10 Veterans in the Film Industry
Who are the older Hollywood stars that are still in theaters? You may be surprised to see that some actors seem to have no expiration date, even if many of them reaching the age of 50 or 60 means fewer parts in movies, less interesting and complex characters to play and, slowly, the disappearance from attention public.
There are, however, a number of celebrities who fight any age-related bias. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins are just a few of the veterans in the film industry that we have included in the top, but we are also curious to know your suggestions.
1. Betty White
Betty White (92 years old) is the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live (2010), but the show managed to reach a record audience with her help. She is playing in a fresh series, Hot in Cleveland, and 2012 we heard her voice in the animated film The Lorax. At 92, Betty is unstoppable, “age is just a number and people need to get over it”, says the actress.
2. Judi Dench
Judi Dench (79 years old) won an Oscar in 1999 for her role in Shakespeare in Love and in 2012 we saw her in Bond 23. Regarding the fact that she is still very active and 79, she says “I feel incredibly lucky to work when there are so many actors and actresses who do not work. That’s why sometimes I feel desperate I will not be cast in a movie”.
3. Maggie Smith
Celebrating a decade spent in the role of Professor Minerva McGonagall and a new series of Downton Abbey. This is how 2011 looked like for Maggie Smith (79 years old). “When you get to the stage of grandmother, you’re lucky if you get something (a role)”, says the actress. Maggie Smith also boasts two Oscar awards, both in the 70s.
4. Shirley MacLaine
At 79 years old, she is not afraid to speak about the relationship she had in her youth, intimate and honest and humorous. On Oprah, Shirley said “a person who knows how to laugh about herself will never cease to be funny”. The actress won an Oscar in 1984 for her starring role in Terms of Endearment and has three projects for the near future: Wild Oats, The Locals and Jim Button.
5. Robert Redford
Actor, director and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford (77 years old) received an Oscar in 1981 for the film Ordinary People. Redford recognizes that like other actors he is not accustomed to look at his own movies, explaining that “it is not good to revisit your past, it is dangerous. One should look forward”.
6. Anthony Hopkins
In 1992, for the role of Hannibal Lecter, played in The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins won (76 years old) an Oscar perhaps because, as the actor explained, “I play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand people crazy”. In 2015, the actor is expected on the big screen in a film directed by Andy Garcia entitled Hemingway & Fuentes.
7. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman (76 years old) won in 2005 an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film Million Dollar Baby and was also part of The Dark Knight Rises. In 2013, we saw him play along with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in Now You See Me.
8. Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman (76 years old) does not stand on one place in one place: We saw him in the HBO series Luck. The actor has at home two Oscars, one for one of his most famous roles in Kramer vs. Kramer, and one for Rain Man. Acting, however, was not a profession he chose wholeheartedly but as Hoffman confesses “I decided to become an actor because I was bad at school”.
9. Al Pacino
Al Pacino (73 years old) charmed us with his roles in films such as Scarface, Scent of a Woman for which he won an Oscar or The Godfather We continues to enchant us with three other new roles that he has prepared for the near future. “Vanity is my favorite sin”, says the actor.
10. Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro (70 years old) won two Oscars in the category of Best Actor, the first in 1975 for The Godfather: Part II, the second in 1981 for Raging Bull. Although everyone can appreciate his talent, the actor says surprisingly that “I do not like to watch my own movies. I fall asleep”.