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Actors Who Looked "Old" for a LOOOONG Time


Recently we had a thread about Tom Selleck starting to look like Wilford Brimley, which lead to a discussion of his career, and something about Abe Vigoda, who seemed to be old forever. I thought we ought to have a thread just about people who seemed to be playing aged characters for a very long time. Sometimes they started playing "old" when they were young, but sometimes they got started late in life, and just kept on acting.


Burt Mustin -- he's the "poster child" (or, more accurately, "poster oldster") for this trope. If you're my age or a little younger, or you watch a lot of reruns of "classic TV", you probably know the face, if not the name. He started out acting in 1951 at the age of 67 and kept on going until his death in 1977. With his tall, thin, beak-nosed, balding, thin-necked look, he appeared to be extremely aged when he started out, but he just kept on going, appearing in lots of TV shows, and even being a regular on some -- He was "Gus the Fireman" in 15 episodes of "Leave it to Beaver", Jud CRowley in 14 episodes of "Andy Griffith", Justi Quigley in 4 episodes of "All in the Family", and Arthur Lanson (his last role) in four episodes of "Phyllis". He also appeared several times on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Mustin
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Walter Brennan -- Brennan didn't look that old when he appeared as a bicyclist in The Invisible Man (1933) , but he was old every other time I saw him (Nevertheless, he had a long career, going back into the silent. He DID look young, once.). He played the rummy, perpetually drunk companion of Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not in 1944, when he was 50. I first remember him as Grandpa Amos in the TV series The Real McCoys, when he was in his 60s. I also remember him from The Guns of Will Sonnett, when he was well into his seventies. I've got recordings of him reading from Mark Twain's worth at some unspecified age, but he sure as heck sounds like an old man. He was 80 when he died in 1974
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Abe Vigoda -- like many who posted, I remember him first from The Godfather (1972), when he was all of 51 (although he'd been in films since 1949). Only two years later he went on to play Detective Fish on Barney Miller, where his schtick was that he was "old", even though he only went from 53 to 60 in real life over the course of the show. He had a long career after that, appearing as late as 2014 when he was 92. He died two years later.
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Wilford Brimley -- He was almost always wearing that walrus moustache, which helped him look old (although he didn't have it in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)). Brimley born in 1934, and has been appearing in films since 1969 (he had a small part in the first version of True Grit). I don't recall that, and I never watched The Waltons, but I think every other time I've seen him he was The Old Crusty Guy, even though he was in his forties when I first saw him. He was only 50 when he played "Pop" Fisher in The Natural, and a year older when he played a character living in a retirement home in Cocoon. He wasn't all that old when he was touting the dietary advantages of Quaker Oats. Brimley's still around and, as of two years ago, acting. He's 86.
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Pat Morita was only 52 when he played Mr. Miyagi. I was gonna say he looked "ancient" but maybe that's not right, it's just that the gray/balding hair made him look older. I assumed the character was supposed to be in his 70s.

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Wilfrid Brambel. Best known to American audiences as Paul's Grandfather in A Hard Day's Night. He was 52 at that time.
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Burt Mustin -- he's the "poster child" (or, more accurately, "poster oldster") for this trope. If you're my age or a little younger, or you watch a lot of reruns of "classic TV", you probably know the face, if not the name. He started out acting in 1951 at the age of 67 and kept on going until his death in 1977. With his tall, thin, beak-nosed, balding, thin-necked look, he appeared to be extremely aged when he started out, but he just kept on going, appearing in lots of TV shows, and even being a regular on some -- He was "Gus the Fireman" in 15 episodes of "Leave it to Beaver", Jud CRowley in 14 episodes of "Andy Griffith", Justi Quigley in 4 episodes of "All in the Family", and Arthur Lanson (his last role) in four episodes of "Phyllis". He also appeared several times on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
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I often tell people that in my retirement I am going to be an actor and strive to be my generation's Burt Mustin. People my age know exactly who I am talking about.

