In 2020, Hollywood mourned the deaths of two icons from its golden era — Dame Olivia de Havilland and Kirk Douglas. Both movie legends were centenarians, with de Havilland passing at age 104 and Douglas at age 103.
The long life of these two screen gems is noteworthy but not rare. There are more than 200 actors who’ve passed the 100-year-old milestone. 24/7 Tempo compiled a list of 26 of the more famous actors who lived to be 100. We created our list by reviewing information from the Internet Movie Database website and sources such as Brittanica.com.
The careers of many of the actors on the list spanned virtually the entire motion picture period. Many began their careers in silent films and successfully transitioned into talking pictures. Other actors extended their acting lifespan to the emerging entertainment medium of television in the 1950s. Norman Lloyd, who would turn 106 in November, has been performing for almost 80 years. Here are the actors with the longest careers.
Many of these actors were performing into their 90s, such as Charles Lane, who made a career out of playing curmudgeons. Doris Eaton Travis, the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl before she died at age 106, attributed her longevity to dancing. Mae Laborde was proof that it is never too late to start a career. She began her acting career in 2002 while in her 90s.