Even for the best actors in the world, it’s often difficult to consistently find great work for many decades. After all, Hollywood executives are always looking for new, young talent.
But there are some performers who have been lucky enough to have had incredibly lengthy careers lasting decades upon decades, from when they were very young into their old age. Some have been at it so long that they have gone from starring in classic films to starring in modern sitcoms, including one actor who was actually in both The Wizard of Oz and Seinfeld.
Here’s a look at some of those great actors who have had historically long careers. This won’t be an exhaustive list, and it will only include actors who are still living.
15. Tippi Hedren — 67 years
Tippi Hedren, known primarily for starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films The Birds and Marnie, is now 88 years old, and she has not retired from acting.
In recent years, you may have seen her on TV shows like Raising Hope or Cougar Town. She also lent her voice to an episode of the TV show Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Hedren’s most recent credit was for the 2017 movie The Ghost and The Whale. Her first credit was for the 1950 film The Petty Girl, meaning she has been acting for 68 years now.
Next: This actress also starred in a classic Hitchcock film.