To add to your list, Harry Morgan (Col. Potter from M.A.S.H.) seems to fit the bill. Always, to me anyway, appeared to be middle-aged or older. I never remember seeing him as a young man.
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To add to your list, Harry Morgan (Col. Potter from M.A.S.H.) seems to fit the bill. Always, to me anyway, appeared to be middle-aged or older. I never remember seeing him as a young man.
I think he looked fairly young in The Ox-bow Incident (1944) He was 30 at the time. I first remember him as my favorite character in December Bride, and its eponymous spinoff Pete and Gladys. I would call him early middle aged in those shows, and he was in fact 39 or so when December Bride started. He was 52 when he started Dragnet in 1967, and pretty much looked exactly that. So I think he was just an actor who got a little bit later start, and who wore well as he advanced from middle aged to older.
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Bea Arthur always seemed the same age no matter what point in her career. Though I know it's not accurate, in my mind's eye the pictures of her as Maude and Dorothy Zbornak are interchangeable.
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I often tell people that in my retirement I am going to be an actor and strive to be my generation's Burt Mustin. People my age know exactly who I am talking about.

To add to your list, Harry Morgan (Col. Potter from M.A.S.H.) seems to fit the bill. Always, to me anyway, appeared to be middle-aged or older. I never remember seeing him as a young man.
Agreed -- he was balding with white hair when he was in Pete and Gladys(1960-82, a spinoff of a role he's had on December Bride (1954-1959)), Kentucky Jones (1964-5), and in Dragnet '67 (and its increments). He looked pretty much the same when he appeared in the Dan Aykroyd/Tom Hanks movie Dragnet (1987).

I HAVE seen clips of him younger, with dark hair, but he always looked older in the TV shows and movies I grew up with.
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In the vein of Abe Vigoda, I always thought James Caan (who was 30-31 during filming of The Godfather) looked more like 40+ in that film. And it seems genetic--when I watched the Hawaii Five-0 reboot I was sure that Scott Caan had to be at least a decade older than Alex O'Loughlin. Come to find out, he was only one day older. Their faces seem to get lined and hard quite early.
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Louis Jones may be a special case. He started performing under the persona of "Grandpa" Jones when he was in his twenties. In this video from 1961, he would have actually been 48 years old.
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Harry Dean Stanton might qualify.
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Steve Martin has had white hair forever.
White Hair, yes, but he doesn't look old. More important, he hasn't played old for all the time he had white hair. He's pretty obviously playing a "young" guy in the 1970s and 1980s and even beyond.

He could've parlayed that white hair into playing an "old" guy" at an early age and keeping that parrarent age forever, pulling a "Count St. Germain"*, but he didn't.



*The REAL St. Germain, not Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's version.
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Andy Clyde -- he started playing old men in his 20s and continued for the rest of his life. Clyde in the early 30s. Thirty years later.
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Ernest Borgnine has always looked like a beer-bellied unhealthy living 55-60 years old throughout his whole career to me.

ETA: one more: Max von Sydow has always looked old.
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I was watching Major League (1989 film) with my sister several weeks ago. Bob Uecker (former Major League Baseball player, actor, and MLB play-by-play announcer) portrayed Cleveland's play-by-play man in the movie. I told my sister that Uecker still does play-by-play in real life for the Milwaukee Brewers. She noted how old he looked even in 1989! Afterwards I looked him up on Wikipedia, and he was born in 1934, so he was only about 55 at the time the movie came out.
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Harry Morgan certainly didn't look old in The Well, probably his best movie.
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Angela Landsbury was only 38 when she played Lawrence Harvey’s (35) mother in The Manchurian Candidate...and it wasn’t because Harvey looked young for his age.
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When James McDaniel was playing Lt. Arthur Fancy on "NYPD Blue," he seemed to be in his early/mid 50s. He was 35.
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Ernest Borgnine has always looked like a beer-bellied unhealthy living 55-60 years old throughout his whole career to me.

