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50 Oldest Action Heroes

Danny Trejo

The Action Hero: The face of practically every South American heavy in the '80s and '90s, and now a star in his own right thanks to the Machete series.

Current Age: 68

Most Recent Film:
The Insomniac (2013)

Still Got It? You'd better believe it. Machete Kills arrives later this year to prove it!

Gary Busey

The Action Hero: The unhinged author of many a Buseyism, the star of a whole raft of trashy action thrillers and an oscar nominee to boot. The total package, then.

Current Age: 68

Most Recent Film: Mansion Of Blood (2012)

Still Got It? Last year saw him bite the head off a Piranha in glorious 3D. He's still going strong.

Harrison Ford

The Action Hero: Most actors only get to play one seminal action hero if they're very lucky, but in Indiana Jones and Han Solo, Harrison Ford can boast two. Selfish…

Current Age: 70

Most Recent Film: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Still Got It? Some of Ford's action sequences of late have betrayed an inevitable slowing down, but he's still got plenty of appetite, with no fewer than three projects lined up for 2013.

Nick Nolte

The Action: A hard-living badass off the screen, Nolte was one of the premiere tough guys of the '70s and '80s, and can still growl with the best of them.

Current Age:
71

Most Recent Film: Gangster Squad (2013)

Still Got It?
Not in the line of fire so much any more, but as a gnarled old hand, he certainly makes his preence felt.

Chuck Norris

The Action Hero: Bruce lee's old sparring partner, and founder of the Chun Kuk Do martial art. Can also slam a revolving door, amongst other notable feats.

Current Age:
72

Most Recent Film:
T he Expendables 2 (2012)

Still got It? He's only an occasional actor these days, as is understandable for a man of his age. You still wouldn't want to get into a scrap with him, mind…

Ian McKellen

The Action Hero: A classically trained actor, sure, but millions know McKellen as Gandalf, or failing that, Magneto.

Current Age: 73

Most Recent Film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Still Got It? Oh yes. You shall not pass!

Burt Reynolds

The Action Hero: The proprietor of one of the finest moustaches in hollywood, and a tough SOB to boot.

Current Age: 76

Most Recent Film: Not Another Not Another Movie (2011)

Still Got It? It wasn't so long ago since he was looking the part as the kind in In The Name Of The King , so maybe…

Sean Connery

The Action Hero: Now very much retired, Connery was a prolific action hero across five decades, and for our money, the ultimate Bond.

Current Age:
82

Most Recent Film:
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Still Got It? If he has, he's keeping it very well hidden. Go on Sly, make a telephone call…

Clint Eastwood

The Action Hero: From gruff, renegade cowboys to gruff, renegade cops, Clint has played them all with the same steely-eyed grit. No wonder he's Stallone's biggest target for Expendables 3

Current Age:
82

Most Recent Film:
Trouble With The Curve (2012)

Still Got It?
The last action-orientated role he took on was as Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino, where he proved he's lost none of his old snarl. Grr!

Christopher Lee

The Action Hero: The ultimate badass with an unquenchable work ethic, Christopher Lee is still popping up in the likes of The Hobbit , while LOTR and Star Wars saw him kicking ass well into his 80s.

Current Age: 90

Most Recent Film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Still Got It? Lee's Saruman is as imposing as ever, and a fitting tribute to the great man.

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