Top 10 Hollywood Actors who Aged Well
To be an actor, requires you to maintain your physique, looks, fitness levels, and also energy levels. You need to be on the go constantly, know the latest happening in and around the world, be ever ready to give interviews, be followed around the globe by the paparazzi, and always be mobbed by enthusiastic fans. It takes a lot from a person, if he ought to be a star. Then there is also the occasional appearance on shows for promotion of movies, attending film festivals, like the Oscars, where the who’s who of the movie industry throughout the world will be spotted, go to gigs and shows for your fans, always keep learning new fight sequences, and dance forms, so you don’t lose out to competition, and then, there’s also parties for various occasions which you get invited to! In short, an actor is supposed to put in his best foot forward, and never even appear to be jet-lagged!
Some Hollywood actors have managed to dance around in the film industry with panache and elegance. We have grown up watching them romance and fight on screen, and even after we’ve turned into adults, these actors are still around romancing actresses half their age, and performing stunts to the T; not that we’re complaining! Cause’ all of them have aged well, and have still managed to hold on to that charm.
10. Robert de Niro
This talented actor was born in the year, 1943, which is even before the abolition of colonisation. He has been into his acting career since decades now, and still looks like he could give the young chaps a run for their money. Some of his best movies are The Godfather, Part 1 and 2, for which he won the academy award for the best supporting actor. He has also worked in films like Taxi Driver, New York, Raging Bull, the King of Comedy, The Last Tycoon. His latest movies, which is post-2010, include Killer Elite, New Year’s Eve, Freelancers, Red Light and Being Flynn, to name a few. Being the son of a painter and a poet, excelling in the fields of art and cinema came naturally to him. There’s no stopping this man, what with producers and film makers still making a beeline to cast him in their flicks.
9. Michael Douglas
Think of films like Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Basic Instinct and Wonder Boys, and you will instantly be reminded of just one name, Michael Douglas. A year younger to De Niro, Douglas was born in 1944. Having donned the cap of both an actor, and a producer, he has done exceptionally well, in both these roles. He has won many an awards for Best Actor. As a producer, his film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, won the Award for Best Picture. His contribution to the field of movies has not gone unnoticed, as he also has been the recipient of AFI Life Achievement Award, which was bestowed upon him in the year, 2009. Recently, there had been rumours of his marriage with Catherine Zeta-Jones hitting troubled waters, and that they were set for a divorce. I was really upset with that news, because for me, they were the premier couple of Hollywood who had managed to stay together, in love, for such a long time. However, the latest on this tit-bit is that the couple have gone a 360 degree over this, and are back together, again. At least, there is no D-word for now!
8. Richard Gere
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think Richard Gere, is his infamous kiss with Shilpa Shetty, post her victory in the UK reality show, Big Boss. Born in 1949, Richard began his career in the year, 1970 and hasn’t stopped since. His movies include American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Unfaithful and Shall we Dance?, to name a few. In 1999, Richard was named by People’s Magazine, as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’. He was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford for almost 11 years, after which the two split. Apart from acting, Richard supports many human rights and social causes dedicated to AIDS awareness, Tibetan Independence, education campaigns, and also global initiatives to promote peace.
7. Al Pacino
Born Alfredo James Pacino, in 1940, his parents divorced when he was just two years old. Al dropped out of school at the age of 17, and later on in life, he found his calling in acting. He has done some wonderful roles in movies like Revolution, Sea of Love, Julius Caesar, Scent of a Woman, The Devil’s Advocate, and the very latest, Ocean’s Thirteen. Pacino never married, but has 3 children from his relationships with an acting coach, Jan Tarrant and Beverly D’Angelo. In 2007, the American Film Institute awarded him with a lifetime achievement award.
6. George Clooney
George Timothy Clooney has also been a film producer, director, and screenwriter, apart from being an actor. He has acted in movies like Batman and Robin, Ocean’s Eleven, Three Kings, The Descendants, and many more. He is also involved in humanitarian causes like raising funds for 9/11, the Tsunami victims, and the very latest calamity, the Haiti earthquake. After his divorce from Talia Balsam, Clooney is reported to have said that he will never marry again. He is also actively involved with supporting the worldwide gay community.
5. Sylvester Stallone
Think of Stallone, and you think Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. These were two notable films, he was associated with. Born in 1946, he went on to star in many movies like The Expendables, Bullet to the Head, Spy Kids, Cliffhanger and The Specialist, to list a few. Stallone’s parents divorced when he was nine, and then stayed with his mother. He has won many awards as a Best Actor, and Best Foreign Actor. The Hollywood Film Festival honoured him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born in 1947, Arnold has played many roles in real life too, from being a politician, businessman, and a professional bodybuilder. Arnie’s movies include The Terminator, Commando, True Lies, Expendables, etc. He was born in a strict Roman Catholic family in Austria and even served in the Austrian Army in 1965. At the age of 20, he won the Mr. Universe contest, and from then on, there was no looking back. Having been married to Maria Shriver, the couple divorced after 25 years of marriage, after it was reported that Arnold had fathered a child with an employee of the household.
3. Sean Connery
Now ages 83, this great actor was born in 1930. Born to parents who worked as a cleaner, and factory worker, Sean had a very humble upbringing. To make some extra money, Sean took to working as a backstage helper, at the King’s Theatre in 1951, and it was here, that his acting career took off. Movies to his credit include The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and The Rock. He was voted the ‘Sexiest Man of the Century’ at the age of 69.
2. Clint Eastwood
Clinton Eastwood is a producer, composer, and director, apart from also being an actor. His works include The Million Dollar Baby, The Bridges of Madison County, In The Line of Fire, and Blood Work. He has also won awards for his work in acting, and production of films. Eastwood was conferred with The Golden Pine Lifetime achievement award in 2013.
1. Pierce Brosnan
My all-time favourite actor, is also the heartthrob of many women around the world. He was born in 1953 in Ireland. His most famous role is that of James Bond, of the many series of Bond movies. His other movies are Licence to Kill, Die Another Day, Laws of Attraction and The Matador. His svelte personality, and charm continue to woo many girls. He has won many awards for best actor. He was married to Cassandra Harris, until her death in 1991. Later, he married Keely Shaye Smith, and lives with his family in Malibu, California.
All of these actors, despite being past the age of 50 years, have managed to retain their body, looks, and even their talents. The fresh, young blood of new and upcoming actors has not been able to throw these guys off their jobs. Hoping they continue acting for a long time to come, and continue being such amazing human beings!