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50 Oldest Action Heroes

Nicolas Cage

The Action Hero: Never knowingly understated, Nic Cage is probably the most OTT action star on this entire list. And given some of the competition, that's no mean feat.

Current Age: 49

Most Recent Film:
Stolen (2012)

Still Got It? He never lost it. Moath-foaming genius, on demand.

Jet Li

The Action Hero: One of the most famous martial artists to crack Hollywood in the last couple of decades, Li may be slowing down a little now, with no new projects on the slate as yet. Although there's always Expendables 3

Current Age: 49

Most Recent Film:
The Expendables 2 (2012)

Still Got It? His brief appearance in The Expendables 2 was one of the film's highlights. Indeed, it was a shame he wasn't featured for longer…

Tom Cruise

The Action Hero: Given his bizarre public appearances and the increasingly outlandish stories about his private life, gunning down on-screen bag guys is actually when Cruise seems most normal…

Current Age: 50

Most Recent Film: Jack Reacher (2013)

Still Got It? Jack Reacher might not have been terribly well-received, but with Oblivion and All You Need Is Kill on the horizon, the action flicks are set to keep on coming.

Wesley Snipes

The Action Hero: The fast-talking, fast-punching star of the Blade films, with a penchant for snappy one liners such as, "Always bet on black!"

Current Age: 50

Most Recent Film: Gallowwalkers (2012)

Still Got It? He's been out of the spotlight for a little while, although his name has been bandied about in relation to Expendables 3 . It could be just the tonic his career needs.

Laurence Fishburne

The Action Hero: The inscrutable Morpheus of the Matrix movies, who still turns out for the odd action movie, as demonstrated by his scenery-chewing turn in Predators .

Current Age: 51

Most Recent Film: Contagion (2011)

Still Got It? Predators was only a few years back and he was tougher than ever in that one.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Action Hero: If you need a high-kicking badass with the ability to do the splits on demand, then JCVD is your man…

Current Age: 52

Most Recent Film: Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning (2012)

Still Got It? Certainly. As the preening villain of the piece, he was undoubtedly the highlight of The Expendables 2 .

Antonio Banderas

The Action Hero: One of Robert Rodriguez's most regular muses, Banderas has played his gunslinging Mariachi no fewer than three times. Arriba!

Current Age: 52

Most Recent Film: Ruby Sparks (2012)

Still Got It?
His most recent successes have been voicing Dreamworks' Puss in Boots, who is every inch as much of a badass as El Mariachi!

Ving Rhames

The Action Hero: A dependably gruff presence, whether playing mountainous gangsters or small-town sheriffs.

Current Age: 53

Most Recent Film: Death Race: Inferno (2012)

Still Got It? His turn Piranha 3DD with a pair of shotguns for legs should answer your question.

Sean Bean

The Action Hero: Bean is a very particular type of action star, in that he specialises in broadsword-swinging fantasy arse-kicking above all other types. Bloody good at it, he is too!

Current Age:
53

Most Recent Film: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)

Still Got It? Definitely. He'll be playing a few more battle-hardened warriors before he starts winding it down...

Bruce Campbell

The Action Hero: The chainsaw-swinging, ultra-groovy hero of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series. Seen more recently fighting bad guys in TV series, Burn Notice . Hail to the king, baby.

Current Age: 54

Most Recent Film: Tar (2012)

Still Got It? As My Name Is Bruce proved, Bruce might not be as streamlined as he once was, but he still knows how to send a daemon packing.

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