Methuselah's Army (Centenarian Celebrities, Past & Present)

by Brakathor | created - 09 Mar 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

As a young man with considerable health problems, nothing impresses me more than other human beings who can find both the will and the means to live to a ripe old age, especially if they're able to maintain their fitness for a long time. To that effect, the entertainment industry I find makes for a particularly interesting case study, as most actors who work with any consistency will be maintaining a serious level of health and fitness as compared to a lot of professions, given the demands of the industry.

There's something about that threshold of 100 which really is special. Once people reach 90 or so, regardless of how healthy or well lived they were, their will and their body parts begin to fail them, and they start dropping like flies. If you look around you and observe all the pitfalls that one can succumb to, it really is quite an amazing accomplishment for somebody to beat the odds and achieve that coveted age of magisterial grace, the title of centenarian.

This list is ordered by longevity. I will also be including any celebrity over 90 who I think has a good shot of making it to 100, because... why not? Saves future editing headaches. If they die before 100 then off they go! ...unless of course I die before I can remove them. Then there would be no one to edit this list and it will gradually lose most of its credibility. What a conundrum...


By Gender - 90 Women + 65 Men = 156 total

By Nationality

American: 65 French: 15 - (9.6% or 0.0223 per capita by population) British: 12 - (7.7% or 0.0181 per capita by population) German: 11 - (7% or 0.0132 per capita by population) Italian: 10 - (6.4% or 0.0165 per capita by population) Japanese: 3 - (1.9%) Russian: 3 - (1.9%) Mexican: 3 - (1.9%) Polish: 3 - (1.9%) Spanish: 3 - (1.9%) Czechoslovakian: 3 - (1.9%) Norwegian: 2 - (1.3%) Swedish: 2 - (1.3%) Hungarian: 2 - (1.3%) Austrian: 2 - (1.3%) Australian: 2 - (1.3%) Canadian: 2 - (1.3%) Brazilian: 2 - (1.3%) Swiss: 2 - (1.3%) Dutch: 1 - (0.6%) Finnish: 1 - (0.6%) Danish: 1 - (0.6%) Argentinian: 1 - (0.6%) Portuguese: 1 - (0.6%) Yugoslavian: 1 - (0.6%) Indian: 1 - (0.6%) Chinese: 1 - (0.6%)


Note: In determining nationality for the purpose of these stats, greater emphasis has been placed upon naturalization as opposed to country of origin, for two basic reasons. (1) I'm of the opinion that a greater correlation can be made with longevity and culture/lifestyle, rather than ethnic genetics. That being said, while I'm aware that this will be based ultimately on the attitudes of the individual, and it's very difficult to determine exactly which culture is influencing their lifestyle, I'm still of the opinion that on average when one makes a decision to relocate to another country, it's because they're attracted to that country's culture and are therefore more likely to be influenced by it rather than that of their birth country, though not always. (2) If you disagree with premise one, then I think I can still comfortably fall back on the fact that their artistic base, and the specific national industry that they're a part of is what qualifies them on this list as celebrities in the first place. Regardless of where you were born, if you're an actor and the vast majority of your films are American films, then you're an American actor whether you like it or not!

Note the 2nd: The above stats are not at all scientific, as although I watch a lot of international movies, I tend to shy away from Asian movies, with my focus mainly directed towards the European and Latin world, with American Cinema of course being impossible to dismiss. Why? Aside from Lingual and cultural reasons, it's largely because I don't find Asian women attractive, despite the fact that a lot of fun horror movies come from Asia, and when I look up actors, I tend to look up female actors, or "actresses" as they're sometimes known, much more regularly than I look up male actors, which in turn is what leads me to browse further movies and further actor bios etc. Ironically this is going to be great for feminists, despite it being the case only for "toxic male" reasons. At any rate, this list exists for one reason and one reason only: my interest in viewing and cataloging old movies can only be described as obsessive. OBSESSIVE.

1. Germaine Auger

Actress | Théodore et Cie

Germaine Auger was born on June 13, 1889 in Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France. She was an actress, known for Theodore and Company (1933), Tout pour rien (1933) and Rothchild (1933). She died on August 24, 2001 in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Died aged 112 years, 72 days.

(1889-06-13 - 2001-08-24)


2. Carmen Martínez Sierra

Actress | Historias para no dormir

Carmen Martínez Sierra was born on May 3, 1904 in Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain. She was an actress, known for Historias para no dormir (1966), Las ibéricas F.C. (1971) and Cinco almohadas para una noche (1974). She died on November 6, 2012 in Madrid.

Died aged 108 years, 186 days.

(1904-05-03 - 2012-11-06)


3. Johannes Heesters

Actor | Die Fledermaus

Johannes Heesters was born on December 5, 1903 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands as Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters. He was an actor, known for Die Fledermaus (1946), Whirled into Happiness (1951) and Im Weissen Rössl (1952). He was married to Simone Rethel and Wiesje Ghijs. He died on ...

