You must have heard people utter these words frequently. “Form is temporary whereas Class is permanent.” This statement is perfect as far as sports persons are concerned. The same applies to the film actors as well.
Films are one of the best sources of entertainment. They are great money-spinning adventures as well. The film industry has a very old history. You can trace the history of the films to the 1890’s because the motion camera was invented during that period. Until 1927, you did not have sound in films. Subsequently, you have seen tremendous improvements in this field. The present day film industry does not need any kind of introduction at all.
Over the years, every film industry has seen its share of great actors. It could be impossible to compare the actors of yesteryear with those today. You have better lighting, sound equipment, cameras, etc. The list could be endless. However, we are furnishing a list of the top 10 older stars that are not only alive but active today as well.
What is considered old in the industry? There is no such clear cut definition of the word ‘old’ in the film industry. However, we shall consider 60 years of age as the cut off limit. This list has people who have crossed this age barrier and are still popular today. This can leave out many people such as Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Mohanlal, and many other fantastic actors.
Here is the list of the Top 10 hottest and most famous older actors in 2017-2018
10. Ben Kingsley: 74 years
Born as Krishna Pandit Bhanji on 31 December 1943, Sir Ben Kingsley is a British actor of repute. One of his most glorious roles has been the portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the Academy Award winning film, Gandhi by Sir Richard Attenborough. Having won various awards such as the Academy Award, Grammy awards, BAFTA Awards, Ben Kingsley has acted in various notable films like Schindler’s List, Prince of Persia, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island, etc. This versatile actor was awarded the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 for his contribution to cinema. He is a fitting actor to begin this list at No. 10
9. Anthony Hopkins: 80 years
Considered as one of the greatest living actors of all time, Philip Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor famous for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Many people still consider it as the most villainous role until date. Naturally, he won the Academy Award for this role. He has done notable roles in films such as The Mask of Zorro, The Dresser, and others. The list of awards won by Hopkins can run into several pages. In addition to films, he is a great theater artiste as well. Having received the knighthood in 1993, he was awarded the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. We have such a famous actor at No. 9 in this list.
8. Al Pacino: 77 years
One of the greatest actors ever to make a mark in Hollywood, Alfred James Pacino, popularly known as Al Pacino is No. 8 in this list of the Most Famous Older actors. His claim to fame should undoubtedly be the portrayal of Michael Corleone in the Godfather Series. The fact that some of the greatest actors of the generation such as Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty had auditioned for the role makes Al Pacino’s achievement that much greater. He may have been an unknown figure at that time but the talent was very much visible. He won the Academy Award for the Best Supporting role in the film though his role was longer than that of the ultimate winner of the Best Actor award, Marlon Brando. Known for doing films such as Scarface, The Merchant of Venice, Serpico, Scent of a Woman, etc., Al Pacino is an all-time great.
7. Jack Nicholson: 80 years
The No. 7 spot on this list goes to Jack Nicholson, one of the best actors of all time. Known for portraying psychopathic roles with great elan, John Joseph Nicholson also known as Jack Nicholson has won 12 Academy Award nominations, the most nominated male actor in the history of Hollywood. He has won two Oscars as well for his defining role in ‘One Flew over the Cuckoos’s Nest’ and ‘As Good as it gets’. He shares a unique record along with another contemporary great, Michael Caine. They are the only two actors to win at least an Academy Award nomination in every decade from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. One of the youngest actors ever to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, Jack Nicholson has also starred in notable films such as ‘Batman’, The Departed’, etc.
6. Robert De Niro: 73 years
An evergreen actor, Robert De Niro is our No. 6 in this list. Cast as the young Vito Corleone in Godfather II, he went on to win the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor in 1974. An actor with dual citizenship of Italy and the USA, Robert De Niro has won the Academy award for the Best Actor as well for the film, Raging Bull in which he portrayed the role of Jake La Motta. A recipient of the President Medal of Freedom from the US President Barack Obama in 2016, he has essayed terrific roles in films like The Untouchables, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, etc. Known for getting into the skin of the characters he plays, Robert de Niro is one of the best actors in the film industry.
5. Kamal Haasan: 63 years
He may be the youngest of all the Top 10 famous older actors in the world. However, he is a towering personality as far as acting histrionics is concerned. Starting his innings as a child artiste, he has been in the film industry since 1959, i.e. for 58 of his 63 years. He is a versatile actor capable of performing any role with consummate ease. The list of his successful films can run into lots of pages. One of the few Indian actors who has had equal amount of success in multiple language films such as Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. An excellent dancer and playback singer as well, he is a power-packed dynamite. He has won three National Awards and a record 19 Filmfare awards (the India equivalent of the Academy Awards) over his career spanning 58 years. He has the capacity to woo audiences even at this stage in his career. Some of his notable films include Apoorva Raagangal, Nayagan, Indian, Dasavatharam, and Hey Ram. This versatile Indian film actor stands tall at No. 5 in this list of the Top 10 famous older actors.
4. Harrison Ford: 75 years
Who has not seen the Indiana Jones series? You can count them on the fingers of one hand. Hence, the actor at No. 4 on this list, Harrison Ford does not need any introduction at all. Harrison Ford has had an excellent career spanning over 6 decades. Having acted in a number of Hollywood epics such as Apocalypse Now, Air Force One, The Fugitive, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many more, Harrison Ford was at one point in time ranked No. 1 in the Empire’s ‘The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time’. He is the only Hollywood actor in this Top 10, not to have won an Academy Award, though he had a nomination for The Witness. It can sound a bit ironic but that is how cinema works sometimes.
3. Michael Caine: 84 years
The oldest actor in this Top 10 list, Michael Caine is one of the most powerful as well. A British film icon, Michael Caine has won several Academy Award nominations for films like ‘The Italian Job’, ‘Hannah and her Sisters’. The second named film won him the award for being the best supporting actor. He has appeared in many of Christopher Nolan’s films such as The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar, Inception, The Prestige, etc. Along with Jack Nicholson he holds the record of having won at least one Academy Award nomination every decade since the 1960’s. The Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his achievements to cinema in the year 2000. For all his achievements, Michael Caine is the No. 3 on this list.
2. Amitabh Bachchan: 75 years
The angry young man of the 1970’s, Amitabh Bachchan inspired an entire generation in India to watch Hindi films. He had a modest beginning to his career with a number of flop films. However, the early 1970’s changed the scene for him. His first major hit was Zanjeer where he played his first role as the angry young police officer. Success followed him wherever he went after that. Some of his best films during that period include Deewar, Sholay, Trishul, and Amar Akbar Anthony. Son of the great poet, Harivanshrai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan is the role model for millions of Indians. He hosted the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Kaun Banega Crorepati) on Indian television.
This program achieved the maximum TRP ratings ever. He is still active on the Indian film industry at the age of 75 years. Some of his notable films in his second innings include Black, Sarkar, etc. He has acted in a Hollywood movie, The Great Gatsby. Known for his baritone voice, he has done a lot of voice overs and commentaries for various films. He has the credit of having the maximum number of nominations for the Filmfare Awards, 41 in number. He has won 15 Filmfare awards and 3 National Awards as well. The list of his achievements can go on forever. But for the limited reach of the Indian film industry, he would have topped this list easily. However, he has to settle for the No. 2 spot at present.
1. Morgan Freeman: 80 years
You can call Morgan Freeman the Amitabh Bachchan of Hollywood. In a career spanning 53 years, Morgan Freeman has acted in a variety of roles with nonchalant ease. Some of his best films include ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, etc. The list could be a long one because every film done by Morgan Freeman is a memorable one. Possessing an excellent voice, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the great South African leader, Nelson Mandela. Some of his other famous films include the Batman Trilogy, Now You See Me, Bruce Almighty (where he played GOD), etc. One of the most erudite and knowledgeable actors in Hollywood, Morgan Freeman is the No. 1 in this list of famous older actors.
We have just seen the Top Ten list of the famous older actors. Now, you cannot please everyone in the world. We have left out the actors who are no longer alive such as Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Sivaji Ganesan, Sanjeev Kumar, etc. Each one of these actors has the capability to hold their heads high in this list. However, as far as entertainment levels are concerned, this top 10 should take some beating.