Meet 13 of the most handsome men over 65 who will make you rethink the idea of getting older, from actors to football hall of famers.
Many people say that men get better looking with age. But is it really that they become more physically attractive or is it that they exude a certain confidence that only comes from good living, hard work and life success that is undeniably attractive? We think it is the latter.
The 13 men that we profile below are notably exceptional after decades of living.
From age 65 to almost 90, these men continue to inspire and live active, vibrant lives. They truly are pioneers who reinvent what it means to be a senior:
In the popular TV sitcoms “Bored to Death” and “Cheers,” Ted Danson is known for his good looks and specifically his “good hair.” But according to Ted, himself, in an interview with NY Media Vulture, “No one has ever hired me to take my clothes off and be sexy. No one. Not even when I was 25. But I’m funnier than I am sexy, so I’m hired to make jokes about sex; I’m not hired to do sex.” Danson does have a lot to brag about, though. This prolific actor has appeared on several TV shows and movies and has won a Golden Globe Award and many Emmy awards and nominations. He dated Whoopi Goldberg, which made them one of the most famous interracial couples. In 2011, Danson turned forensics investigator and joined the cast of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Terry Bradshaw’s big smile, charming disposition and undeniable athletic talents make him a natural for this list. This former American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League is currently a TV analyst and co-host of “Fox NFL Sunday” where he can bring his football knowledge into everyday sports commentary. He played 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1975-1980), becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Bradshaw’s wisdom can be translated to work both on-and-off the field: “You can’t dodge them all. I got hammered plenty of times through the years. But you just get up and keep playing. I can tell you from experience, though. Sometimes it hurts like hell.”
Jose Carreras is most commonly known as a Spanish tenor in performances in the operas of “Puccini” and “Verdi.” He eloquently notes, “I am extraordinarily lucky, I was born in a family of strong moral values, and in my life I was able to do what I liked best: debuts, great theatres, but above all, inner and deep satisfaction.” He made his debut on the opera stage at age 11 as Trujaman in Manuel de Falla’s “El retablo de Maese Pedro,” and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.
Steve Martin is not only a successful actor, he is also a talented author, banjo player, comedian, pianist and playwright. He has earned American Comedy, Grammy and Emmy awards, and continues to be a favorite in many creative mediums. Martin launched his stand-up comedy career in 1967, followed by his acting career in the 70s, and has been charming American audiences ever since with his wit, wry smile and undeniable charm. According to Martin in “Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life,” “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.” He also notes, “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”
Charlie Rose is an Emmy Award—winning American journalist who worked for Bill Moyers at PBS and as an NBC News political correspondent before launching his own PBS interview show in 1991. Rose worked as a “60 Minutes” correspondent throughout the 1990s and was named co-host of “CBS This Morning” in 2011. Rose claims that his parents had “a very good work ethic,” which is something he obviously emulated as exemplified by his dedication to journalism. Apparently Rose had many interests, even though his career-life has been dedicated to informing society of the latest news: “I would’ve been intrigued by being a film director. I would’ve been intrigued by politics. I thought about architecture.”
Known for his performances in classic films such as “Apocalypse Now,” “Badlands” and “Catch-22,” as well as his Emmy Award winning role on “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen has said, “While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive.” A devoted Catholic, Sheen continues to stay politically active well into his 70s, supporting Earth First, Free The Children, Catholic Worker Movement and various human rights causes. Born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez, Sheen reflected on his decision to use a stage name in 2003, “I never changed it officially. I never will. It’s on my driver’s license and passport and everything. I started using Sheen, I thought I’d give it a try, and before I knew it, I started making a living with it and then it was too late. In fact, one of my great regrets is that I didn’t keep my name as it was given to me. I knew it bothered my dad.”
“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving. Life is about what you do, not what you think about doing.” Morgan Freeman’s words of wisdom give insight into his successes. This respected actor began life in a low-income home and discovered he had a talent for the arts in high school when he was forced to participate in the school drama program as punishment for pulling a chair out from under a girl. Today he is not only a world-renown actor, he is also a Broadway performer, activist, movie director and powerful narrator whose eloquent and distinctive voice captures the hearts of many.
Actor William December “Billy Dee” Williams, Jr. has an impressive array of film, television and stage appearances over the past 50 years. He is best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the last two episodes of the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Sir Michael Caine has appeared in over 115 films and has won two Academy Awards. “I feel like 35. At 35 you’re old enough to know something and young enough to look forward to what you can do with the knowledge. So I stayed at 35!” Caine has stated that he plans to retire when he’s 90.
Sir Sidney Poitier is a celebrated actor, author, diplomat and director. In 1963 he became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Lilies of the Field.” Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
“Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya?” Little did Dirty Harry know, Eastwood did not need luck with his boyish charms, rare talent and star-studded creativity. This American actor, film director, musician and political figure has become a cultural icon of masculinity with his chiseled good looks and dapper disposition. Clint is most definitely one of the most accomplished men in Hollywood, has received many prestigious awards and honors, and even runs his own production company, Malpaso, which has produced all except four of his American films. Among his accomplishments, Eastwood served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a nonpartisan office (making him even more well-rounded).
Whether playing James Bond or Indiana Jones’ father — Sean Connery is a charmer who is beloved by many. This retired Scottish actor and producer has been the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards, including an Academy Award, BAFTA Awards, and he was even knighted by Elizabeth II in 2000, after receiving a Kennedy Center Honors in the U.S. His accent makes him undeniably appealing to both young and old, to go along with his already smoldering charm and tall stature. Connery has been polled as the “Greatest Living Scot” and “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure.” In 1989, he was proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, and in 1999, at age 69, he was voted “Sexiest Man of the Century.”
Who do you think the most handsome men over age 65 are? Let us know your favorites in the comments below, whether they’re famous icons or living family legends.