Died aged 108 years, 19 days.

(1903-12-05 - 2011-12-24)


4. George Abbott

Writer | Damn Yankees

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

Died aged 107 years, 220 days.

(1887-06-25 - 1995-01-31)


5. Monika Greving

Actress | Froher Herbst des Lebens

Monika Greving was born in 1914. She is an actress, known for Froher Herbst des Lebens (1961), Heiße Ernte (1956) and Tatort (1970).

107 years old


6. Hildegard Busse

Actress | Brass Target

Hildegard Busse was born on May 17, 1914 in Germany. She is an actress, known for Brass Target (1978), Der Mann, der nicht nein sagen kann (1938) and Two Friends (1938).

107 years old


7. Alfredo Varelli

Writer | 30 Winchester per El Diablo

Alfredo Varelli was born on August 31, 1914 in Saracinesco, Lazio, Italy as Alfredo Ciavarella. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Gold Train (1965), The Pagans (1953) and Pontius Pilate (1962).

107 years old


8. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

107 years old


Died aged 106 years, 214 days.

(1901-02-15 - 2007-09-17)


10. Tonio Selwart

Actor | The Other Side of the Wind

Tonio Selwart was born on June 9, 1896 in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany as Anton Th. Selmair. He was an actor, known for The Other Side of the Wind (2018), Wilson (1944) and The Hitler Gang (1944). He died on November 2, 2002 in New York, USA.

Died aged 106 years, 146 days.

(1896-06-09 - 2002-11-02)


11. Manoel de Oliveira

Director | Os Canibais

Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Os Canibais (1988), I'm Going Home (2001) and Christopher Columbus, the Enigma (2007). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de Meneses de Almeida ...

Died aged 106 years, 112 days.

(1908-12-11 - 2015-04-02)


12. Lupita Tovar

Actress | María

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lupita Tovar appeared first in silent Fox films before making the move to Universal and co-starring in the Spanish-language version of 1930's "The Cat Creeps" (La voluntad del muerto (1930)). For the same producer, Czech-born Paul Kohner, she appeared as Eva Seward (the ...

Died 106 years, 108 days.

(1910-07-27 - 2016-11-12)


13. Doris Eaton

Actress | Man on the Moon

Doris Eaton was born in Norfolk, Virginia, into a show business family. The young Doris began appearing on stage with her brothers Charles and Joseph and her sisters Mary and Pearl when she was five years old. She made her Broadway debut aside her brother Charles in "Mother Carey's Chickens" in ...

Died aged 106 years, 58 days.

(1904-03-14 - 2010-05-11)


14. Julie Gibson

Actress | The Contender

Julie Gibson was born on September 6, 1913 in Grant County, Washington, USA as Gladys Camille Sorey. She is known for her work on The Contender (1944), Bowery Buckaroos (1947) and Chick Carter, Detective (1946). She was married to Charles Barton, Dean Dillman Jr. and Jimmie Grier. She died on ...

Died aged 106 years, 26 Days.

(1913-09-06 - 2019-10-02)


14. Heidi Joschko

Actress | Der Sommer des Falken

Heidi Joschko was born in 1915. She is an actress, known for The Summer of the Hawk (1988), A Love in Germany (1983) and Hungerjahre - in einem reichen Land (1980).

106 years old


16. Rita Livesi

Actress | Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana

Rita Livesi was born on March 4, 1915 in Siligo, Sardinia, Italy as Maria Rita Livesi. She is an actress, known for Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (1983), Canne al vento (1958) and Cavalleria (1936).

106 years old


17. Mary Ward

Actress | Blue Heelers

Mary Ward was born on March 6, 1915 in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. She was an actress, known for Blue Heelers (1994), If This Be Sin (1949) and Homicide (1964). She died on July 19, 2021 in Murrumbeena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

106 years old


18. Miguel Morayta

Director | El mártir del Calvario

Miguel Morayta was born on August 15, 1907 in Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain as Miguel Morayta Martínez. He was a director and writer, known for El mártir del Calvario (1952), Tramp (1950) and Camino del infierno (1951). He died on June 19, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Died aged 105 years, 308 days.

(1907-08-15 - 2013-06-19)


19. Pierre Gérald

Actor | Highlander

Pierre Gérald was born on May 26, 1906 in Paris, France as Victor Haïm Cohen. He was an actor, known for Highlander (1992), Hunting and Gathering (2007) and Les dossiers de Jérôme Randax (1965). He died on March 24, 2012 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

Died aged 105 years, 303 days.

