Celebrities you never knew were still alive

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Christopher Walken-76


Christopher Walken is a very accomplished actor. He has over 130 acting credits to his name, and every one of them has been a brilliant performance. He won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for 1978’s The Deer Hunter and a BAFTA Award for 2002’s Catch Me If You Can. He has been nominated for many other roles and has won in a number of categories. He has starred alongside some of the biggest actors in the business, including the late great Natalie Wood, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, to name but a few. He is an avid animal advocate and supporter of animal welfare. She was last seen in 2018 in a role in the Netflix film Irreplaceable You.

Ann-Margret – 77 years old

Swedish-born singer and actress Ann-Margaret has a career spanning more than fifty years. She has many roles and performances to her credit. Her most notable roles include those in Tommy, Grumpy Old Men, Viva Las Vegas and Bye Bye Birdie. There are many rumours that Ann-Margaret had an affair with the late rock and roll icon Elvis Presley during the filming of Viva Las Vegas, but the actress has never confirmed these allegations.


John Savident – 83

Now 83, actor John Savident hasn’t acted since 2012. Fans will remember him for his role as butcher Fred Elliott in Coronation Street, which ran from 1994 to 2006. He gave only personal reasons when he departed the series, and his character was written to have a stroke before he died. Outside of the series, Savident was also seen as Monsieur Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Theatre. He last appeared on the big screen in 2012 in Holby City as Rupert Pool.


John Landis – 70

The Blues Brothers was released in 1980 and grossed $115.2 million on a modest budget of $30 million. The successful music comedy was directed by none other than John Landis, and the film was a huge success, returning to cinemas in 2020. In addition to his work as a director, Landis has also been seen in other series and feature films, such as when he played a store manager in the 2008 film “Parasomnia” and a psychic in the 2019 film “I Hate Kids”. Currently, the 70-year-old actor is executive producer of An Americans Werewolf in London.


Betty White – 99

The grandmother we all love, Betty White has been a part of the show business for most of her life, and in her mid-90s, she’s still very much alive and active on the small screen. During a career spanning more than 70 years, the actress has starred in numerous films and TV shows, and has amassed a net worth of $45 million. White is not yet prepared to leave Hollywood.


Jonathan Lynn – 78

Jonathan Lynn is a jack of all trades among actors. TV and film fans will probably know him as Danny Hooley in the 1970s TV show Doctor in the House, Roddy Cheever-Jones in Turnbull’s Finest Half-Hour, Robert in The Liver Birds and Pete Booth in My Brother’s Keeper. He began his acting journey in the 1960s and continued to get roles throughout the following decades. In the 1970s, however, Lynn discovered screenwriting and became good at it. Lynn has written more than 30 screenplays and even now, at 78 years old, is still very active in this field.


Barbara Walters – 90

Through the Today Show, Barbara Walters became the first woman to host an American news show in 1974. She was a very accomplished broadcaster at the time, both as a broadcaster and as an author; one of the first books she wrote was “How to talk to virtually anyone about virtually anything” in 1970. Although no longer active in television, he continues to contribute to the industry! In 2019, he was one of the many celebrities who took part in the highly acclaimed Lorena Documentary.



Joe Pesci – 78

Oscar winning actor Joe Pesci announced his own personal retirement in 1999, a year after playing Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 4. However, he still appears occasionally in such films as The Good Shepherd, Love Ranch and A Warrior’s Tail. In 2019, Pesci, best known for his role as Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, was persuaded to step out of retirement and accept a role in The Irishman. Much of the persuasion came from the director and his lead actor, Robert DeNiro, and the 78-year-old actor is unlikely to be disappointed with his decision, as he has won praise for his work.


Anthony Hopkins – 83

There are very few stars who manage to stay pertinent in their prime, and on the list is Anthony Hopkins, known for Hitchcock, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Welsch, now 83, has recently been involved in a number of impressive projects, including the hit HBO dystopian series Westworld and the biopic The Twin Popes. Retirement seems to be the furthermost thing from Hopkins’ mind, as he works on a series of films including Virtuosi, XCII and Where Are You. The venerable actor also keeps winning awards, recently winning a BAFTA for his performance in The Father in 2020.


Tommy Lee Jones – 74

“A national treasure” – that’s how Meryl Streep described Tommy Lee Jones, her co-star in her 2012 film Hope Springs. If the Mamma Mia! iconic actress isn’t enough to convince you of her impressive talent, let her Oscars, Golden Globe, Cannes, SAG and Primetime Emmy awards do it. Jones, 74, is clearly picky about his next projects, and was last seen in 2020 in both The Comeback Trail (“Wander”) and Wander. He hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet, but we wouldn’t be shocked if he chose to do so given his age.


Matthew Guinness – 80

Matthew is the son of Lawrence of Arabia star Alec Guinness and his wife Merula Salaman, and has long since given up acting. Coming from a family of actors, it was inevitable that he would follow in his father’s footsteps. Before his father had started filming The Detective, the 11-year-old boy had contracted polio and suffered temporary paralysis. Alec left a legacy in the industry with his outstanding performances, which Matthew did not disappoint. His most memorable work includes Carrie’s War, the Oppenheimer series, ITV Playhouse and The Road to Freedom. Sadly, he bid farewell to the industry after his role as Wilmot in the series Chillers in 1990.


