21 Incredible Actors Who Are Just About Ageless

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Some actors have always looked old. Funny as it sounds, you can’t picture them young. And some actors were practically babies when they started; you can track their movies in order. (Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio, for example.) You’re probably picturing one right now, aren’t you?

But there are some, a lucky few, who seem nearly ageless. It’s as if they were born fifty years old and they’ll remain fifty years old until they pass away at 87. Not all ageless people are the same, but there’s a unifying something, a sort of perseverance or preservation.

If movies were a measure of time, it would be way too easy to forget how much time flies when certain actors have always looked the same. Here are a few of them, according to the popular consensus of an online film forum. 

1. Morgan Freeman 

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Thick white Afro hair, a matching beard, and a deep baritone; you’d probably guess who we’re talking about even if there wasn’t a picture. He even got to play God in Bruce Almighty (2003) and Evan Almighty (2007). It’s all thanks to that velvety voice of his. The actor has been featured in other popular movies and bagged many awards. He’s the “godfather” of Hollywood, and we can’t think of a time he wasn’t. 

2. Tommy Lee Jones 

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The majority of Jones’ on-screen characters showcase a cantankerous and assured demeanor. He excels in every role and makes his movies worthwhile. However, can you fathom a time when he didn’t bear the same appearance as he does presently? Impossible, right? He’s one of the few who has seemed to be about 75 years old for decades now, and we’ve got to respect him for continuing to work well past the age most people hope to retire.

3. Max von Sydow 

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He ate the Jesus Christ role in the epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). He played the part of the perfect protagonist. In his other roles as a villain, he portrayed malevolence with an artistic flair that made it seem worthy of imitation. Sadly, von Sydow passed away in 2020 at the age of 90. Rest in peace.

4. Christopher Llyod 

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He was the famous Commander Kruge in Star Trek III (1984). You’d appreciate him if you’re a fan (and who isn’t?) He gives off a menacing yet sweet look. he’s become so synonymous with his roles that even some fans forget that he looks old simply because he’s always looked that way and it’s nothing new.

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5. John Hurt 

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He plays his on-screen roles so well that it hurts. One of the unique things about him was his voice. He could switch easily depending on his part and execute it as required. It is why the dragon stood out to us in the Merlin series (2008-2012). Still, pretty much like the entire cast of Merlin, he remained the same age for the longest time. That face could be anywhere from fifty to eighty-five, and we wouldn’t be able to tell, ya know?

6. Maggie Smith 

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She has played many roles and bagged awards to her name. Maggie is famously known for her role in Harry Potter (2001-2011) as Professor Minerva McGonagall. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? However, it looks like she has stayed the same throughout her movies. She also played in Downton Abbey (2010-2015); her grandmotherly roles capitalize on her mature appearance, and honestly we’re just wishing she was actually our grandmother.

7. Paul Giamatti 

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The fifty-six-year-old has remained the same through the years. Giamatti is found chiefly taking fatherly roles, making him seem way older. Also, he played the role of John Adams in the 2008 mini-series. It’s no wonder we got so used to him seeming old. If it weren’t for easy internet answers, we’d be scratching our heads to figure out his actual age; could be anywhere within a few decades!

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8. Charles Dance 

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Charles Dance has the kind of piercing gaze that makes him seem synonymous with the villainous roles he’s played over the years. That kind of friendly yet intimidating glare must take some practice! Witness his unwavering ruthlessness and commanding presence as exemplified in the character Tywin Lannister. The performance played flawlessly, underscoring his exceptional acting prowess. Across his diverse roles, you’ll observe a remarkable continuity in his appearance.

9. Walter Matthau 

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He certainly rings a bell to the millennials. Walter is famous for his roles in King Creole (1958) and A Face In The Crowd (1957). Most probably laughed their heads off while watching him as a coach in the movie The Bad News Bears (1967).  Although he passed away in 2000, his appearance then at 79 could have passed for late sixties, and much of his adult life, the changes in his appearance were largely imperceptible. 