(1906-05-26 - 2012-03-24)


20. Rosa Albach-Retty

Actress | Geld auf der Straße

Rosa Albach-Retty was born on December 26, 1874 in Hanau, Hesse, Germany as Rosa Clara Franziska Helene Retty. She was an actress, known for Geld auf der Straße (1930), Der Kongreß tanzt (1955) and Episode (1935). She was married to Karl Albach. She died on August 26, 1980 in Baden, ...

Died aged 105 years, 246 days.

(1874-12-26 - 1980-08-26)


21. Mary Ellis

Actress | Bella Donna

A promising star first with the Metropolitan Opera than on the Broadway and London stages, soprano Mary Ellis had little chance to prove herself as either a musical or dramatic film star with only a few creaky vehicles left for audiences to ponder. Her versatility on stage, however, was extensive, ...

Died aged 105 years, 229 days.

(1897-06-15 - 2003-01-30)


22. Liane Haid

Actress | Marquis d'Eon, der Spion der Pompadour

Liane Haid was a prima ballerina, dancer, singer, stage and film actress. As a child, she studied voice and dancing and played at the Viennese Open Ballet. She worked in Budapest and Vienna as a dancer. On stage, she was in Berlin and Vienna. She also made close to a hundred movies - silents and ...

Died aged 105 years, 104 days.

(1895-08-16 - 2000-11-28)


23. Don Lusk

Animation_department | Lady and the Tramp

Don Lusk was born on October 28, 1913 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Donald Ross Lusk. He is known for his work on Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Cinderella (1950). He was married to Marjorie Gummerson. He died on December 30, 2018 in San Clemente, California.

Died aged 105, 63 days.

(1913-10-28 - 2018-12-30)


24. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and When Harry Met Sally... (1989). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, ...

Died aged 105 years, 55 days.

(1912-11-27 - 2018-01-21)


25. Lily Vincenti

Actress | Los hijos de la noche

Lily Vincenti was born on October 13, 1916 in Paris. She is an actress, known for Los hijos de la noche (1939), Gli uomini non sono ingrati (1937) and Una conquista difícil (1941).

105 years old


26. Luise Rainer

Actress | The Great Ziegfeld

Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a ...

Died aged 104 years, 352 days.

(1910-01-12 - 2014-12-30)


26. Audrey Munson

Actress | Purity

Audrey Munson was a model and actress who achieved fame in the early part of the 20th Century in the United States. Born on June 8, 1891, in Rochester, New York, Munson was the only child produced by the marriage of Edgar Munson and Katherine Mahoney Munson. After her parents divorced, Munson was ...

Died aged 104 years, 257 days.

(1891-06-08 - 1996-02-20)


27. Carla Laemmle

Actress | The Adventures of Frank Merriwell

Carla Laemmle was born on October 20, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle. She is known for her work on The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936), The Gate Crasher (1928) and The Vampire Hunters Club (2001). She died on June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died aged 104 years, 235 days.

(1909-10-20 - 2014-06-12)


27. Lukas Ammann

Actor | Hast noch der Söhne ja...?

Lukas Ammann was born on September 29, 1912 in Basel, Switzerland. He was an actor and director, known for Hast noch der Söhne ja...? (1959), Bel-Ami Der Frauenheld von Paris (1955) and Bel Ami (1955). He was married to Liselotte Ebnet, Hedda Ippen and Hertha Heger. He died on May 3, 2017 in ...

Died aged 104, 216 days.

(1912-09-29 - 2017-05-03)


28. Arthur Gardner

Producer | Safari 3000

Jules V. Levy, Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven met in 1943 in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Force; they were stationed at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, CA (with other notables such as Capt. Ronald Reagan, Capt. Clark Gable and Lt. William Holden, etc.), making training films...

Died aged 104 years, 195 days.

(1910-06-07 - 2014-12-19)


29. Mary Carlisle

Actress | The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

She was the standard prototype of the porcelain-pretty collegiate and starry-eyed romantic interest in a host of Depression-era films and although her name may not ring a bell to most, Mary Carlisle enjoyed a fairly solid decade in the cinematic limelight.

The petite Boston-born, blue-eyed blonde ...

Died at aged 104 years, 179 days.

(1914-02-03 - 2018-08-01)


30. Neal Arden

Actor | Life of St. Paul

Neal Arden was born on December 27, 1909 in Fulham, London, England as Arthur Neal Aiston. He was an actor, known for Life of St. Paul (1938), The Best House in London (1969) and Department S (1969). He was married to Julia Byfield and Dorothy Brown. He died on June 4, 2014 in Huntingdon, ...

Died aged 104 years, 159 days.

(1909-12-27 - 2014-06-04)


33. Anna Maria Bottini

Actress | Il gattopardo

Anna Maria Bottini was born on March 24, 1916 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She was an actress, known for The Leopard (1963), I figli del marchese Lucera (1939) and The Walk (1953). She was married to Tino Bianchi. She died on August 9, 2020 in Giove, Umbria, Italy.

