Celebrities Over 90 Years Old, Then & Now
See photos of Betty White, Dick Van Dyke and other nonagenarian stars
Estelle Harris, 93
The actress had two indelible roles in recent years — as George's mom Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld, and as the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story series, most recently doing the voice-over for the 2019 film Toy Story 4.
William Daniels, 94
Daniels, perhaps best known as Boy Meets World's beloved Mr. Feeny, still hangs with his castmates, joining them for a hilarious photo op at the Boston Comic-Con Fan Expo in August 2019.
William Shatner, 90
The Star Trek actor with the iconic voice (whose movie Senior Moment drops in theaters and on VOD March 26) celebrated entering his 90s by joking on Twitter: "Well! I must say that the reaction to a 90th birthday is overwhelming. Don't you people have better things to do?"
Harry Belafonte, 94
The actor-musician-activist — who suffered a seizure in 2015 — came out of retirement to shoot a stirring scene for Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated 2018 film BlacKkKlansman. "He walked onto the set, and we were all shook," Lee told Deadline. "He shot the scene three times, shook hands and posed for pictures with everyone, gave me a hug and he was out of there."
Gene Hackman, 91
The actor, known for roles in The French Connection, Hoosiers and The Royal Tenenbaums, turned 91 in 2021 — about 15 years after his retirement from acting.
"I miss the actual acting part of it, as it's what I did for almost 60 years, and I really loved that. But the business for me is very stressful," he told Reuters in 2008. "It had gotten to a point where I just didn't feel like I wanted to do it anymore."
Hackman channels his creative energy into writing (his most recent book, Pursuit, came out in 2013) — but his fans are as ardent as ever, coming out en masse online to celebrate his 90th.
James Earl Jones, 90
The esteemed actor joined the club on Jan. 17, 2021.
"I'll make an exception and enjoy a slice of strawberry shortcake, my favorite!" he told USA Today via email of the low-key festivities at his home in upstate New York. Jones, who plans to continue acting "for as long as I can," added that he's "feeling fantastic and grateful."
"Looking back at my life and extensive career, I am so proud of my work and accomplishments. I love growing older and wiser with time," he said.
Betty White, 99
Dick Van Dyke, 95
In his cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, Van Dyke has hardly aged a day since he starred in the 1964 original.
Angela Lansbury, 95
Lansbury, who turned 95 on Oct. 16, 2020, has made a new generation of fans in practically every decade of her life — from her theater roles to her turn as a manipulative matriarch in The Manchurian Candidate to her role as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and, most recently, in Mary Poppins Returns.
Clint Eastwood, 90
The prolific actor/director joined the club on May 31, 2020, when he turned 90.
In a December 2019 chat with Ellen DeGeneres, he got candid about aging, saying, "I don't think about it," adding with a laugh, "I sometimes think, when I was a little kid and I used to hang out with my grandfather who was in his 90s, and I thought, 'Jesus, who the h— would want to live this long!' "
Barbara Walters, 91
Though she's stepped away from the spotlight recently, the iconic journalist was not forgotten on her Sept. 25, 2019, milestone 90th birthday, with the ladies of The View wishing her well on-air.
"Happy birthday to the reason we are all sitting around this Hot Topics table today — it is the birthday of the one and only Barbara Walters," Whoopi Goldberg said, eliciting cheers from the audience.
"Happy birthday, Barbara! Thanks for the gig!" she jokingly added.
Bob Newhart, 91
A recent addition to the club, the esteemed actor turned 90 on Sept. 5, 2019 — and celebrated in Las Vegas! Days later he surfaced at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, playing a part in a bit about comedy legends that figured life-like statues of George Burns and Lucille Ball. When Ben Stiller, who did the segment, got to Newhart, the actor wryly reminded him, "I'm still alive."
"You put me with George and Lucy and it's weird," Newhart said. "Like I was in some weird museum of comedy."
"It's more like legends of comedy," Stiller insisted, riffing. "Alive, dead … all different types of comedy!"
But Newhart wasn't buying it. "This legend is going to kick your ass, that way you'll know I'm alive," he said. "You thought I was dead!"
Ed Asner, 91
Eva Marie Saint, 96
Saint has been active as a voice actress recently, lending her pipes to Katara in the Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off The Legend of Korra.
Bob Barker, 97
Though he left The Price Is Right in 2007 after doing more than 6,000 episodes of the beloved game show, the TV star has stayed busy behind the scenes, especially when it comes to his animal activism.
Sidney Poitier, 94
The first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, Poitier was happily walking red carpets as recently as 2017, and in 2016, was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship.
Norman Lear, 98
Lear is still busy writing and producing, most recently creating the beloved One Day at a Time revival and teaming up with Lin-Manuel Miranda for a documentary about longtime friend Rita Moreno.
Gena Rowlands, 90
The actress, now retired, had been working since 1955 — but gained a whole new generation of fans with her memorable role as Allie in 2004's The Notebook.
Mel Brooks, 94
Just a few years ago, the iconic funnyman found himself starstruck at the BAFTA Awards when he met the one and only Prince William. "It was actually a bit of a thrill," Brooks said at the BAFTA after show dinner. "[William] is such a decent, intelligent and caring man. He cares about people and he was so lovely. He's a wonderful guy. A really wonderful guy. He wished me well and said, 'Continue your marvelous career.' And I said, 'And continue yours, sir!' "
David Attenborough, 94
A comrade of the queen, beloved television host and natural historian, Attenborough won a Primetime Emmy Award for narrating Blue Planet II — and recently spent some time with Prince William and Kate Middleton's children answering questions about animals.
Tony Bennett, 94
At the age of 94, Bennett has combined his love of performing live with his love of social media — recently sharing a video of himself crooning "The Way You Look Tonight" safely from home during the pandemic.
Berry Gordy, 91
The founder of Motown Records, responsible for launching the careers of The Supremes, the Jackson Five and Stevie Wonder, among many others, still keeps busy; in the past decade, he oversaw a musical about his life and successes.
Tippi Hedren, 91
The Alfred Hitchcock muse (and star of The Birds) turned 90 in 2020. Her Hollywood legacy is strong: She's mother to Melanie Griffith and grandmother to Dakota Johnson.
June Squibb, 91
The actress received an Oscar nomination at age 84 for her role in Nebraska, and hasn't slowed down since — you've seen her in 2020's Palm Springs, Godmothered and Hubie Halloween.
Johnny Gilbert, 92
Gilbert, whose career in entertainment has spanned nearly 70 years (and even included two albums), has been the voice you've heard introducing Alex Trebek on every episode of Jeopardy from the host's first turn in 1984 to his last, filmed in 2020 before he passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 92
A German Jewish refugee whose parents died in Auschwitz during the Holocaust, Dr. Ruth immigrated to the United States in 1956 and began to pursue her post-doctoral studies in human sexuality. In 1980, she launched her radio career, eventually hosting the call-in show Sexually Speaking and becoming a phenomenon that changed the way Americans spoke about sex. In 2019, a documentary about her life debuted.
Buzz Aldrin, 91
The astronaut became the first human to set foot on the moon in July 1969, when his Apollo 11 mission landed on the lunar surface. He has since earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom, written nine books and continues to promote space exploration.
Robert Wagner, 91
The actor had been working in film for nearly 20 years before hitting it big in the late '60s and '70s with roles on TV's It Takes a Thief, Switch and Hart to Hart. He still acts on TV, most recently in NCIS.
Liz Sheridan, 91
The actress has worked steadily on TV on series such as ALF, Kojak and Who's the Boss?, but is probably best-known for playing Jerry's mom Helen on Seinfeld.