10. Clint Eastwood 

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Grey hair and a watch-worthy TV personality sum him up. You’d laugh too hard at his comedy roles to pay attention to his looks. Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel is proof of this. You wouldn’t have guessed he’s ninety-three already, would you? Clint Eastwood is a household name, and he has been for decades now, though his appearance is years behind his real age. 

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11. Robert Duvall 

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He has been on the screens for a long while. This is probably why fans have overlooked that he’s always been old looking, especially in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), where he starred as Boo Radley. Since he’s kept his appearance nearly the same, it’s easy to skim over the seven decades of this man’s career in film and only think he’s aged about thirty years. 

12. Sam Elliot 

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He may be a small figure with a thick mustache, but his unique, deep voice always makes him stand out. Just as his voice has remained distinctive throughout the years, so have his looks. While he may be actually growing older, his signature lopsided smile is timeless.

13. Pat Morita 

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Mr. Miyagi is the character he became famous for. It’s hard to imagine his younger version; his image is imprinted as old as time. Although he left our world a few years ago, having him grace our screens was an honor. 

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14. Laurence Fishburne 

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Remember Morpheus in the series The Matrix (1999)? He gives off a stern, authoritative, and radical vibe. The black American has remained the same and hardly changed despite age. Laurence Fishburne is one of those people who has never looked particularly young, and will also probably never look very old either. He’s seemed middle-aged for most of his life, and seems well set to stay that way.

15. Abe Vigoda 

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He was “Tessio” in The Godfather (1972) series. You’ll agree he did an excellent job on the character. It doesn’t change how he hardly ever aged on screen, or before. It begs the question of whether he was born that way. From youth to old age, Vigoda had such a unique persona and expression that age was truly just a number which never really describe the man.

16. Meryl Streep

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If we had to hazard a guess, Meryl Streep’s key to youthfulness is that instead of trying to look young, she just looks classic. Streep has a timeless style that was probably pretty well represented in the costuming of The Devil Wears Prada (2006). There’s an elegance to Meryl Streep that surpasses age, and she’ll outlive her own life with her timeless roles.

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17. Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen is famous for many roles, but possibly the best known is his portrayal of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (2001). And much like Gandalf, it’s hard to know if Ian himself has any beginning or end. He seems simply wise and endearing, timeless and surprising all at once. At eighty-four years, that’s quite an accomplishment.

18. Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks has become one of America’s favorites. He’s not as flashy as other celebrities, like younger actresses or pop stars, but he’s got steadiness. Moreover, Hanks has played a lot of similar roles in a lot of similar films: for example, there’s the self-sacrificing hero roles he plays in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Greyhound (2020), and even a little in Forrest Gump (1994). And of course, the unforgettable Cast Away (2000) and so many others.

19. Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman is another of those actors who seems to have been born at least thirty-five years old, and won’t look any older than fifty until suddenly he’s ninety. He’s most noted for his role in Sherlock (2010-2017), as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (2012), and his role in the UK version of The Office (2001-2003). Besides being timeless, Martin Freeman is fun, and he brings a jovial spirit to his roles that will establish him as a classic.

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20. Imelda Staunton

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Imelda Staunton is most known now for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown (2016-2023), but millennials will also remember her role as Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter (2007), one of the most hated characters second only to Voldemort. Or perhaps even just a smidge more than Voldemort, because of her inherent cruelty. Regardless, Imelda has a wide range of acting ability, and despite the horror that is Umbridge’s character, Staunton has endeared herself to the public.

21. Benedict Cumberbatch

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Most of these actors and actresses seem to have achieved timelessness somewhere near middle age, but if Benedict Cumberbatch told us he was 30, we’d probably still believe him. There’s a youthfulness to his face, and an energetic intensity he brings to his roles that it’s impossible to think of him as nearly fifty. Between Sherlock (2010-2017), Doctor Strange (2016), The Imitation Game (2014) and especially his latest role in Henry Sugar (2023), Cumberbatch has won us all over with his charm and acting repertoire.

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