with his face unseen in one of his best known roles as Darth Vader. He has earned two Emmys, two Tonys and an honorary Academy Award (2011) out of his 185 acting credits to date.
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In addition to acting and voice roles in recent films, he has appeared in a number of commercials.
Jones’ most recent project is the 2021 “Coming 2 America.”
Date of Birth: May 31, 1930
Clint Eastwood’s first roles were uncredited B-list films such as “Tarantula.” Originally cast in a supporting role in “Rawhide” in 1958, he became the star of the series. He acted in westerns, such as 1966’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” as well as war movies.
His directorial debut was the 1971 “Play Misty for Me.” Not just a tough-guy, he has also starred in comedy, with “Every Which Way but Loose” being one of his biggest hits.
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Most recently, he starred in “The Mule” in 2018 and directed “Richard Jewell” in 2019.
His most recent project, “Cry Macho,” concluded filming in December 2020.
Date of Birth: Feb. 10, 1930
Robert Wagner was “discovered” by a talent scout at a restaurant in Beverly Hills. While his first role was an uncredited one in “The Happy Years” in 1950, he worked steadily throughout the 1950s and ’60s, but hit a dry spell after the 1963 “The Pink Panther.”
He then transitioned to television, with his greatest success being the detective series, “Hart to Hart” (1979 to 1984).
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More recently, he has played occasional roles on television as well as recurring roles on “Two and a Half Men” from 2007 to 2008 and “NCIS” from 2010 to 2019.
Date of Birth: Jan. 19, 1930
Best known for her first acting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “The Birds,” Hedren went on to appear in more than 80 movies and television shows.
She also received the Jules Verne Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Her most recent role was the voice of George Angell in the 2018 “Something Horrible.”
Today, she remains active in nonprofit work, such as the Roar Foundation (which she founded in 1983) that supports the Shambala Preserve, a haven for lions and tigers. She has also set up humanitarian refile programs following natural disasters or war.
Date of Birth: Feb. 20, 1927
Portier debuted in a small role in Broadway’s “Lysistrata.” Four years later, he was offered two leading roles and chose to star in the 1950 film, “No Way Out.”
He earned his first Oscar nomination for his leading role in the 1958 “The Defiant Ones” and took home the statue in 1963 for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.”
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In recent years, he served as the ambassador to Japan for the Bahamas (1997 to 2007), received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Honor in 2009, wrote books about his life and even penned a suspense novel, “Montaro Caine,” in 2013.
Date of Birth: Jan. 17, 1922
A working actress for almost 20 years before landing the role of Sue Ann Nivens on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1970, she told the White House that her first job was a guest shot on a talk show.
In 1953, she was the first woman to produce a sitcom, “Life with Elizabeth,” which she also starred in.
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Her most recent work has been in voice-overs, such as providing the voice of Bitey White in “Toy Story 4.”
She also stars in commercials, particularly for animal rights organizations and has been celebrated in countless memes.