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These 25 Famous Actors All Lived to Be Over 100

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Fay McKenzie
> Lifespan: 1918 – 2019, died at 101
> Known for: Starring opposite Gene Autry in the early 1940s in five horse opera features

Technically, Fay McKenzie, who was born in Hollywood, started acting at 10-weeks-old, when she was cradled in Gloria Swanson’s arms in “Station Content” and did not stop until a year before she died when she made an appearance in the comedy “Kill a Better Mousetrap.” She is most famous as the leading lady of Gene Autry’s five Westerns in the early 1940s.

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Meg Mundy
> Lifespan: 1915 – 2016, died at 101
> Known for: Appeared in soap operas, “Fatal Attraction”

Meg Mundy started her career acting in plays. She won the 1948 Theatre World Award for her performance in “The Respectful Prostitute” after which she moved on to television. She appeared in many TV shows and series, including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Law & Order,” and “All My Children.” She was nominated for an Emmy for her work in “The Doctors.” Among her most famous movies are “Ordinary People” (1980) and “Fatal Attraction” (1987).

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Etta Moten Barnett
> Lifespan: 1901 – 2004, died at 102
> Known for: Porgy and Bess, first Black performer to sing at the White House

Etta Moten Barnett had a long career in entertainment, but she is most famous for her signature role of Bess in the 1943 revival of “Porgy and Bess.” She was the first African American performer to sing at the White House at the invitation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for FDR’s birthday in 1934. One of her most famous films is “Flying Down to Rio,” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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Irwin Corey
> Lifespan: 1914 – 2017, died at 102
> Known for: The World’s Foremost Authority

“Professor” Irwin Corey made people laugh as “The World’s Foremost Authority.” He is well-known for his unscripted, enthusiastic, and improvisational style of comedy. He performed in vaudeville, nightclubs, and on TV talk shows for more than seven decades. Some of his more popular film comedies are “How to Commit Marriage” (1969), “I’m Not Rappaport” (1996), and “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” (2001).

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Marsha Hunt
> Lifespan: 1917 – 
> Known for: Dionne in the West End rock musical Hair

Marsha Hunt appeared in 50 movies released by Paramount and MGM in the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1940s, she shifted to the theater and made her Broadway debut in “Joy to the World” (1948). Hunt was an outspoken proponent of liberal causes. She was the victim of a communist smear and was blacklisted in the 1950s. This hurt her film career. Hunt transitioned to television and appeared on series such as “Laramie” (1959), “Gunsmoke” (1964), and “Police Story” (1974-75).

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