The other day, marking the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, we noted 5 old-time Hollywood film stars who are still alive today. But Kirk Douglas, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine, Mickey Rooney and Doris Day aren’t the only ones still kicking around. Here are five more:
Lauren Bacall (aged 86)
One of the great film noir icons of the 40’s, Bacall made her name in her first film, To Have and Have Not (1944) and then went on to star in two more film noir classics, The Big Sleep (1946) and Key Largo (1948). She’s kept busy ever since, in films such as The Shootist (1976) and Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003). She also had a small role as the literary agent in Rob Reiner’s Misery (1990), and these days she’s still busy doing voiceover work.
Celeste Holm (aged 93)
Holm won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and later co-starred in hits such as All About Eve (1950), The Tender Trap (1955) and High Society (1956). However, she later focused more on theatre work than cinema, becoming one of the biggest stars on Broadway. She’s still working, and got married on her 87th birthday.
Herbert Lom (aged 93)
Lom is probably best known for playing Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films, alongside Peter Sellers. But by that point, he already had a successful career and had been in such classics as Night and the City (1950), The Ladykillers (1955) and Spartacus (1960). He slowed down a little in the 1980’s but remained part of the Pink Panther series, even appearing in 1993’s Son of the Pink Panther alongside Roberto Benigni.
R.G. Armstrong (aged 93)
You may not recognise the name, but you’ll know the face. Armstrong’s career has seen him appear in such diverse films as Ride the High Country (1962), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) and Predator (1987). He’s most closely associated with directors Sam Peckinpah and Warren Beatty. Although Armstrong came onto the scene right at the end of the golden age of Hollywood, he was still working well into his 90’s before appareltly recently retiring due to poor vision.
Eli Wallach (aged 95)
Although he never became a truly global superstar, Wallach’s career is littered with classics, from The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Misfits (1961) to How the West Was Won (1962) and Lord Jim (1965). It’s for westerns that he’s best known, having also starred in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in America (1968). He most recently appeared in Oliver Stone’s patchy Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps.