296 Legends Age 80+ Who Are Still With Us!

With so many losses of beloved icons in 2021 — it started with Cicely Tyson and ended with Betty White — we can sometimes forget just how many other legends we do have left.

Please, 2022, show some mercy! (Image via CBS)

Betty was revered, and was arguably the most well-liked, intergenerational, awarded, admired and just plain enjoyed figure in entertainment in the past 100 years. If not #1, she was among those at the top.

A passing like Betty's should encourage us to take notice of the artists we still among us, and to cherish them while they're here.

Here is an edited list of just some living icons age 80 and older, by age (and alphabetically within each age).

As you read, note: (1) I tried to pick names that won't draw blanks to people who are reasonably well-acquainted with pop culture; (2) it's okay if you don't recognize EVERY name (but tell me how many out of 300 you do!); (3) again, I do not have EVERYONE; (4) my very brief description is to jog your memory, not to minimize their CVs; and (5) the list was 300 when I posted it, but with icons dropping left and right, I'm going to reduce the number rather than swapping out names.

Marsha Hunt, 104 — Golden Age leading lady Blacklisted by McCarthy

Nehemiah Persoff, 102 — Was in Some Like It Hot

Norman Lear, 99 — Creator of classic television

Janis Paige, 99 — Stage star noted for films like Silk Stockings

Annette Warren, 99 — Singer who dubbed Ava Gardner in Show Boat (1951)

Bob Barker, 98 — The Price Is Right

Glynis Johns, 98 — Mary Poppins

Larry Storch, 98 — F-Troop

Carole Cook, 97 — A member of Lucille Ball's troupe

Joyce Randolph, 97 — Trixie on The Honeymooners

Eva Marie Saint, 97 — Oscar winner for On the Waterfront, also in North by Northwest

Lee Grant, 96 — Oscar winner for Shampoo

Bill Hayes, 96 — Days of Our Lives

Angela Lansbury, 96 — Gaslight, Murder, She Wrote, Broadway

June Lockhart, 96 — Lost in Space

Dick Van Dyke, 96 — Mary Poppins, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Tony Bennett, 95 — "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" singer, Lady Gaga duets

Mel Brooks, 95 — Blazing Saddles, The Producers

Robert Clary, 95 — Hogan's Heroes

Roger Corman, 95 — Horror director

Shecky Greene, 95 — Comic

Peter Marshall, 95 — Hollywood Squares

Irene Papas, 95 — Greek superstar

Gene Shalit, 95 — Today show film critic

Harry Belafonte, 94 — Calypso singer

Pat Carroll, 83 — Voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid

William Daniels, 94 — St. Elsewhere, Knight Rider, Boy Meets World

Rosemary Harris, 94 — Tony winner, Aunt May in 3 Spider-Man films

Gina Lollobrigida, 94 — Italian bombshell

Estelle Parsons, 94 — Bonnie & Clyde, Roseanne, Broadway

Barbara Rush, 94 — Peyton Place

Doc Severinsen, 94 — Tonight Show

Burt Bacharach, 93 — Composer

Ann Blyth, 93 — Mildred Pierce

Ed Fury, 93 — Bodybuilder

Clu Galager, 93 — Western actor

Estelle Harris, 93 — Mrs. Costanza

Earl Holliman, 93 — Police Woman

James Ivory, 93 — Merchant-Ivory films, wrote Call Me by Your Name

Cleo Laine, 93 — Scat singer

George Maharis, 93 — Route 66

Marian Ross, 93 — Happy Days

James Hong, 92 — Big Trouble in Little China, "5, 10 minutes" on Seinfeld

Vera Miles, 92 — Psycho

Fernanda Montenegro, 92 — Oscar nominee for Central Station

Terry Moore, 92 — Mighty Joe Young, "wife" of Howard Hughes

Don Murray, 92 — Bus Stop

Bob Newhart, 92 — The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart

Joan Plowright, 92 — stage star, Laurence Olivier's widow

June Squibb, 92 — Nebraska, The Humans

Liz Sheridan, 92 — Mrs. Seinfeld

Barbara Walters, 92 — Today show, 20/20, The View

John Astin, 91 — Gomez on The Addams Family

Clint Eastwood, 91 — Dirty Harry, Oscar-winning director

Jean-Luc Godard, 91 — New Wave film director

Gene Hackman, 91 — Bonnie & Clyde, The French Connection, Lex Luthor in Superman, The Poseidon Adventure