Died aged 104 years, 138 days.

(1916-03-24 - 2020-08-09) - (26 leap year days) - (104 new years celebrated) - (34 IMDB acting credits)


35. Léo Marjane

Soundtrack | The Quiet American

Léo Marjane was born on August 26, 1912 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France as Thérèse Maria Léonie Gendebien. She was an actress, known for The Quiet American (2002), Elena and Her Men (1956) and Feu Nicolas (1943). She was married to Charles de Ladoucette and Raymond Gérard. She died on ...

Lived 104 years, 113 days.

(1912-08-27 - 2016-12-18)


36. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

Died aged 104 years, 25 days.

(1916-07-01 - 2020-07-26) - (26 leap year days) - (104 new years celebrated) - (61 IMDB acting credits)


37. Herman Wouk

Writer | The Caine Mutiny

Herman Wouk was born on May 27, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Caine Mutiny (1954), Slattery's Hurricane (1949) and Her First Romance (1951). He was married to Betty Sarah Brown. He died on May 17, 2019 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Died aged 103 years, 355 days.

(1915-05-27 - 2019-05-17)


38. Yvette Lebon

Actress | Michel Strogoff

Yvette Lebon was born on August 14, 1910 in Paris, France as Simone Lebon. She was an actress, known for Michel Strogoff (1936), Paméla (1945) and Ulysses Against Hercules (1962). She was married to Nat Wachsberger and Roger Duchesne. She died on July 28, 2014 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, ...

Died aged 103 years, 348 days.

(1910-08-14 - 2014-07-28)


39. Jarmila Lhotová

Actress | Cerný plamen

Jarmila Lhotová was born on September 11, 1902. She was an actress, known for Cerný plamen (1930), Jindra, the Countess Ostrovín (1934) and Loretánské zvonky (1929). She died on August 23, 2006 in Vermont, USA.

Died at 103 years, 347

(1902-09-11 - 2006-08-23)


39. Stein Grieg Halvorsen

Actor | Fru Inger til Østråt

Stein Grieg Halvorsen was born on October 19, 1909 in Oslo, Norway as Halvor Bernt Stein Grieg Halvorsen. He was an actor, known for Lady Inger of Ostrat (1975), Peer Gynt (1993) and The Bachelor Father (1935). He was married to Vibe Falk and Else Thaulow. He died on November 11, 2013.

Aged 104 years, 23 days.

(1909-10-19 - 2013-11-11)


39. Randi Lindtner Næss

Actress | Maksveringar

Norwegian stage actress at the national stage in Bergen between 1925-1990. Films and TV performances regrettable few. Her vitality made her a favorite in operettas and comedies, specially in plays by Ludvig Holberg. On 11th May 2005 she vigorously celebrated her 100th birthday! Her children Berit ...

Died aged 104 years, 9 days.

(1905-05-11 - 2009-05-20) - (26 leap year days) - (104 new years celebrated) - (4 IMDB acting credits)


39. Georgette Reyevski

Actress | A Bridge Too Far

Georgette Reyevski was born on February 12, 1910 in Antwerpen, Belgium. She was an actress, known for A Bridge Too Far (1977), Land van belofte (1959) and Verhalen van de straat (1993). She was married to Dominique Antoine Frederic Rimathe. She died on February 21, 2014 in Middenbeemster, ...

Died aged 104 years, 9 days.

(1910-02-12 - 2014-02-21) - (26 leap year days) - (104 new years celebrated) - (25 IMDB acting credits)


41. Barbara Kent

Actress | Lonesome

A pretty, diminutive (4'11") actress of the silent and early sound era, Barbara Cloutman (later Kent) was born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada on December 16, 1907. Upon graduating from Hollywood High School in 1925, Kent won the Miss Hollywood Pageant, and set her sights on a career in the movies. She ...

Died aged 103 years, 301 days.

(1907-12-16 - 2011-10-13)


42. Marie Glory

Actress | Monte Cristo

Marie Glory was born on March 3, 1905 in Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, France as Raymonde Louise Marcelle Toully. She was an actress, known for Monte Cristo (1929), An Ideal Woman (1934) and ...And God Created Woman (1956). She died on January 24, 2009 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

Died aged 103 years, 327 days.

(1905-03-03 - 2009-01-24)


43. Kathleen Harrison

Actress | Scrooge

Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years...

Died aged 103 years, 287 days.

(1892-02-23 - 1995-12-07)


43. Maciej Maciejewski

Actor | Krótki film o zabijaniu

Maciej Maciejewski was born on October 1, 1914 in Augustów, Poland, Russian Empire [now Augustów, Podlaskie, Poland]. He was an actor, known for A Short Film About Killing (1988), Kanal (1957) and Young Chopin (1952). He died on May 17, 2018 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

Died aged 103 years, 228 days.

