Actors spend years working in front of a camera, so it’s no surprise that there's a big focus on their appearances. While makeup, lighting, and camera angles certainly do help them look incredible, beauty goes beyond special effects. There are many actors that don’t look their own age. Just because someone is over the hill, doesn’t mean they look like it.
While talent is certainly important, Hollywood places a lot of pressure on appearance and beauty. Older stars are often pushed to the side when they hit a certain age or are forced into “mom” and “dad” type roles, while new, younger talent takes over movie screens.
The pressure of show business often results in plastic surgery and a lot of makeup. While everyone ages differently, stars try desperately to fight becoming what Hollywood views as “washed up” or “too old." Despite their talent, looks typically come first when auditioning for a role.
When it comes to aging, some stars out there do it incredibly gracefully. Whether they have good genes or a good beauty team, these stars look incredibly stunning for their age. We wish that they would share their secrets with the rest of the world. Whether just past 50 or well into their 80s, they prove that age truly is just a number.
Here are the 16 Older Actors Who Still Look Incredibly Stunning.
16 Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer has been considered a sex symbol for years. Bruno Mars even sings about her in his song “Uptown Funk". The actress still looks amazing at 59.
Her first leading role was in Grease 2, but the star is most famous for her role as the sexy and elusive Catwoman in Batman Returns. Many fans consider her to be the best live action version of the character. After that, she was a leading lady in multiple films, including Hairspray, Dangerous Minds, and Dark Shadows.
Since hitting 50, Pfeiffer has said she’s glad she doesn’t have to actively try to look young anymore. She’s embraced looking good for her own age. She’s contributed her good looks to working out and eating a vegan diet.
15 Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is regarded as one of the best actresses in her generation. The 65 year old has more award nominations than any other actor and shows no signs of slowing down her career any time soon.
Her first film performance was in Julia in 1977. Not too far after, she was nominated for first Oscar for the movie The Deer Hunter. Since then, she has received award nomination after award nomination, having won three Oscars ifn total.
While she is certainly regarded as beautiful and talented now, she once thought that she was too ugly to be an actress. Supposedly, the star was told she was told she wasn’t beautiful enough to be in the 1976 King Kong film. It’s crazy to think such a gorgeous, legendary actress was ever turned down for any role.
14 Viola Davis
It’s hard to believe that Viola Davis is in her 50s. The actress looks stunning in her show How To Get Away With Murder.
She has accomplished a lot since her acting career began in 1996. She is the first black woman to be nominated for three Oscars. Time Magazine also named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She’s been in big movies like The Help, Fences, and Suicide Squad.
Davis was once called “less classically beautiful” by the New York Times, and she responded by saying that “beauty is subjective” and explaining why the comment was wrong. She has become a voice of strength and beauty for black women everywhere. Fans used the hashtag “#LessClassicallyBeautiful” to rally around the actress and insist that she, along with other older black women, are beautiful.
13 Lisa Kudrow
It’s been a while since Lisa Kudrow played eccentric Phoebe on Friends, but she still looks just as youthful and radiant. The 54 year old doesn’t look like she’s aged much since the early 2000’s.
Since her days on the famous sitcom, she has appeared in movies like Easy A, Neighbor's, and P. S. I Love You. The actress has also voiced characters on The Simpsons and American Dad!. Her web series Web Therapy received critical acclaim.
People often ask how she looks so great at her age. Does she go for crazy runs like Phoebe did with Rachel on Friends? Nope. The actress has said she watches what she eats, but if she knows she won’t be on camera she will treat herself more.
While people like to say she’s had plastic surgery, the only work she had done was on her nose as a teenager. She’s afraid it would only cause her to look awkward.
12 Robert Downy Jr.
Robert Downy Jr. is one of those actors who keeps getting better looking with age. The 52 year old is widely recognized for his role of Tony Stark in the Avengers films, but he had many famous films before his first appearance as Iron Man.
He dealt with fame at a young age, and it resulted in a lot of drug abuse and arrests. The actor got sober in his mid-30s, and his career instantly began to take off. Some of his most popular films include Tropic Thunder, Zodiac, and Sherlock Holmes. He is also the Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.
Not that he was ever considered unattractive, but since he’s gotten older and sober, fans have insisted that he’s become more and more handsome. Not many men can pull of a goatee as well as him.
11 Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews is 82 years old, but she doesn’t look anywhere close to it. If any star has found the fountain of youth, it’s her.
The actress has seemingly been around forever. She started acting as a child on stage in 1948 and has been charming audiences ever since. Her first film role was as the whimsical, beloved Mary Poppins. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she starred in her other iconic role as Maria in The Sound of Music.
Many millennials remember her as the queen in The Princess Diaries. She also voiced the queen in the Shrek films. Elegant, charming, and beautiful, she certainly looks the part of a queen. She simply radiates grace and beauty, and it hasn’t faded at all with age.
10 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is one of those actors who seemed to hit a certain age and then stopped getting older. The 53 year old looks extremely young for his age.
He’s been acting since the 1980s, starting in television and moving up to small movie roles. He really began to get attention after his role as a hitchhiker in Thelma & Louise. His next big films were A River Runs Through It and Interview With a Vampire. Since then, he’s become a widely popular actor, getting nominated and winning a few Oscars and Golden Globes.
The World War Z star has admitted to using topical creams and watching what he eats to keep up his youthful appearance, but it seem like a lot of it is just good genes.