Tippi Hedren, 91 — The Birds, Marnie

Armin Mueller-Stahl, 91 — Oscar nominee for Shine

Lois Smith, 91 — East of Eden, oldest-ever Tony winner for The Inheritance

Frances Sternhagen, 91 — Stage actress, Trey's mom on Sex and the City

Robert Wagner, 91 — '50s heartthrob, widower of Natalie Wood

Joanne Woodward, 91 — Oscar winner for The Three Faces of Eve, widow of Paul Newman

Barbara Bain, 90 — Mission: Impossible, Space: 1999

Carroll Baker, 90 — Baby Doll

Barbara Barrie, 90 — Breaking Away, Barney Miller, Suddenly Susan

Claire Bloom, 90 — Stage star, Limelight, The King's Speech

Leslie Caron, 90 — Gigi

Dabney Coleman, 90 — Mr. Hart in 9 to 5

Angie Dickinson, 90 — Police Woman, Dressed to Kill

Robert Duvall, 90 — The Godfather series, Oscar nominee for Tender Mercies

Barbara Eden, 90 — Jeannie

Mitzi Gaynor, 90 — Hoofer from South Pacific

Marla Gibbs, 90 — Florence on The Jeffersons, Mary on 227

Darryl Hickman, 90 — Leave Her to Heaven

James Earl Jones, 90 — Stage star, The Great White Hope, Claudine, Darth Vader's voice

Hal Linden, 90 — Barney Miller

Rita Moreno, 90 — Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story (both of 'em), Electric Company, The Ritz

Jaye P. Morgan, 90 — Singer, The Gong Show

Dan Rather, 90 — CBS Evening News anchor

Ronnie Schell, 90 — Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

William Shatner, 90 — Captain Kirk on Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, The Practice

Mamie Van Doren, 90 — '50s blonde bombshell

Anouk Aimée, 89 — A Man and a Woman

Ellen Burstyn, 89 — Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream

Petula Clark, 89 — "Downtown" singer

Joel Grey, 89 — Oscar winner for Cabaret

Diane Ladd, 89 — Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, mother of Laura Dern

Piper Laurie, 89 — Carrie

Carol Lawrence, 89 — West Side Story

Loretta Lynn, 89 — Country singer of songs like "You Ain't Woman Enough (to Take My Man)"

Elaine May, 89 — Creative partner of Mike Nichols, director of The Heartbreak Kid, Tony winner for The Waverly Place

Nichelle Nichols, 89 — Uhura on Star Trek

Inga Swenson, 89 — Kraus on Benson

Mary Louise Wilson, 89 — One Day at a Time, star of Broadway's Grey Gardens

Carol Burnett, 88 — The Carol Burnett Show, Annie

Michael Caine, 88 — Zulu, Sleuth, Educating Rita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Joan Collins, 88 — Alexis on Dynasty

Pat Crowley, 88 — Mom on Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Barbara Feldon, 88 — Agent 99 on Get Smart

Cissy Houston, 88 — Singer, mom of Whitney Houston

Quincy Jones, 88 — Prolific producer, worked with Michael Jackson on Thriller

Jackie Joseph, 88 — The first Little Shop of Horrors, The Doris Day Show

Bernie Kopell, 88 — Doc on The Love Boat

Wink Martindale, 88 — Game show host

David McCallum, 88 — The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Willie Nelson, 88 — "On the Road Again" country singer, pot enthuasiast

Julie Newmar, 88 — One of TV's Catwomen

Kim Novak, 88 — Vertigo

Yoko Ono, 88 — Experimental musician and artist, John Lennon's widow

Charles Osgood, 88 — Retired newsman

Chita Rivera, 88 — West Side Story (on Broadway), stage star

Sylvia Sims, 88 — '50s British actress, Victim

Tom Skerritt, 88 — Picket Fences

Renée Taylor, 88 — Sylvia Fine on The Nanny, widow of Joseph Bologna

Alan Arkin, 87 — Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine, The Kominsky Method

Brigitte Bardot, 87 — French actress, one of the most prominent sex symbols of all time

Pat Boone, 87 — Goody two-shoes rocker

George Chakiris, 87 — Oscar winner for West Side Story

Richard Chamberlain, 87 — Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds

Judi Dench, 87 — Cabaret (West End), Oscar winner for Shakespeare in Love, M in several Bond flicks

Jamie Farr, 87 — Klinger on M*A*S*H

Louise Fletcher, 87 — Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Barry Humphries, 87 — Dame Edna

Shirley Jones, 87 — The Music Man, Oscar winner for Elmer Gantry, The Partridge Family

Sophia Loren, 87 — Oscar winner for Two Women, Marriage Italian Style, one living woman on AFI's Greatest Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema List