(1914-10-01 - 2018-05-17)


44. Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

Director | Amore

Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia was born on July 8, 1894 in Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Amore (1936), Music on the Run (1943) and L'amore si fa così (1939). He died on January 3, 1998 in Rome, Lazio.

Died aged 103 years, 179 days.

(1894-07-08 - 1998-01-03)


46. Gertrude Jeannette

Actress | Shaft

Gertrude Jeannette was born on November 28, 1914 in Urbana, Arkansas, USA as Gertrude Hadley. She was an actress and producer, known for Shaft (1971), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Nothing But a Man (1964). She was married to Joe Jeanette. She died on April 4, 2018 in Harlem, Manhattan, New ...

Died aged 103 years, 127 days.

(1914-11-28 - 2018-04-04)


46. Miriam Seegar

Actress | Seven Keys to Baldpate

Miriam Seegar was born on September 1, 1907, to Frank and Carrie (née Wall) Seegar, both teachers. Raised in Greentown, Indiana, in the Seegar-Sewell home on 404 S. Main Street, she was the fourth of five daughters. Her sisters, known around town as the Seegar Sisters, were educator Helen ...

Died aged 103 years, 123 days.

(1907-09-01 - 2011-01-02)


48. Gisèle Casadesus

Actress | Les aventures de Casanova

Gisèle Casadesus was born on June 14, 1914 in Paris, France as Gisèle Tatiana Casadesus. She was an actress, known for Loves of Casanova (1947), Paméla (1945) and Sous le figuier (2012). She was married to Lucien Pascal. She died on September 24, 2017 in Paris.

Died aged 103 years, 102 days.

(1914-06-14 - 2017-09-24)


49. Vera Lynn

Soundtrack | Lolita

Vera Lynn was born on March 20, 1917 in East Ham, London, England as Vera Margaret Welch. She is known for her work on Lolita (1997), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Hellboy (2004). She was married to Harry Lewis. She died on June 18, 2020 in Ditchling, East Sussex, England.

Died aged 103, 90 days.

(1917-03-20 - 2020-06-18)


51. Patricia Morison

Actress | Dressed to Kill

Woefully misused while in her prime screen years at Paramount during the late '30s and '40s, Patricia Morison, lovely and exotic with Rapunzel-like long, dark hair, nevertheless became a star in her own right -- as a supremely talented diva on the singing stage.

Born on March 19, 1915, in New York ...

Died aged 103 years, 62 days.

(1915-03-19 - 2018-05-20)


51. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

Died aged 103 years, 58 days.

(1916-12-09 - 2020-02-05)


54. Wally Cassell

Actor | White Heat

Wally Cassell was born on March 3, 1912 in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy as Oswaldo Castellano. He was an actor, known for White Heat (1949), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Story of G.I. Joe (1945). He was married to Marcy McGuire. He died on April 2, 2015 in Palm Desert, California, USA.

Died aged 103 years, 30 days.

(1912-03-03 - 2015-04-02)


55. Anita Farra

Actress | Madrid de mis sueños

Anita Farra was born on July 15, 1905 in Venice, Veneto, Italy. She was an actress and writer, known for Madrid de mis sueños (1942), Pirates of Malaya (1941) and Story of a Love Affair (1950). She died on August 4, 2008.

Died aged 103 years, 20 days.

(1905-07-15 - 2008-08-04)


56. Leila Danette

Actress | Law & Order

Leila Danette was born on August 23, 1909 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. She was an actress, known for Law & Order (1990), Running on Empty (1988) and Third Watch (1999). She died on September 4, 2012.

Died aged 103 years, 12 days.

(1909-08-23 - 2012-09-04)


57. Mino Doro

Actor |

Mino Doro was born on May 6, 1903 in Venice, Veneto, Italy as Ermino Napoleone Doro di Costa di Vernassino. He was an actor, known for (1963), The Sweet Life (1960) and Una notte dopo l'opera (1942). He died on May 12, 2006 in Bellagio, Italy.

Died aged 103 years, 6 days.

(1903-05-06 - 2006-05-12)


58. Señor Wences

Final Approach

The Spanish born ventriloquist Senor Wences was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world. Hugely popular with American TV audiences Wences was also a top nightclub favorite.

Born Wenceslao Moreno in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca (Spain), Wences began performing ventriloquism as a ...

Died aged 103 years, 3 days.

(1896-04-17 - 1999-04-20)


59. Earl Cameron

Actor | Thunderball

Earl Cameron was born on August 8, 1917 in Pembroke, Bermuda. He was an actor, known for Thunderball (1965), Inception (2010) and The Interpreter (2005). He was married to Barbara Cameron and Audrey J. P. Godowski. He died on July 3, 2020 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.

Died aged 102 years, 330 days.

(1917-08-09 - 2020-07-03)


60. Marsha Hunt

Actress | Pride and Prejudice

Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or ...