9 Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan has always been classically handsome, and at 64 years old, he hasn’t lost any of his charm.
The Irish actor’s most iconic role was as the famous spy in the James Bond films throughout the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. He’s one of the longest serving Bond actors. Any actor who plays Bond is going to have a certain level of charm and good looks, as well as plenty of attention from women. Those same qualities have followed him into his sixties.
He starred in other films throughout his career, like Mrs. Doubtfire and Mamma Mia!, and he is currently filming a sequel to the musical. Not only viewers get to see his dashing good looks, they’ll also get to hear his singing voice again.
8 Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is in his early 60s, but most fans would guess he is much younger. The 62 year old looks great for his age.
The actor has a long, successful career that includes a Golden Globe, a Tony, and two Academy Awards. He’s received a lot of recognition since his film work in the 1980s, and won his first award for Cry Freedom.
He went from performing in Shakespeare in the Park in his youth to dominating the big screen. Washington has appeared in many great movies, including Philadelphia, The Book of Eli, Training Day, and recently, Fences.
Comparing his recent movies to his older ones, it’s hard to see any drastic signs of aging. He still looks fairly youthful and continues to impress audiences.
7 Lynda Carter
Carter is as radiant now as she was back in the 70s when she first portrayed the comic book character. Before her superhero days, she won a local Arizona beauty pageant and eventually won Miss World USA. Her career took off after landing her role on Wonder Woman. She was an icon not only because she was beautiful, but because she wanted to use her character to empower women.
Her superhero days aren’t quite done. While she was asked to make a cameo in the 2017 Wonder Woman film, she wasn’t able to make it work. She’s open to appearing in another movie. She also currently plays the President on the CW’s Supergirl, and she looks amazing at it. The 61 year old proves that age is just a number.
6 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is 51 years old, but he certainly does not look like it. The middle aged man has been stealing hearts for years.
He seems to be one of those actors that everyone recognizes from “that one show." He started acting in 1991 when he was 25 years old in the thriller Uncaged. Although he started out in a movie, most of his work has been in television. The silver fox has starred in shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife and Supernatural. Most recently, he played the Walking Dead’s fan-favorite villain, Negan.
His most notable film appearance is his role as Edward Blake in Watchmen. Morgan has appeared on our television and movie screens for quite a while, but he just seems to look better with age.
5 Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller has accomplished a lot at 51 years old. He’s a successful actor, producer, director, and writer. He’s also very good looking for his age.
The actor has certainly come a long way. He started his career with a play and went on to produce and host his own show, called The Ben Stiller Show. It even won an Emmy. Throughout his career, he has been a part of 50 different films, whether he wrote, starred in, directed, or produced them. Some of his most popular movies include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, and There’s Something About Mary.
If his time as Zoolander showed people anything, it’s that Stiller has the looks to be a model. As he gets older, it still holds true.
4 Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren may be 70 years old, but she certainly isn’t letting that slow her down. She’s been acting since the 1960s and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The actress has won five BAFTAS, two Golden Globes, once Academy Award, and four Emmy awards.
Mirren has aged beautifully, and she actually gets insulted when people treat her like she is old. She is a L’oreal spokesperson, wanting to change the way society views older women. The actress doesn’t like the word “anti-aging” and thinks older women should embrace themselves as they are.
Mirren lights up whatever room she walks into, and still rocks the red carpet. She once said, “I’m a woman that loves makeup and getting dressed up. As I get older, I don’t look as good, but I don’t give a damn” and, if anything, that makes her all the more beautiful.
3 Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons recently joined the DCEU, playing Batman’s iconic Butler Alfred Pennyworth in Batman V. Superman. Many fans originally thought the actor looked too young for the role, but he’s actually 69 years old. He just looks younger than he is.
He began his acting career on stage in 1969. Irons landed his first major film role in the 1981 film The French Lieutenant's Woman. Since then, he’s gained critical acclaim and won many awards, including an Oscar and two Golden Globes.
He’ll appear in the upcoming films The Batman and Justice League to reprise his role as Alfred. Just because he looks younger than he is, doesn’t mean he is too young to play Batman’s guardian. He can’t help it if he looks stunning for his age.
2 Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones is a fan favorite comedian in this season's Saturday Night Live. It doesn’t matter what she’s talking about during her sketch, everyone knows it will make them laugh. She also starred in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake and is hilarious on her social media accounts.
The actress is 50 years old, but she certainly doesn’t look like it. Jones spoke about age during one of the Weekend Update segments on SNL. She said it’s easier than ever for people to achieve more when they’re older because everyone is taking better care of themselves, from drinking more water to doing yoga.
Although she was joking throughout the segment, it seems that she must be doing some of these things considering just how great she looks.
1 John Stamos
John Stamos still looks amazing. He stole everyone’s heart as Uncle Jesse on Full House and hasn’t let them go since.
Everyone knows that Stamos is smoking for his age. His past sitcom, Grandfathered, made fun of the fact he was an attractive grandfather. In his role on Glee, he was the older man that all the high school girls had crushes on.
He’s never been afraid to discuss his secrets to his great skin and flawless hair. The 53 year old shared on Instagram that he uses face masks to keep his skin young and fresh. He’s also made a joke about making a deal with the devil to stay youthful. The first option seems more realistic, but the second one is definitely a lot more fun.
Can you think of any other older actors who still look incredible? Let us know in the comments!