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Celebrities Over 80 Who Still Rule Hollywood

Before there were the Kardashians or Margot Robbie or Chris Evans, there was another group of people who ran Hollywood

These living legends performed in iconic films and TV shows and devoted their lives to important causes. Although these stars are over 80, some are still acting and directing and earning major awards for their work. 

Roll call! Here are 19 celebs over 80 who still rule Hollywood!

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson in The Shining
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The actor's career has spanned an impressive 50+ years! He done many different roles, ranging from horror to drama to comedy to romance. In his spare time, he's also a basketball aficionado who's never missed a game in nearly 50 years!

Julie Andrews

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Dame Julie Andrews is a damn good actress. Her career has shaped many people's childhoods, with her roles The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, andThe Princess Diaries. Even now in her 80s, she narrates Lady Whistledown in the Netflix series, Bridgerton.

Brigitte Bardot

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It's a good thing the once-aspiring ballerina changed her career to acting in 1952. Without it, we wouldn't have iconic movies, such as God Created Woman.

We also wouldn't have the Bardot (off-the-shoulder) top, which originated from her famous shoulder-baring look.

Morgan Freeman

Few people have a more recognizable voice than Morgan Freeman. That distinctive deep voice has appeared in several Academy Award-winning movies, such as Million Dollar Baby (he won Best Supporting Actor) and The Shawshank Redemption. He was the perfect actor to play God in Bruce Almighty.

Sophia Loren

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Long before there was Kim Kardashian or Sofia Vergara, Hollywood had a bombshell in the form of Sophia Loren.

The icon, who grew up in extreme poverty, is as beautiful as she is talented. For instance, she became the first actor to win an Academy Award for a performance in a foreign-language film.

Tina Turner

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The wheels of life keep on turning, and yet, Tina Turner somehow still looks better! The singer with the unique voice is still rocking it at 82. In 2021, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen
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Even at 81, Martin Sheen is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. He plays the role of Robert Hanson on Netflix's Grace and Frankie. He's also a political activist who has been outspoken in encouraging Americans to vote.

Michael Caine

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The British film icon has appeared in more than 160 films during his long career.

He has no plans of ending his acting reign, either. “Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to make movies, and I’m not getting rid of my alarm clock!” the actor said in a statement.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench
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After getting her start in theatre in 1957, the actress branched out to various movies and TV shows. Even though she's currently suffering from age-related macular degeneration, she told The Guardian that she has changed her style of learning lines instead of retiring.

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones
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You'd know his deep resonant voice from anywhere! He voiced Darth Vader in Star Wars, beginning in 1977. He also voiced Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King. Even more impressive: he was the only cast member to reprise his role in the 2019 live-action remake.

Chuck Norris

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Although he's 82, you could argue that he looks as though he's still in his 50s or 60s! He first rose to fame in the '70s when he showed off his martial arts skills in action movies. He has also become an internet sensation with the "Chuck Norris facts" meme circulating.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
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The legendary actor puts the western in western films and shows. After 20 of them, the actor is showing no signs of slowing down. He's still acting and directing, with his most recent release being 2021's Cry Macho.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino
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The Hollywood legend has appeared on the big screen for more than six decades, with his first movie taking place in 1969. He's even still acting today — and getting recognized for it. He was nominated for an Oscar in the Martin Scorsese film, The Irishmen.

Maggie Smith

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The actress will forever have a place in our hearts thanks to her iconic roles in the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Minerva McGonagall. Most recently, she reprised her role as Violet Crawley in the upcoming sequel of Downton Abbey 2.

Anthony Hopkins

Few actors have achieved what Anthony Hopkins has. The acclaim for his performances started with Silence of the Lambs and has only gotten stronger with time. His most recent achievement was the Oscar for The Father. The actor has declared that he'll "go on working until I drop."

Robert Radford

Robert Radford
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This high-profile actor has starred in several iconic roles, such as in The Sting, The Great Gatsby, and The Candidate.

The 85-year-old is still acting today, with roles in The Company You Keep, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie
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Lily Tomlin has actually been making her mark on Hollywood for decades. She's done movies, TV, Broadway, music, and comedy.

And she managed to do it all without sacrificing who she truly is: a gay, badass feminist. Her most recent work is on the latest season of Grace and Frankie.

Angela Lansbury

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The actress has been acting since the 1940s. But it was her many years playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote that really put her on the map. Fun fact: she had to put on an American accent for the role! Most recently, she starred in several episodes for Little Women.

Jane Fonda

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While you’ve most recently seen her star as Grace Hanson in Grace and Frankie, she has been acting for six decades. During this time, she even had best-selling workout DVDs released!

In 2021, she earned the Golden Globes Cecil B. deMille Award, a lifetime achievement award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”