104 years old


61. Suzy Delair

Actress | L'assassin habite... au 21

Prototype of the sexy cheeky French lady, Suzy Delair was discovered by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who became her companion and gave her two memorable roles : Mila Malou, inspector Wens' unbearable girlfriend in two films, The Last One of the Six (1941), which he wrote, and The Murderer Lives at Number...

Died aged, 102 years, 75 days.

(1917-12-31 - 2020-03-15)


62. Rina Franchetti

Actress | David Copperfield

Rina Franchetti was born on December 23, 1907 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Ester Girgenti. She was an actress, known for David Copperfield (1965), Le avventure di Nicola Nickleby (1958) and Il caso Maurizius (1961). She died on August 18, 2010 in Formello, Lazio, Italy.

Died 102 years, 238 days.

(1907-12-23 - 2009-08-18)


63. Elmo Williams

Editor | High Noon

Elmo Williams was born James Elmo Williams in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. Orphaned at 16, he attended schools in Oklahoma and New Mexico before moving to Los Angeles. In 1933 he struck up a relationship with film editor Merrill G. White, who hired Williams as his assistant on a business trip to England. ...

Died aged 102 years, 209 days.

(1913-04-30 - 2015-11-25)


64. Shep Houghton

Actor | Dragnet

Born George Shephard Houghton on June 4, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shep is the youngest of two sons born to George Henry Houghton and Mabell Viola Shephard. Far from being born into show business, his father was an insurance company representative who moved his family to Hollywood for business...

Died aged 102 years, 194 days.

(1914-06-04 - 2016-12-15)


65. Irwin Corey

Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...

Died aged 102 years, 192 days.

(1914-07-29 - 2017-02-06)


66. Carl Esmond

Actor | Sergeant York

Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts...

Died aged 102 years, 173 days.

(1902-06-14 - 2004-12-04)


67. Charles Lane

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious...

Died aged 102 years, 164 days.

(1903-01-26 - 2005-07-09)


68. Zohra Sehgal

Actress | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, better known as Zohra Sehgal, was born into a Sunni Muslim Rohilla Pathan family of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, on 27th April, 1912 in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India. However, unlike most other children of traditional households, Zohra Sehgal was a tomboy, who ...

Died aged 102 years, 74 days.

(1912-04-27 - 2014-07-10)


69. Dorothy Dickson

Actress | The Ringer

Dorothy Dickson was an American-born London theater star, who popularized the song, "Look for the Silver Lining", in Britain when she introduced it in London in 1921 in the Jerome Kern musical "Sally". She appeared on the New York stage and in the Ziegfield Follies before World War II.

In 1914, she ...

Died aged 102 years, 62 days.

(1893-07-25 - 1995-09-25)


70. John Calvert

Actor | Search for Danger

John Calvert was born on August 5, 1911 in New Trenton, Indiana, USA as Elbern Madren Calvert. He was an actor and director, known for Search for Danger (1949), Dark Venture (1956) and Gold Fever (1952). He was married to Tammy and Ann Cornell. He died on September 27, 2013 in Lancaster, California...

Died aged 102 years, 53 days.

(1911-08-05 - 2013-09-27)


71. Tatyana Karpova

Actress | Na podmostkakh stseny

Tatyana Karpova was born on January 17, 1916 in Kharkov, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire as Tatyana Mikhaylovna Karpova. She was an actress, known for Na podmostkakh stseny (1956), Tyoshcha (1974) and Igra bez pravil (1965). She was married to Dmitry Dolgopolsky, Evgeny Alexandrovich, ...

Died aged 102 years, 40 days.

(1916-01-17 - 2018-02-26)


72. Risto Orko

Production_manager | Herrat täysihoidossa

Risto Orko was born on September 15, 1899 in Rauma, Finland as Risto Eliel William Nylund. He was a producer and production manager, known for Herrat täysihoidossa (1933), Ne 45000 (1933) and Aktivistit (1939). He was married to Liisa Orko. He died on September 29, 2001 in Helsinki, Finland.

Died aged 102 years, 14 days.

(1899-09-15 - 2001-09-29)


73. Danuta Szaflarska

Actress | Pora umierac

Danuta Szaflarska was born on February 6, 1915 in Kosarzyska, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Kosarzyska, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Malopolskie, Poland] as Zofia Danuta Szaflarska. She was an actress, known for Time to Die (2007), Diably, diably (1991) and Pozegnanie z Maria (1993). She was married to Janusz ...

Died aged 102 years, 13 days.

(1915-02-06 - 2017-02-19)


74. Roger Karl

Actor | Boule de suif

One of the very few actors to have spent more than a hundred years on this earth and to have performed his art until he was over 90, Roger Karl (1882-1984) was an exceptionally gifted person who could have become an artist ('Pablo Picasso' was a friend of his) or a writer (he was close to Guillaume...

