For many actors, a couple of roles in Hollywood movies and an interview on late night television are a sign of professional success. Yet for a select few superstars, success is nothing less than a lifetime of fame and fortune and a permanent position in the public eye.
24/7 Wall St. has identified the most famous actors over 70. These actors have spent nearly their entire lives working in the Hollywood system, earning millions of dollars and building some of the most globally recognizable brands around themselves. However, while celebrity and financial success are clearly desirable to these highly public stars, their work appears to be a huge motivation in their lives as well.
This is illustrated by the scope of their work – 34 of the 50 most famous actors over 70 have over 100 acting credits. Seventy-seven year old Martin Sheen has 254 credits to his name. Voice actor Frank Welker, known for his work on “Scooby Doo” and other animated shows, has a staggering 805 credits.
The majority of the actors on this list also continue to work despite being of an age when the average person has since retired. Kirk Douglas – who is now 100 years old – worked into his 90s. Betty White is 95 and still active, working mostly in television.
Surprisingly, many of the actors found on our list – such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and Sylvester Stallone – became famous through highly physical roles in action and adventure movies. Their ability to adapt in their later years is a mark of these stars’ true talent.