Special Report

Actors With the Longest Careers

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6. Karolyn Grimes
> Age: 78
> Film credits: 14
> Most recent movie: “Canaan Land” (2019)
> Earliest movie: “That Night with You” (1945)

Karolyn Grimes’ earliest role was that of Stephanie Pemberton in 1945’s “Pardon My Past.” Yet she nabbed a much more memorable part as Zuzu Bailey in the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which was released one year later. Although she stopped acting in the 1950s, she returned with a small part in the film “Canaan Land,” which is set to be released in the U.S. this year.

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5. Angela Lansbury
> Age: 93
> Film credits: 55
> Most recent movie: “Buttons” (2018)
> Earliest movie: “Gaslight” (1944)

Angela Lansbury began her distinguished entertainment career with an Oscar-nominated performance in “Gaslight” in 1944, and she has proved to be a reliable box-office performer. Thirteen of her films have topped $100 million in domestic gross. The three-time Oscar nominee’s biggest hit was the Disney-animated film “Beauty and the Beast” (1991).

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4. Leslie Phillips
> Age: 94
> Film credits: 84
> Most recent movie: “After Death” (2012)
> Earliest movie: “Lassie from Lancashire” (1938)

Comic actor Leslie Phillips got his start acting in small British films. He worked consistently through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and in the ’80s he acted in two major American films, “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Empire of the Sun” (1987). In 2011, Phillips voiced the Sorting Hat in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

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3. Margaret O’Brien
> Age: 81
> Film credits: 32
> Most recent movie: “Impact Event” (2018)
> Earliest movie: “Babes on Broadway” (1941)

Next to Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien was the most famous child actress before the television era. She was known for her emotional performances and ability to cry instantly. Among her films are “Journey for Margaret” (1942) in which she played a war orphan in London, and “Meet Me in St. Louis” in 1944, for which she won a special juvenile Academy Award. She appeared in the thriller “Impact Event” last year.

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