Died aged 102 years, 5 days.

(1882-04-29 - 1984-05-04)


75. Baby Peggy

Actress | Captain January

Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19 ...

Died aged 101 years, 118 days.

(1918-10-29 - 2020-02-24)


75. Dusty Anderson

Actress | A Thousand and One Nights

Dusty Anderson was born on December 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Ruth Laura Anderson. She was an actress, known for A Thousand and One Nights (1945), The Phantom Thief (1946) and Cover Girl (1944). She was married to Jean Negulesco and Charles Louis Arthur Mathieu Jr. She died on September 12, ...

101 years old


76. Fern Persons

Actress | Hoosiers

Fern Persons was born on July 27, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Fern Ball. She was an actress, known for Hoosiers (1986), Risky Business (1983) and Field of Dreams (1989). She was married to Max Persons. She died on July 22, 2012 in Littleton, Colorado, USA.

Died aged 101 years, 361 days.

(1910-07-27 - 2012-07-22)


77. Dorothy Stickney

Actress | I Never Sang for My Father

Dorothy, who was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, studied acting in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety in a Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; ...

Died aged 101 years, 346 days.

(1896-06-21 - 1998-06-02)


78. Irving Rapper

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Irving Rapper was one of the last surviving directors from the "Golden Age of Hollywood", passing away on Dec. 20, 1999, at the age of 101, four weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. Rapper is best remembered for the films he made with Bette Davis, including the classics Now, Voyager (1942) and The Corn...

Died aged 101 years, 338 days.

(1898-01-16 - 1999-12-20)


79. Xiaodan Tang

Director | Liao Zhongkai

June 19, 2005: was honored at the nationwide television special commemorating the Centennial of Chinese motion pictures.

Aged 101 years, 333 days.

(1910-02-22 - 2012-01-21)


80. Nina Andrycz

Actress | Uczta Baltazara

Nina Andrycz was born on November 11, 1912 in Brzesc, Poland, Russian Empire [now Brest, Belarus]. She was an actress, known for Uczta Baltazara (1954), Horror w Wesolych Bagniskach (1996) and And a Warm Heart (2008). She was married to Joseph Cyrankiewicz. She died on January 31, 2014 in Warsaw, ...

Died aged 101 years, 284 days.

(1912-11-11 - 2014-01-31)


81. Vilma Jamnická

Actress | Keby som mal pusku

Vilma Jamnická was born on November 13, 1906 in Barchov, Austria-Hungary. She is known for her work on If I Had a Gun (1971), Fontána pre Zuzanu (1986) and At the Eleventh Hour (1959). She died on August 12, 2008 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Died aged 101 years, 272 days.

(1906-11-13 - 2008-08-12)


82. Vladimir Zeldin

Actor | Desyat negrityat

Russian actor Vladimir Zeldin was born 10 February 1915 in Moscow, Russia. A centenarian, he was among the longest-serving stage performers and continued acting up until his death.

Zeldin became an all-Union celebrity in 1941 starring in the leading role in the musical comedy They Met in Moscow (...

Died aged 101 years, 264 days.

(1915-02-10 - 2016-10-31)


83. Mártha Eggerth

Actress | La chanson du souvenir

From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...

Died aged 101 years, 253 days.

(1912-04-17 - 2013-12-26)


84. Leslie H. Martinson

Director | Batman: The Movie

Leslie H. Martinson was born on January 16, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Herbert Leslie Martinson. He is known for his work on Batman (1966), Black Gold (1962) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He was married to Connie Martinson. He died on September 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died aged 101 years, 231 days.

(1915-01-16 in - 2016-09-03)


85. Richard L. Bare

Director | 77 Sunset Strip

Richard L. Bare was born on August 12, 1913 in Turlock, California, USA as Richard Leland Bare. He was a director and writer, known for 77 Sunset Strip (1958), I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1968) and Wicked, Wicked (1973). He was married to Gloria Jean Bailey, Jeanne Evans, Julie Van ...

Died aged 101 years, 228 days.

(1913-08-12 - 2015-03-28)


86. Ester Carloni

Actress | Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi

Ester Carloni was born on May 12, 1897 in Naples, Campania, Italy. She was an actress, known for Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi (1960), Fantasma d'amore (1981) and March's Child (1958). She died on December 24, 1998 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Died aged 101 years, 226 days.

(1897-05-12 - 1998-12-24)


87. Kurt Maetzig

Director | Das Kaninchen bin ich

Kurt Maetzig was born on January 25, 1911 in Berlin, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for The Rabbit Is Me (1965), Marriage in the Shadows (1947) and Die Buntkarierten (1949). He was married to Bärbel and Yvonne Merin. He died on August 8, 2012 in Wildkuhl, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, ...