ETA: one more: Max von Sydow has always looked old.
Borgnine always looked middle-aged which is a different category but we can expand the scope of this thread to include it. Along with Borgnine, I would add Gene Hackman and Walter Matthau to the ranks of the perpetually middle-aged looking.
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Harry Morgan certainly didn't look old in The Well, probably his best movie.
Similarly in The Big Clock (1948), in which Morgan played the thug/muscleman/enforcer role. He was about 33 and was effective in the part.


A lot of this phenomenon, in general, is down to productions or studios or insurance companies preferring to hire younger, rather than older, performers. If you can get a 50-year-old to play the role of an 80-year-old, you will (theoretically) have fewer issues with the performer needing time to rest or being easily injured.

So specialists arose in the business. Some of them were so well-regarded that they were able to go on playing 80-year-olds even when they themselves approached that age.
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English actress Stephanie Cole played a cantankerous retirement home resident in Waiting for God at the age of 48.

David Jason had a recurring role as the elderly prisoner Blanco Webb in Porridge, while also playing the (somewhat) youthful Granville in Open All Hours.

Clive Dunn was also only 48 when cast as the 70 year old Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army.
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I always thought John Hurt looked kind of old.
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Ward Bond. Don't think I ever saw him in anything where he didn't look like an uncle or a grandfather. But then he was born in 1903, so by the time he was in Wagon Train he was in his 50s.

Strother Martin, who was usually playing the mayor of a western town or some other local elder or a smarmy bad guy.

Jack Elam always looked old to me when he wasn't just going for disreputable.

Lorne Greene always looked older than his years.
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Ed Asner has looked old forever. Even Lou Grant looked older than his stated age (mid 40s during MTM)
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Pat Morita was only 52 when he played Mr. Miyagi. I was gonna say he looked "ancient" but maybe that's not right, it's just that the gray/balding hair made him look older. I assumed the character was supposed to be in his 70s.
IIRC he was suppose to be 10 years older as his character fought in WW2 but IRL he was still a teen by the time the war ended.
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Pat Morita was only 52 when he played Mr. Miyagi. I was gonna say he looked "ancient" but maybe that's not right, it's just that the gray/balding hair made him look older. I assumed the character was supposed to be in his 70s.
I figured the character was in his early 60's going by the timeline. Mr. Miyagi served in WWII, say that at the end of the war he was 24. Thirty-nine more years brings the time to 1984, when the movie came out. So he would have been sixty-three, give or take a little.
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Borgnine always looked middle-aged which is a different category but we can expand the scope of this thread to include it. Along with Borgnine, I would add Gene Hackman and Walter Matthau to the ranks of the perpetually middle-aged looking.
Character actor James Tolkan always looked at least a decade older than his actual age.

Tolkan as Lt. Steiger in Serpico

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Ward Bond. Don't think I ever saw him in anything where he didn't look like an uncle or a grandfather. But then he was born in 1903, so by the time he was in Wagon Train he was in his 50s.

Strother Martin, who was usually playing the mayor of a western town or some other local elder or a smarmy bad guy.

Jack Elam always looked old to me when he wasn't just going for disreputable.

Lorne Greene always looked older than his years.
Jack Elam is a special case. He played a lot of crazy old guys later in his career, but had a solid career in westerns before he got walleyed.
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mrAru and I were watching some film or another yesterday morning and we were commenting on how whomever the actor was [or maybe the character in the flick] was about the same age mrAru was currently and that the person playing someone in their 30s was actually somewhere around 18 or 19 and that everything had shifted. mrAru looked like the guy in his 30s though he was 56, and that we remember what he looked like at 30 when we moved to Connecticut and it was what the 18 year old looked like, and we joked that the new crop of guys at submarine school looked like they were about 12 years old.