Tina Louise, 87 — Ginger on Gilligan's Island, The Stepford Wives

Laurence Luckinbill, 87 — The Boys in the Band, married to Lucie Arnaz

Shirley MacLaine, 87 — The Apartment, Irma La Douce, Oscar winner for Terms of Endearment, sister of Warren Beatty

Sally Jessy Raphael, 87 — Talk show host

Maggie Smith, 87 — Oscar winner for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite, Downtown Abbey

Russ Tamblyn, 87 — West Side Story

Frankie Valli, 87 — Four Seasons lead singer

Herb Alpert, 86 — Tijuana Brass band leader

Julie Andrews, 86 — Oscar winner for Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, The Princess Diaries

Alain Delon, 86 — French New Wave actor, Purple Noon

Phil Donahue — Talk show host

Judd Hirsh, 86 — Taxi

Steve Lawrence, 86 — Singer with late wife Eydie Gormé

Ruta Lee, 86 — Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Twilight Zone, Roseanne

Jerry Lee Lewis, 86 —Early rocker

Johnny Mathis, 86 — The king of romantic music

Lee Meriwether, 86 — Miss America, one of TV's Catwomen, Barnaby Jones

Donald Sutherland, 86 — Don't Look Now, Animal House, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Hunger Games

Bobby Vinton, 86 — "Beer Barrel Polka" singer

M. Emmet Walsh, 86 — Blade Runner, Blood Simple

Alan Alda, 85 — Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H

Ursula Andress, 85 — Dr. No

Warren Beatty, 85 — Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Reds, Dick Tracy legendary lothario married to Annette Bening

Ruth Buzzi, 85 – Laugh-In

Dick Cavett, 85 — Talk show host

James Darren, 85 — Gidget, The Guns of Navarone

Bruce Dern, 85 — Coming Home, Family Plot, Nebraska, father of Laura Dern

Keir Dullea, 85 — 2001: A Space Odyssey

Nancy Dussault, 85 — Too Close for Comfort

Hector Elizondo, 85 — Pretty Woman, Chicago Hope

Anita Gillette, 85 — Singer, Liz Lemon's mom on 30 Rock

Mark Goddard, 85 — Lost in Space

Louis Gossett Jr., 85 — Oscar winner for An Officer and a Gentleman

Engelbert Humperdinck, 85 — Hunky singer

Glenda Jackson, 85 — Oscar winner for both A Touch of Class and Women in Love, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Tony winner, Labour MP

Walter Koenig, 85 — Chekov on Star Trek

Kris Kristofferson, 85 — Country singer

Pat Priest, 85 — Cousin Marilyn on The Munsters

Robert Redford, 85 — One of the most prominent male sex symbols of all time, Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Way We Were, Oscar-winning director of Ordinary People, founder of Sundance,

Shirley Bassey, 84 — Singer of three James Bond themes

Joyce Bulifant, 84 — Mary Tyler Moore actress, Match Game contestant

Dyan Cannon, 84 — Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, ex-wife of Cary Grant

Elinor Donahue, 84 — Father Knows Best

Roberta Flack, 84 — "Killing Me Softly" singer

Jane Fonda, 84 — Barbarella, Oscar winner for both Klute and Coming Home, On Golden Pond, 9 to 5, Grace and Frankie, daughter of Henry Fonda, liberal political activist

Morgan Freeman, 84 — Famed voice, The Electric Company, The Shawshank Redemption

Philip Glass, 84 — Composer

Dustin Hoffman, 84 — The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, Oscar winner for Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man

Polly Holliday, 84 — Flo on Alice

Anthony Hopkins, 84 — Oscar winner for The Silence of the Lambs and The Father

Salley Kellerman, 84 — Hot Lips Houlihan in M*A*S*H (movie)

Frank Langella, 84 — Dracula, Frost/Nixon

Linda Lavin, 84 — Alice on Alice

Garrett Morris, 84 — SNL cast member

Jack Nicholson, 84 — Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chinatown, The Shining, A Few Good Men, As Good as It Gets, winner of three Oscars

Margaret O’Brien, 84 — '40s child star

Vanessa Redgrave, 84 — Stage star, Oscar winner for Julia, liberal political activist, wife of Franco Nero, mother of Natasha Richardson

Tommy Smothers, 84 — Brother of Dick Smothers, star of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Loretta Swit, 84 — Hot Lips Houlihan on M*A*S*H (TV)

George Takei, 84 — Sulu on Star Trek

Marlo Thomas, 84 — That Girl, Rachel's mom on Friends, daughter of Danny Thomas

Billy Dee Williams, 84 — Lady Sings the Blues, Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films