Mark Hamill – 69

It’s hard to think of someone different as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series, as Mark Hamill did an impressive job – he won three Saturn Awards for the role. He began his long career in the 1960s, but by the next decade he had become a household name. He has at least 40 TV and film appearances behind him, which explains how he has managed to stay involved to this day. It seems that Hamill, who is 69, is far from slowing down to accept projects, as he will soon be appearing in Relative Super, Squad 42 and The Machine.


Anne Reid – 85

Most people in their 80s are already enjoying a life free of stress and work, but famed actress Anne Reid has more than enough to add to her CV. Younger viewers may know her as Charlotte in SAS: Red Notice (2021) and Celia in The Last Tango Halifax (2012-2020), but older generations know her as Jean in Dinnerladies, Rita Barrat in Peak Practice and Mathilda Bensham in The Mallens. Reid also appeared as Valerie Barlow in the soap Coronation Street for a decade. Her character said goodbye after being electrically shocked by her hairdryer, and over 19 million viewers watched her funeral.



William Roache – 88

William Roache wasn’t even in his early 30s when he arrived at Coronation Street in 1960, but he saw his future in the show. Many stars see soap operas as a stepping stone to something more mainstream, but this guy knew he was going to grow old playing Ken Barlow in the ITV series for a long time. To this day, the now 88-year-old man is still loyal to the show and still plays the character, earning him a Guinness World Record. In January 2021, Roache spoke openly about his reasons for not quitting the show and explained that the opportunity to show people’s trials and tribulations on television was the main driver.


Donald Sutherland – 85 years old

Age is just a number to Donald Sutherland, who, at 85, continues to accept acting projects. He will be showing his acting chops in his upcoming films Moonfall (as Holdenfield) and Armageddon Time. The Canadian star can comfortably retirement if he wants to; after all, his net worth is $60 million. With a career spanning more than five decades, Sutherland has received Teen Choice, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe as well as Primetime Emmy awards. His work includes the series Trust, Crossing Lines, The Pillars of the Earth and Commander in Chief.


Alan Arkin – 87 years old

Sorry to disappoint fans of the Netflix show ‘ The Kominsky Method’, but Alan Arkin, who played Norman Newlander, will not be joining us for the final season. The 87-year-old left the series in 2019, but reports have claimed that this was his plan all along. After the show, he appeared in the 2020 film Spenser Confidential. That same year, Arkin published a book called Out of My Mind, which he said was not an autobiography. In an interview with The Guardian, he hinted at retirement after revealing that he enjoys silence more as he gets older.



Sally Potter – 71 years old

Sally Potter showed her passion for making films at the age of 14 when she made her first feature film. Although she has been filming since the 1960s, it was her 1992 film adaptation of Virginia Wolfe’s novel Orlando that catapulted her to international stardom. Memorable works such as The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Wept, Rage, Yes and Ginger & Rosa followed. Potter’s latest venture is The Roads Not Taken, which premiered at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. The 71-year-old actress also runs a boutique entertainment company called Adventure Pictures, which she co-founded with Christopher Sheppard.



Lowell Ganz – 72 years old


People may not know Lowell Ganz, and that’s because he is a screenwriter. What fans may also not know is that he has directed several notable series such as Joani Loves Chachi, Making It, Busting Loose, Laverne & Shirley, The New Odd couple, Take Five and Hiller and Diller. Today, it’s hard to know what Ganz has been up to, as he seems to be resting for a while given his age. His latest project was Parenthood in 2015. We last heard from him in 2019, when he and Babaloo Mandel received the 2019 Laurel Award for screenwriting.


Austin Pendleton – 81 years old

A career that spans five decades, it’s no wonder that many aspiring actors look up to Austin Pendleton. The Yale University alumnus has shared his knowledge with budding stars, even doing so via Zoom in 2020. At 81, he is still a professor at HB Studios and has classes scheduled for August 2021. Pendleton is also known for many films including My Cousin Vinny, What’s Up, Doc? Tess’s Custody and Strip Search. He gave the voice of Max in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie and Gurgle in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo and its 2003 spin-off Finding Dory.



Johnny Mathis – 83 years old

Just hearing John Mathis’ voice makes you think of Christmas. Although we know the many albums he has released and the success they have achieved, his Christmas songs are arguably timeless. The best example is It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. The last album he released was in 2017 and is called John Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook. With his $400 million wealth and at the age of 83, John can enjoy his well-deserved retirement now. In addition, he is said to have sold over 360 million albums worldwide.


Queen Elizabeth II – 93 years old

Much has changed in the years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the UK throne in 1952. Many nations have gained independence, including Australia and Canada. The Queen can thank her amazing genes as she is still going strong at the age of 90 and still actively participating in the public events.


Elizabeth II was most recently seen at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding, and she was in high spirits too! She also maintains her tradition of Christmas with the entire royal family at her house in Sandringham, Norfolk, UK.

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