The following list of performers were big stars during the “Golden Age. This period of show business ran through the 1910’s all the way to the 1960s, and they are all still living and breathing!
Just because they have kept their heads low and they’re not featured as much on the media does not imply that they have passed on. Several of them are still active in the entertainment business.
William Daniels, 95
Sophia Loren, 87
The beautiful Italian Sophia Loren was one of the original “it girls” and she is without a doubt one of the greatest actresses of the Golden Age.After landing her first leading part in “Aida” in 1953, Loren went on to forge a reputation that peaked in 1962 when she took home the Best Actress Oscar for her work in “Two Women.”
She recently returned to the screens in 2013 in an adaptation of the well-known play, The Human Voice. She also starred in the Netflix film, The Life Ahead as Madame Rosa.
Anthony Hopkins, 84
Anthony Hopkins has a lot of successful work under his belt. He is most known for his chilling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, which bagged him an Academy Award.
Everyone is probably curious about his more recent works! Hopkins portrayed Odin in the 2017 film, Thor: Ragnarok. He will be returning to the role in July of 2022. Anthony Hopkins is undoubtably an amazing actor, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Bob Barker, 98
Julie Andrews, 86
It’s difficult to keep track of all the iconic characters that Dame Julie Andrews has played over the years. The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins are two of the most well-known.
More recently, she was the Queen of Genovia in The Princess Diaries, Karathen in Aquaman. She will also be voicing Marlena in the upcoming animation, Minions: The Rise of Gru. She hasn’t shown any indications of slowing or stopping, and to be completely honest, we’re perfectly fine with that.
Mel Brooks, 95
Born Melvin Kaminsky, Mel Brooks has had a remarkable seven-decade career in this industry. He is even listed among those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, or the “EGOT” list.
The famous Mel Brooks, who is now 95 years old, is still the benchmark for comedic performances on stage, screen, and television. Brooks recently voiced Vlad in Hotel Transylvania as Dracula’s father.
Tony Bennett, 95
One of the greats of jazz and popular music, Tony Bennett, fought in the Second World War before launching a career that lasted for more than 50 years.
Many generations have been touched by Tony Bennett’s immediately identifiable beautiful voice. He continues to be active and even co-wrote and co-produced the 2014 album Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga.
Jon Voight, 83
Jerry Lee Lewis, 86
Jerry Lee Lewis, also referred to as “The Killer,” is regarded as a wild man and one of the most important pianists of the twenty-first century. He unfortunately became involved in various scandals when he was younger, which probably hurt his musical career, but he finally recovered and became a popular country performer.
He is now working on a new album and still gives regular performances. Lewis has seven marriages to his credit.
Loretta Lynn, 90
Loretta Lynn is one of country music’s golden girls with the record for the most highly awarded female country singer and songwriter.
She’s still performing today, and CMT even named her Artist of a Lifetime in 2018.
Tommy Lee Jones, 75
Tommy Lee Jones is best known for his roles in Batman Forever, The Fugitive, and Men in Black, with his performance in The Fugitive gaining him some prestigious awards.
As of late, Jones has scored roles as Duke Montana in The Comeback Trail and as Jimmy Cleats in Wander.
Marla Gibbs, 91
Marla Gibbs is best known for her time on the TV show The Jeffersons, which aired from 1975 through 1985.
She’s won a whole host of prestigious awards for her acting chops, and most recently, she’s been in the films Please Stand By and Love Jacked.
John Astin, 92
You’ll recognize John Astin, who is referred to as “usually mustachioed” by IMDB, as Gomez Addams on The Addams Family. He studied math at Johns Hopkins University before realizing his passion for performing.
Most recently, he starred as Uncle Dudley in Justice League Action in 2017.
Richard Chamberlain, 88
Richard Chamberlain became an international icon for his role as “Ralph de Bricassart” in the mini-series The Thorn Birds. He’s since won three Golden Globe awards over the course of his career, one that continues to press onward.
He’s appeared in 2019’s Twin Peaks and Finding Julia. In 2020, he starred in the drama Echoes of the Past alongside Max von Sydow, but the film’s release date had been postponed due to the pandemic.
Tippi Hedren, 92
Tippi Hedren got her start as a model before being discovered by Alfred Hitchcock and being cast in The Birds in 1963.
Since then, she’s appeared in more than 80 movies and TV shows, with her most recent projects being in the TV show Cougar Town in 2013 and the movie The Ghost and the Whale in 2017.
Clu Gulager, 93
Clu Gulager, star of The Virginian, is now in his early 90s and has long since retired from Hollywood. He had a role in 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead however bigger roles weren’t as common for him thereafter.
He was, however, a recurring guest on shows like North and South, Murder, She Wrote, MacGyver, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Kim Novak, 89
Born in 1933, Kim Novak was originally poised to be the next Rita Hayworth for Columbia Pictures. She starred in the 1954 film Pushover but is best known for portraying Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.
Novak is no longer acting but is a photographer, poet, and visual artist.
George Hamilton, 82
George Hamilton has acted in 120 movies during his career, most notably Love Possessed and Love at First Bite.
More recently, in 2019, he played Jack in the TV show Grace and Frankie and Spencer Blitz in American Housewife.
Eva Marie Saint, 97
Eva Marie Saint is best known for her role in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Saint took more than a decade off from acting but eventually returned in 1986 to play Tom Hanks’ character’s mother in Nothing in Common. More recently, she voiced the elderly Katara in Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra.
Angela Lansbury, 96
British-American actress Dame Angela Lansbury’s first film roles included Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Her acting career has spanned nearly 80s years, and she has won an honorary Oscar and five Tony Awards.
She is currently playing Mrs. Garrington in The Adventures of Buddy Thunder.
Chubby Checker, 80
Apart from having the best name ever, Chubby Checker is best known for popularizing the “twist” dance style as a rock ‘n roll singer and dancer.
He’s released singles here and there throughout the 2000s, and in 2015 he produced “Rock and Roll to the Rescue”, a show designed to help rescue animals.
Bob Newhart is a stand-up comedian known for his deadpan delivery, but he’s also done his fair share of acting. He starred as Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show and has since been in Elf, Catch-22, voiced in The Rescuers, and made six guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory.
More recently he’s been in the TV shows Young Sheldon, and Filthy Rich.
Paul Michael Glaser, 79
Paul Michael Glaser is most recognizable for his role in the TV series Starsky and Hutch and the iconic film Fiddler on the Roof in 1971.
In 2019 he played Leo in the TV show Grace and Frankie, and his most recent film endeavor was voicing Kjeld Playwell in Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.
Larry Storch, 99
Larry Storch got his start in show business when he worked as a stand-up comic for $12 per week instead of graduating high school due to hard times during the Great Depression.
Clearly that ended up working out for him, as he went on to portray Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop, as well as countless other TV shows and movies. Nowadays Storch is semi-retired, but he still travels around the country to greet fans, and maintains a large social media presence.