Jo Anne Worley, 84 — Laugh-In

Diane Baker, 83 — Journey to the Center of the Earth, Strait-Jacket

Richard Benjamin, 83 — Westworld, comedy director married to Paula Prentiss

John Byner, 83 — Comic actor and impressionist

Claudia Cardinale, 83 — Italian bombshell, The Pink Panther

Tommy Chong, 83 — One half of Cheech & Chong

Ronny Cox, 83 — Deliverance, RoboCop, Total Recall

Ron Ely, 83 — TV Tarzan

Elliott Gould, 83 — Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, M*A*S*H (movie), Ross & Monica's dad on Friends, father of Barbra Streisand's son Jason Gould

Dolores Hart, 83 — Elvis-movie star who left Hollywood to become a nun

Derek Jacobi, 83 — British stage star, Gosford Park, The King's Speech

Gordon Lightfoot, 83 — "Sundown," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" singer

Rich Little, 83 — Celebrity impressionist

Christopher Lloyd, 83 — Rev. Jim on Taxi, Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies

Darlene Love, 83 — The Queen of Christmas, she sang lead on "He's a Rebel"

Diana Muldaur, 83 — L.A. Law, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Paula Prentiss, 83 — The Stepford Wives, married to Richard Benjamin

Rex Reed, 83 — Myra Breckinridge, film critic

Lucille Soong, 83 — Fresh Off the Boat

Terence Stamp, 83 — Billy Budd; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Zod in Superman

Connie Stevens, 83 — Singer, Hawaiian Eye, Scorchy, mother of Joely Fisher, ex-wife of Eddie Fisher

Stella Stevens, 83 — The Poseidon Adventure, mother of Andrew Stevens

Liv Ullman, 83 — Ingmar Bergman star

Jon Voight, 83 — Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Ray Donovan, conservative activist, father of Angelina Jolie

Fred Williamson, 83 — NFL player, Blaxploitation star

F. Murray Abraham, 82 — Oscar winner for Amadeus

Jane Alexander — Stage star, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer

John Amos, 82 — Good Times, Mary Tyler Moore

Elizabeth Ashley, 82 — Stage star, Evening Shade

John Cleese, 82 — Monty Python veteran

Judy Collins, 82 — Folk singer

William Devane, 82 — Knots Landing

Melinda Dillon, 82 — Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A Christmas Story

Francis Ford Coppola, 82 — Filmmaker behind the The Godfather series

Samantha Eggar, 82 — The Collector, Doctor Dolittle

Susan Flannery, 82 — Days of Our Lives, The Towering Inferno

Mike Farrell, 82 — B.J. Hunnicutt on M*A*S*H (TV)

George Hamilton, 82 — Perpetually tanned star of Love at First Bite, Zorro the Gay Blade

Paul Hogan, 82 — Crocodile Dundee

Harvey Keitel, 82 — Mean Streets, The Bad Lieutenant, The Piano

Terry Kiser, 82 — Bernie of Weekend at Bernie's

Nancy Kwan, 82 — The World of Suzie Wong, Flower Drum Song

Louise Lasser, 82 — Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

George Lazenby, 82 — James Bond

Michael Learned, 82 — The Waltons, Nurse

Lee Majors, 82 — The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy, ex-husband of Farrah Fawcett

Ali McGraw, 82 — Love Story

Ian McKellen, 82 — Gandalf

Maury Povich, 82 — Talk show host, married to Connie Chung

Tony Roberts, 82 — In six Woody Allen movies, including Annie Hall

Neil Sedaka, 82 — "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" singer-songwriter

Grace Slick, 82 — Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship vocalist

Dick Smothers, 82 — Brother of Tommy Smothers, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Paul Sorvino, 82 — Goodfellas, father of Mira Sorvino

Lily Tomlin, 82 — Laugh-In, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, 9 to 5, Grace and Frankie

Tommy Tune, 82 — Broadway star

Tina Turner, 82 — Rock legend, Auntie Entity in Tommy, "What's Love Got to Do with It?" singer and subject of biopic of the same name

Brenda Vaccaro, 82 — Midnight Cowboy, Once Is Not Enough, Golden Girls, tampon commercials

Frankie Avalon, 81 — Beach-movie staple

James Brolin, 81 — Westworld, Hotel, married to Barbra Streisand

James Caan, 81 — The Godfather, Thief

Julie Christie, 81 — Doctor Zhivago, Don't Look Now, Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Afterglow

