The oldest living actor in Hollywood has died.
Connie Sawyer may not be the biggest Hollywood A-lister, or even a B-lister, but she was certainly the oldest. At 105, Connie was practically a living monument to saying “no” to retirement and was reportedly still taking roles even up to the end of 2017.
The exact details of Sawyer’s demise were not disclosed, but it seems likely her incredible advanced age had something to do with it. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sawyer went peacefully and surrounded by family in her home in Woodland Hills.
Going through her IMDB page is like taking a walk through time with over 140 acting credits to Sawyer’s name. Most of them were on TV shows, such as The Jackie Gleason Show, The Andy Griffith Show, All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, Starsky & Hutch, Seinfeld, The Office, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, Home Improvement, Will & Grace, ER, How I Met Your Mother, and many, many more.
Sawyer was no stranger to film either, where she often is credited as “old lady”. You might remember her as the granny that stole Jim Carrie’s wallet in Dumb and Dumber. She also appeared in comedy classics like Pineapple Express and When Harry Met Sally...
Born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, Colorado, Sawyer got her start in acting at the age of 18 where she landed a role at a vaudeville show in Santa Cruz. From there she went to Broadway where she starred as Miss Wexler in a production of A Hole in the Head. She then went on to land roles in such classics as The Way West, Ada, and The Man in the Glass Booth.
Throughout her life, Sawyer never lost her sense of humor or gained an inflated opinion of the entertainment industry. Her autobiography, titled I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t, is a testament to her moderate success in acting.
And in case you were wondering what the secret to her long life actually was, according to her it’s simple to “get off your fanny” and do something with yourself. Words to live by.
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