Celebrities Over 90 Years Old, Then & Now

See photos of William Daniels, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke and other nonagenarian stars from the beginning of their careers and now

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Joel Grey, 90

Joel Grey photographed in April 1964
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Welcome to the club! The Oscar and Tony Award-winning Cabaret star told PEOPLE on April 11, 2022, that he would be celebrating his birthday "with good friends."

But even as he enters his 10th decade, Grey is still a busy actor, recently making a cameo in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tick, Tick… Boom! and wrapping his work on the upcoming FX thriller The Old Man, starring Jeff Bridges.

When asked if he ever imagined becoming such a prolific actor as a young boy growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he told PEOPLE, "No! I didn't. I've never thought about it, actually, and I never thought [about] this number that I'd be associated with: 9-0."

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William Daniels, 95

William Daniels
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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.

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Robert Wagner, 92

Robert Wagner
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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.

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James Earl Jones, 91

James Earl Jones
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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.

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Rita Moreno, 90

Actress Rita Moreno premiere of "West Side Story."
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One of the few stars to earn an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), the actress turned 90 on Dec. 11, 2021, with decades of iconic, groundbreaking work to her name.

She's pictured here on the left attending the 1961 premiere of the original film, for which she won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita, and on the right at the 2021 premiere of the Steven Spielberg version, in which she plays a new character, Valentina.

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Barbara Eden, 90

Barbara Eden
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"I feel young," the I Dream of Jeannie star told Page Six shortly after her 90th birthday in August 2021.

In addition to maintaining an "active" social life, she credis regular workouts (she still has a trainer!) for her longevity.

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Bob Newhart, 92

Bob Newhart
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A more 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!"

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Iris Apfel, 100

Iris Apfel
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The beloved, bespectacled designer turned 100 on Aug. 29, 2021. "Everything about turning 100 is fantastic, but I really do believe that I'm still the world's oldest teenager," she joked to InStyle ahead of the big milestone.

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William Shatner, 91

William Shatner
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The Star Trek actor with the iconic voice 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?"

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Harry Belafonte, 95

Harry Belafonte
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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."

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Gene Hackman, 92

Gene Hackman
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The actor, known for roles in The French Connection, Hoosiers and The Royal Tenenbaums, turned 92 in 2022 — about 16 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.

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Dick Van Dyke, 96

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In his cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, Van Dyke has hardly aged a day since he starred in the 1964 original.

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Angela Lansbury, 96

Angela Lansbury
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Lansbury, who turned 96 on Oct. 16, 2021, 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.

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Clint Eastwood, 91

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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!' "

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Barbara Walters, 92

Barbara Walters
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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.

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Eva Marie Saint, 97

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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.

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Bob Barker, 98

Bob Barker
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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.

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Norman Lear, 99

Norman Lear,
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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.

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Gena Rowlands, 91

Gena Rowlands
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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.

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Mel Brooks, 95

Mel Brooks
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The iconic funnyman, who has had blockbuster success on TV, films and Broadway, has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down as he approaches 100 — in fact, he just released a memoir, All About Me!, in 2021, and is writing and executive producing a sequel to his hit A History of the World, Part I for Hulu.

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David Attenborough, 95

David Frederick Attenborough
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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.

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Tony Bennett, 95

Tony Bennett
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Despite an Alzheimer's diagnosis, which his family revealed at the beginning of 2021 (and which has caused him to retire), Bennett still finds joy in singing. In the "One Last Time" Radio City Music Hall performances with Lady Gaga, he effortlessly recalls all the words to his greatest hits.

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Berry Gordy, 92

Berry Gordy
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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.

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Tippi Hedren, 92

Tippi Hedren
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The Alfred Hitchcock muse (and star of The Birds) has had an incredibly interesting life, and her Hollywood legacy is strong: She's mother to Melanie Griffith and grandmother to Dakota Johnson.

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June Squibb, 92

June Squibb
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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.

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Johnny Gilbert, 93

Johnny Gilbert
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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.

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 93

Dr. Ruth
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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.

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Buzz Aldrin, 92

Buzz Aldrin
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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.

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