25 best septuagenarian-plus performances

Seeing as though the senior crowd is all the rage in Hollywood of late, it’s only fitting that a 25 best be dedicated to the all-time best performances by actors 70 and over. In my searching, I found that it’s a rare feat that Hollywood allows this magic to happen, but on the rare occasion non-twentysomethings garner some spotlight, magic can happen – peruse away!

25. John Gielgud (Arthur, 1981)
24. James Garner (Space Cowboys, 2000)
23. Estelle Harris (Toy Story 2, 1999)
22. Vincent Price (The Great Mouse Detective, 1986)
21. Maureen O’Sullivan (Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986)

20. Bette Davis (The Whales of August, 1987)
19. Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship…, 2001)
18. Jean Stapleton (You’ve Got Mail, 1998)
17. May Robson (Bringing Up Baby, 1938)
16. Lillian Gish (The Whales of August, 1987)

15. Alice Drummond (Pieces of April, 2003)
14. Carroll O’Connor (Return to Me, 2000)
13. Molly Picon (Fiddler on the Roof, 1971)
12. Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001)
11. Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild, 2007)

10. Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces, 1996)
9. Ed Asner (Up, 2009)
8. Lois Smith (Minority Report, 2002)
7. Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006)
6. Glynis Johns (While You Were Sleeping, 1995)

5. Gwen Verdon (Marvin’s Room, 1996)
4. Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond, 1981)
3. Eartha Kitt (The Emperor’s New Groove, 2000)
2. Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond, 1981)
1. Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal, 2006)

Who am I missing? Who are your favorite active seniors?

9 responses to “25 best septuagenarian-plus performances”

  1. Simon says :

    You got Kathy and Lauren, I think that about covers it.

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  3. Suzanne says :

    You got him – James Garner!

  4. Andrew: Encore Entertainment says :

    Sigh, at Kate and sigh at Lauren. That's all…but no Vanessa Redgrave?

  5. bedroom furniture beds says :

    In the weeks ahead, I expect a roar of the crowd for this show very dark and witty Judi Dench, and who knows, maybe she is tired of The Crown on end it comes to Oscar.

  6. Castor says :

    Sweet top 25! Consider yourself linked later this week 🙂

  7. Canada Drugs says :

    We Dame Judi Dench as a lonely teacher and mentor. In the other corner we have Cate Blanchett as the new art teacher frivolous, but loving that asks someone to take under its wing.

  8. Jose says :

    Aww no Gloria Stuart?I always forget how old Lauren Bacall is! She's just timeless to me.

  9. TomS says :

    Oh, you MUST consider these!!Oscar-Winner Art Carney, "Harry and Tonto:, 1974"Vanessa Redgrave, "Howard's End", 1991Julie Christie, "Away From Her", 2007

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