Died aged 101 years, 196 days.

(1911-01-25 - 2012-08-08)


88. Mabel Trunnelle

Actress | The Master Passion

Mabel Trunnelle was born in Dwight, Illinois on November 8, 1879. A stage actress from the East Coast, Mabel was 32 when she appeared on the silver screen. In 1911 she was in A MODERN CINDERELLA, IN THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY, and THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, the latter being the most notable. Her last film...

Died aged 101 years, 172 days.

(1879-11-08 - 1981-04-29)


89. Ellen Albertini Dow

Actress | The Wedding Singer

The multifaceted Ellen Albertini was a student of dance and piano at the age of five, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. in theater from Cornell University. She moved to New York, and studied and worked with the legendary likes of Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Michael Shurtleff, Uta Hagen, Marcel Marceau, ...

Died aged 101 years, 169 days.

(1913-11-16 - 2015-05-04)


90. Norman Corwin

Writer | Lust for Life

Author, director, composer and producer, educated in public schools. He was a newspaperman for ten years, and then a writer, director and producer for CBS in New York. He served as chief of Special Projects for United Nations Radio, and was presented with a One World Award. Joining ASCAP in 1952, ...

Died aged 101 years, 168 days.

(1910-05-03 - 2011-10-18)


91. Irving Caesar

Soundtrack | Entrapment

Composer, songwriter ("Swanee", "Tea for Two", "Crazy Rhythm", "Just a Gigolo"), author and publisher, educated at Chautauqua Mountain Institute and City College of New York. He was a stenographer aboard the Henry Ford Peace Ship during World War I. He joined ASCAP in 1920 and was a director ...

Died aged 101 years, 166 days.

(1895-07-04 - 1996-12-17)


92. Estelle Winwood

Actress | The Producers

When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West...

Died aged 101 years, 148 days.

(1883-01-24 - 1984-06-20)


93. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Alexander's Ragtime Band

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

Died aged 101 years, 134 days.

(1888-05-11 - 1989-09-22)


94. Joli Jászai

Actress | Szerelem elsö vérig

Joli Jászai was born on May 21, 1907 in Rábatamási, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary]. She was an actress, known for Love Till First Blood (1986), Szerelmes szívek (1991) and Mami blú (1986). She died on September 26, 2008 in Piliscsaba, Hungary.

Died aged 101, 128 days.

(1907-05-21 - 2008-09-26)


95. Olaf Pooley

Actor | Star Trek: Voyager

He was born in Parkstone, Dorset, England. His father was English and his mother was Danish. Olaf was a student of architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and of painting at the Chelsea School of Art. In Paris, he studied under the tutelage of Marcel Grommaire, at the Acedemie ...

Died aged 101 years, 122 days.

(1914-03-14 - 2015-07-14)


96. Rosa Castro

Actress | Coney Island

Rosa Castro was born on January 31, 1906 in Caracas, Venezuela. She was an actress, known for Coney Island (1928), Death Flight (1934) and Convention Girl (1935). She was married to Ralph Ince. She died on May 24, 2007 in San Diego, California, USA.

Died aged 101 years, 113 days.

(1906-01-31 - 2007-05-24)


97. Athene Seyler

Actress | The Franchise Affair

Athene Seyler was born on May 31, 1889 in Hackney, London, England. She was an actress, known for The Franchise Affair (1951), Curse of the Demon (1957) and Drake the Pirate (1935). She was married to Nicholas Hannen and James Bury Sterndale-Bennett. She died on September 12, 1990 in Hammersmith, ...

Died aged 101 years, 104 days.

(1889-05-31 - 1990-09-12)


98. Amelia Bence

Actress | A sangre fría

Amelia Bence was born on November 13, 1914 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as María Amelia Batvinik. She was an actress, known for A sangre fría (1947), Dance of Fire (1949) and Lauracha (1946). She was married to Alberto Closas and Charlie Ortiz Basualdo. She died on February 8, 2016 in Buenos ...

Died aged 101 years, 87 days.

(1914-11-13 - 2016-02-08)


99. Erwin Geschonneck

Actor | Leute mit Flügeln

Erwin Geschonneck was born on 27 December 1906 in Bartenstein/East Prussia (now Poland). In the Twenties, he became a member of the Communistic Party of Germany. After rise of Nazism, he emigrated to Poland, later to Latvia and Czechoslovakia. In the Soviet Union he became a member of a German ...

Died aged 101 years, 75 days.

(1906-12-27 - 2008-03-12)


100. Christian Casadesus

Actor | Le capitaine jaune

Christian Casadesus was born on December 26, 1912 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Le capitaine jaune (1930), Student's Hotel (1932) and Tossing Ship (1932). He died on March 6, 2014.

Died aged 101 years, 70 days.

(1912-12-26 - 2014-03-06)


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