I know I don't have the gray hair [well, I do have gray, but as a family trait we go partially gray early, in our 20s and rarely go past 50 percent gray. I have a pic of my mom in her coffin at the age of 96 and her hair is about half gray] I don't have the wrinkles, though I do have the creaky achy bones, but that is as a result of a decade of sports injuries. mrAru has no hair, but he also has not the wrinkles, and he looks at best about 40 or so.
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Ian Wolfe looked old in 1930s, But I know him from WKRP as Hersh, Momma Carlson's ancient butler and Mr. Atoz from Star Trek. So when I saw him as the devil opposite Lionel Barrymore, I thought it must be a look alike father.
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Sir Patrick Stewart maintained a very consistent, "older but not too old" look for decades.

He was born in 1940, but thanks to going bald at a young age, he played older characters for a long time. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stewart was 47 when the series started, but his character, Jean-Luc Picard, was 59 at that point.

Stewart is now 79, and while he certainly looks older than he did in 1987, he doesn't really look 33 years older.

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Sir Patrick Stewart maintained a very consistent, "older but not too old" look for decades.

He was born in 1940, but thanks to going bald at a young age, he played older characters for a long time. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stewart was 47 when the series started, but his character, Jean-Luc Picard, was 59 at that point.

Stewart is now 79, and while he certainly looks older than he did in 1987, he doesn't really look 33 years older.
It might have been on this board that I recently read that Wil Wheaton is now the same age that Patrick Stewart was when ST:TNG premiered.

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Irene Ryan looked old as the hills long before she became Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies starting at age 62. All I can say is she must have been one heavy smoker.
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Jim Backus, the voice of Mr. Magoo and also Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island

Character actor Paul Ford was born old, I think.
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Irene Ryan looked old as the hills long before she became Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies starting at age 62. All I can say is she must have been one heavy smoker.
She was 41 in this clip.
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Lionel Jeffries

I remember him as Cavor in The First Men in the Moon, King Pellinore in Camelot, and similar parts, always playing a grandfatherly older man.

He played Dick Van Duke's father, Grandpa Bungie Potts, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He was actually six months younger than Van Dyke. He was only 42 at the time.


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You have to go pretty far back to find young photos of Dale Evans. But once you find them, they are pretty memorable.
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I don't know of any other roles where she's "older", but Jessie Royce Landis was only seven years older than Cary Grant when she played his mother in North by Northwest.

Similarly, Sean Connery, who played Harrison Ford's dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is only twelve years older than Ford.
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English actress Stephanie Cole played a cantankerous retirement home resident in Waiting for God at the age of 48.

David Jason had a recurring role as the elderly prisoner Blanco Webb in Porridge, while also playing the (somewhat) youthful Granville in Open All Hours.

Clive Dunn was also only 48 when cast as the 70 year old Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army.
Clive Dunn had a hit with the novelty record "Grandad", when he had just turned 51.

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Yul Brynner was usually bald and seemed to have an indeterminate age, allowing him to play both older and young parts throughout the years. He was actually born in 1920, so when he played King Mongkut in The King and I on stage the first time in 12951, he was only 31. I saw him reprise it in 1978, and he joked at the time about not needing makeup at that time to look old. Only he didn't really look old -- he looked like Yul Brynner.

Being bald helped with that indeterminacy (although he wasn't always bald -- he had hair in the film Solomon and Sheba, and in his first go at King Mongkut he definitely had hair). And even when he played "old", it was Tough Old Guy.

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Carroll O'Connor - I was shocked when I realized that he was only 47 when he started playing Archie. I thought he was in his 60s.
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ETA: one more: Max von Sydow has always looked old.
Ooh, that's a good one. I always thought he looked like he was past 40 in The Seventh Seal (not just in his late twenties). And I've also always felt like The Seventh Seal looks like it was shot in the fifties or earlier, not in the late sixties. Any time I see him my gut reaction is that he must be impossibly old.
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Even when younger than 50, Leslie Nielsen has always looked older than 50. Color film seems to have instantly flipped him from "always 55" to "always 70" years old.
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