Living longer today is commonplace. From the 2010 Census, there were 5.5 million people in the United States over the age of 85 with a projected increase to 6.6 million by 2020. Our average lifespan is now 76.2 years for males and 81.1 years for females. This is a cause for celebration as we can do more now for longer than we ever have before. Of course, many of us look forward to a quiet life of retirement of recreation and leisure after we reach 65.
For celebrities, it is another story. Living longer means they can extend their careers for many decades, longer than anyone in the past. We have actors, politicians, royalty(Queen Elizabeth II is in her late 80s) doing more as older adults, not letting age get in the way of their accomplishments or aspirations. John Dingell, from Michigan, is the longest serving United States House of Representative member, first elected in 1958. He is 87 years old. Actor Bob Newhart, 84, has a recurring role on Big Bang Theory and the upcoming TNT Librarian series. Older celebrities are embracing their age, using it to their advantage to keep their active lifestyles going strong. Retirement is the furthest thing from their minds.
With this in mind, we looked over several lists on the web to see which older celebrity is the most popular. Orlando Sentinel, Perez Hilton, Huffington Post and StarPlus.com all have addressed the issue in the recent past. The most surprising aspect of the lists is how many are on it. The Orlando Sentinel lists over a 100 celebrities over 80 years of age, combined with the other lists, there are over 125 celebrities still accomplishing feats despite their advanced age. We take the ones who are listed on at least three of the four and rank the top five. It should come as no surprise that the celebrities are all actors. After all, these are the ones we pay the closest attention to.
5 William Shatner, 83
4 Betty White , 92
3 Christopher Plummer, 84
2 Clint Eastwood, 83
1 James Earl Jones, 83
James Earl Jones appeared on more lists than any other celebrity. Jones is most widely known for his voice work, specifically as Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies. Although his resume as of late has been as guest appearances on television shows, he is still very popular. He recently plays himself on the popular sitcom, Big Bang Theory. He has been seen on a series of Sprint commercials with Malcolm McDowell, where he recites various mundane social media feeds. Jones has been recognized with several awards in his lifetime including being the only person to win two Emmys in the same year for Gabriel's Fire and Heat Wave. He has won Tony Awards and been nominated for a Oscar. His deep voice is actively sought after. Interestingly, he had to overcome a early ailment of stuttering before he began to perform.
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