Pauline Collins, 81 — Shirley Valentine

James Cromwell, 81 — Babe, Succession

Brian De Palma, 81 — Director of Carrie, Dressed to Kill, The Untouchables

Sharon Farrell, 81 — It's Alive, Can't Buy Me Love, Night of the Comet

Linda Gray, 81 — Sue Ellen on Dallas

Herbie Hancock, 81 — "Rockit" musician

Mariette Hartley, 81 — The Incredible Hulk (TV), Kodak commercials with James Garner

Dan Hedaya, 81 — Blood Simple, Nick Tortelli on Cheers, The First Wives Club

Tom Jones, 81 — Sexy singer of "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat," "Kiss"

Donna Mills, 81 — Knots Landing

Giorgio Moroder, 81 — Disco producer

Chuck Norris, 81 — Martial arts actor

Al Pacino, 81 — The Godfather series, Dog Day Afternoon; Oscar winner for Scent of a Woman; The Irishman, House of Gucci

Cliff Richard, 81 — British Elvis

Smokey Robinson, 81 — Motown legend

Jill St. John, 81 — Bond Girl, married to Robert Wagner

Martin Sheen, 81 — Apocalypse Now, The West Wing, father of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen

Nancy Sinatra, 81 — "These Boots Are Made for Walking" singer, daughter of Frank Sinatra

Elke Sommer, 81 — Pink Panther sequel A Shot in the Dark sex kitten, embroiled in lawsuit with Zsa Zsa Gabor

Ringo Starr, 81 — Beatles drummer

Patrick Stewart, 81 — Stage star, Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, voice on American Dad!

Toni Tennille, 81 — The Captain and Tennille singer

Daniel J. Travanti, 81 — Hill Street Blues

Dionne Warwick, 81 — Prolific singer of hits like "Do You Know the Way to San José?," "That's What Friends Are For," "Heartbreaker," Twitter sensation, gatherer of hussy numbers

Sam Waterston, 81 — The Killing Fields, Law & Order, Grace and Frankie

Raquel Welch, 81 — Arguably the #1 female sex symbol of the past 60 years, One Million Years B.C., Myra Breckinridge, Seinfeld

Paul Anka, 80 — Singer-songwriter famous for songs like "Diana," "(You're) Having My Baby," "She's a Lady'

Ann-Margret, 80 — Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Carnal Knowledge, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Tommy, Grumpy Old Men series, Vegas

Joan Baez, 80 — Protest/folk singer

Beau Bridges, 80 — The Fabulous Baker Boys, son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Jeff Bridges

David Crosby, 80 — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singer

John Davidson, 80 — Singer, That's Incredible host

Neil Diamond, 80 — Singer of hits like "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "America," "Heartlight"

Faye Dunaway, 80 — Bonnie & Clyde, Chinatown; Oscar winner for Network; Mommie Dearest, announced wrong Best Picture winner at Oscars

Bob Dylan, 80 — "Blowin' in the Wind" singer/poet

Art Garfunkel, 80 — One half of Simon & Garfunkel, singers of "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Stacy Keach, 80 — Mike Hammer

Sally Kirkland, 80 — Oscar nominee for Anna

Miriam Margolyes, 80 — Outspoken chat show guest, The Age of Innocence

Sarah Miles, 80 — English actress in Blowup (1966), Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Juliet Mills, 80 — Nanny and the Professor, married to Maxwell Caulfield

Franco Nero, 80 — Django, Force 10 from Navarone, married to Vanessa Redgrave

Aaron Neville, 80 — "Don't Know Much" singer

Nick Nolte, 80 — Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Prince of Tides

Ryan O‘Neal, 80 — Love Story, Barry Lyndon, Paper Moon, father of Tatum O'Neal

Paul Simon — One half of Simon & Garfunkel, singers of "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," solo singer of "You Can Call Me Al, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," world musician

Martha Stewart, 80 — Self-styled lifestyle guru

5 Responses

  1. Have met and had long chats with Sylvia Sums and Glenda Jackson.

    Love Richard Benjamin persona and hold original recording of Elaine May on Perry Como show (with her late and lamented partner Mike Nichols)

    Also saw Sally Ann Howes on stage in Summer Song at Manchester (UK)
    Opera House in 1956!

    • Matthew Rettenmund

      Wow, that is wonderful! Great experiences.

  2. You missed Norman Lear 99 years old.
    Born on July 27, 1922

    Created classic shows like All in the Family, The Jefferson’s, Maude, Good Times, and more.

    • Matthew Rettenmund

      Well, it’s an edited list … but you’re right, he’s too big not to have added! So I added. 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Wow.

    So many . . . . so old.

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