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  • 14-05-2019 10:20am
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    With the passing of Doris Day, and as a spin off from her thread, who are the veterans, i.e. 90+, stars of yesteryear still alive?

    Obviously Olivia De Havilland at over 100 is the queen of them all, Her career predates WWII and she is presumably the last named star of GWTW still living. Kirk Douglas of course is also the ton plus. Others well over the 90 include the great Angela Lansbury, whose film career began at the tail end of WWII and is still performing on stage I think, and Dick Van Dyke, still making film appearances, e.g. the Mary Poppins remake. The legendary Ennio Morricone, a mere lad at 91, is still conducting concerts. Honor Blackman, of Avengers fame, is still around, as is Hal Holbrook. Incredibly, forces sweetheart from WWII, Dame Vera Lynn, at 102 still lives. Lesser known stars may include Virginia Patton, who played James Stewart's sister-in-law Ann Dakin in It's A Wonderful Life. She retired from screen acting soon after that film.

    Any others to add to the list?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart


    Thanks !
    First one I thought was Dame Vera Lynn of course.

    Sidney Poitier - born 1927 - Oscar Winner - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    Gina Lollobrigida - born 1927
    June Brown - Dot Cotton ! - born 1927
    Harry Belafonte - born 1927

    Sir David Attemborough - born 1926
    Mel Brooks - also 1926
    Tony Bennett, also 1926

    Hal Holbrook - born 1925 - lots of TV roles

    Eva Marie Saint - born 1924 - On the Waterfront

    Betty White - born 1922 - The Proposal
    Carl Reiner - born 1922 - Ocean's Eleven


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭ Snickers Man


    Those of us who remember RTE's black and white days have fond memories of The Adventures of Robin Hood, in which two Irish actresses Bernadette O'Farrell and Patricia Driscoll played the part of Maid Marian.

    Ms Driscoll, born in 1927, is still with us. Although IMDB and Wikipedia disagree over whether she was born in Cork or London. Bernadette O'Farrell, now long gone from us, was definitely Irish. Her accent is clearly discernible on the old episodes, still available on YouTube.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Max Von Sydow is just gone the 90, while Christopher Plummer and Vera Miles will join that club later this year. English comic actor Leslie Phillips is well in to the 90s.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,877 ✭✭✭ Conall Cernach


    Kirk Douglas is still with us but he is no longer acting.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Would add Henry Silva (b. 1928) to this list. Ethnic roles in The Bravados, Manchurian Candidate (1962) among others.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,207 ✭✭✭ p to the e


    Some people coming close to the 90 mark:
    Sean Connery is 88
    Clint Eastwood is 89
    Robert Duvall is 88
    Gene Hackman is 89

    Cloris Leachman is 93 and still regularly acting


  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ El Duda


    Donald Sutherland


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    p to the e wrote: »
    Some people coming close to the 90 mark:
    Sean Connery is 88
    Clint Eastwood is 89
    Robert Duvall is 88
    Gene Hackman is 89

    It's the end of proper "macho actors" just waiting to happen!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    El Duda wrote: »
    Donald Sutherland

    Donald has a bit to go yet to exceed the 90.

    Speaking of Harry Palmr above, writer Len Deighton who created that character (sort of) is the 90. Also, film director James Ivory, 91.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 78,229 ✭✭✭✭ Victor


    MfMan wrote: »
    Kirk Douglas of course is also the ton plus.
    It's his birthday today, he's 103.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,785 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Victor wrote: »
    It's his birthday today, he's 103.

    Holy hell. I hope at least it's a functional & coherent 103, cos otherwise it can't be much of a life.

    I had to laugh as I was shocked to learn the other day, Robert Redford is married to a woman 31 years his junior since 2009! 31!! ...

    ... She's 62 :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    pixelburp wrote: »
    Holy hell. I hope at least it's a functional & coherent 103, cos otherwise it can't be much of a life.

    I had to laugh as I was shocked to learn the other day, Robert Redford is married to a woman 31 years his junior since 2009! 31!! ...

    ... She's 62 :D

    I think you need to recheck your maths. redford is not 93


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,785 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    I think you need to recheck your maths. redford is not 93

    Indeed, wonky math aside it still made me chuckle. Though knowing Redford he probably will be working in his 90s.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Bump.

    Gene Hackman joins the nonagenarian club today. His 'Bonnie and Clyde' co-star Estelle Parsons also 90+
    Mention for Jane Powell, Howard Keel's beau in 'Seven Brides...'
    Sometime actor Nicholas Parsons has checked out.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,785 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Gene Hackman had one of those faces that "looked" old from a very young age, always having a mature appearance as long as I remember him in movies. Fair play for hitting 90 and like all the rest, hope it's a lucid 90s.

    Was chatting to a friend who told me a patient of hers, 93 years old, went swimming 3 times a week; it definitely makes you contemplate your own approach to life when a nonagenarian is showing you up! :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,943 ✭✭✭✭ the purple tin


    Mel Brooks is 94 and still working away.


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    Robert Wagner, known for Hart to Hart, NCIS and much more in a career stretching back 70 years, was 90 yesterday. He was working as of last year and still looks great.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,588 ✭✭✭✭ DrumSteve


    pixelburp wrote: »
    Gene Hackman had one of those faces that "looked" old from a very young age, always having a mature appearance as long as I remember him in movies. Fair play for hitting 90 and like all the rest, hope it's a lucid 90s.

    Was chatting to a friend who told me a patient of hers, 93 years old, went swimming 3 times a week; it definitely makes you contemplate your own approach to life when a nonagenarian is showing you up! :D

    Weird to think of Hackman as a 90 year old... he just always seemed to be in his mid-fifties. Must stick on Unforgiven now that I think of it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Robert Wagner, known for Hart to Hart, NCIS and much more in a career stretching back 70 years, was 90 yesterday. He was working as of last year and still looks great.


    Anyone remember him in Switch?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfAcyWixbYY


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Add Joss Ackland to this list, who will soon be 92. (Or, given that his birthday falls on Saturday week, should that be divided by 4?)


  • Registered Users Posts: 56,373 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    Betty White still acting at 98.

    Cicely Tyson still acting at 95.

    Cloris Leachman still acting at 95.

    Dick Van Dyke still acting at 94.

    Angela Lansbury still acting at 94.

    Christopher Plummer still acting at 90.

    Ed Asner still acting at 90.


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    Sidney Poitier celebrated his 93rd birthday yesterday.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 333 ✭✭ Martin Tyler AgueroooOO


    Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint are both 95


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Joanne Woodward, (Mrs. Paul Newman), joins this list today. Joan Plowright, (Mrs. Laurence Olivier), also belongs here, as does Hardy Kruger, The Flight Of The Phoenix, who is 90+ too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    Joss Ackland was 92 on February 29

    diplomatic-immunity.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Songwriter, lyricist Stephen Sondheim joins up here from yesterday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Lee Fierro RIP, Mrs. Kintner, from Jaws, shudda been here.

    Veteran filmmaker Roger Corman is 94 while Earl Holliman, (Giant, Forbidden Planet, Gunfight at OK Corral etc.) is 92 and counting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Vera Miles, luminous star of The Searchers, '...Liberty Valance' etc. (yes, was watching last night) belongs on this list.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Bob Newhart also.


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