Who are the oldest men and women still widely considered sexy?
March 2, 2006 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Who is the oldest man still widely considered sexy?

I'm looking for well-known names, so it's probably not worth mentioning that hunky uncle you have...

Some examples might be Sean Connery (76), Harrison Ford (64) or Paul McCartney (64). These seem to be the "obvious" choices to me. Are there any equally obvious choices for oldest sexy woman?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (80 answers total)
 
I consider the non-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins (68) to be a hottie!
posted by TheLibrarian at 9:36 AM on March 2, 2006


Paul Newman, age 81.
posted by alms at 9:39 AM on March 2, 2006


Hugh Hefner turns 80 this year. Catherine Deneuve's 63. Sophia Loren's 72.
posted by mochapickle at 9:39 AM on March 2, 2006


Sean Connery?
posted by Pollomacho at 9:39 AM on March 2, 2006


Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood.
posted by rainbaby at 9:41 AM on March 2, 2006


I'd say Newman, too. all-time most handsome old man, Samuel Beckett
posted by matteo at 9:41 AM on March 2, 2006


Oh and Sophia Loren is definitely on the top list of women. Ann Margaret at 65 would have to be up there too.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:41 AM on March 2, 2006


I think Robert Redford is still considered hot (he's about 70).
posted by Gator at 9:44 AM on March 2, 2006


Tina Turner is 66.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 9:49 AM on March 2, 2006


It woulda been Johnny Cash but he up and died.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:53 AM on March 2, 2006


Shirley MacLaine is 72

Clint Eastwood is 76
posted by Pollomacho at 9:53 AM on March 2, 2006


I vote for Paul Newman and his salad dressing.
posted by clh at 9:56 AM on March 2, 2006


Brigitte Bardot is 72. And I say "ditto" to Newman, Loren and Eastwood.
posted by jessamyn at 9:56 AM on March 2, 2006


Hanoi Jane is still a hottie at 69.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:58 AM on March 2, 2006


Robert De Niro is a sexy 63.

Barbara is like butter at 64.

Nick Nolte is rough and rugged at 65.

Apple's granny (smith) is still fresh at 63.

Wilford Brimley is still regular at 72.

I could go on like this all day...
posted by Pollomacho at 10:03 AM on March 2, 2006


Patrick Stewart was the TV Guide Sexiest Man On Television in the early 90s and looks pretty much the same now.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:06 AM on March 2, 2006


Claudia Cardinale is 68.

Cool Hand Luke wins hands down, though.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:08 AM on March 2, 2006


Lauren Bacall is 81.

Omar Sharif is 74 next month.
posted by iviken at 10:19 AM on March 2, 2006


How old is Jack Nicholson now? 69?
posted by crabintheocean at 10:20 AM on March 2, 2006


Robert Redford and Paul Newman do it for me too. And I'm developing a bit of a soft spot for comedian politican Rhodri Morgan.
posted by ceri richard at 10:22 AM on March 2, 2006


I got hetero man hots for Patrick Stewart AKA Jean Luc Picard
posted by stavx at 10:26 AM on March 2, 2006


Another vote for Patrick Stewart (66).
posted by arcticwoman at 10:27 AM on March 2, 2006


oops forgot to list
Patrick Stewart
age 66
posted by stavx at 10:27 AM on March 2, 2006


Ben Kingsley is 63, not bad, not bad. .
posted by rainbaby at 10:27 AM on March 2, 2006


Today is the birthday of author John Irving and he's a total babe for 64.
posted by jodic at 10:31 AM on March 2, 2006


Burt Reynolds isn't bad for a 70 year old.
posted by bjork24 at 10:32 AM on March 2, 2006


Goldie Hawn. Raquel Welch.
posted by adamrice at 10:33 AM on March 2, 2006


Honor Blackman is 79.

This is how she looked at 77. Bitch.
posted by essexjan at 10:34 AM on March 2, 2006


My Mayor Douglas Wilder is 75.
posted by rainbaby at 10:34 AM on March 2, 2006


I think Lena Horne has aged more gracefully than any woman in the history of the world. She still looks gorgeous -- at 86! My hands down winner, for both extreme age and extreme beauty.

Lauren Hutton also looks great at 63.
posted by junkbox at 10:35 AM on March 2, 2006


Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, and Wilford Brimley? Are you joking? They all get the Albert Finney He-Was-a-Leading-Man-Once!? Award.
posted by MarkAnd at 10:36 AM on March 2, 2006


Joan Collins is 72.
posted by iviken at 10:37 AM on March 2, 2006


Christopher Lloyd (67) is on my list.
posted by itchie at 10:43 AM on March 2, 2006


Mel Brooks at 80.

Barbara, Blythe and Nick are all working actors (although Barbara is more a working producer).

Debbie Reynolds is doing pretty well at 74.
posted by Pollomacho at 10:44 AM on March 2, 2006


Without a doubt, Paul Newman. (Needing moment alone.)
posted by meerkatty at 10:44 AM on March 2, 2006


John Paul Stevens is super hot at 85.
posted by Xalf at 10:56 AM on March 2, 2006


Giorgio Armani is 72.

Tom Jones is 65.

(I'm not sure if Andy Rooney (87) is "widely considered sexy", but he must be one of the oldest people still working regularly in TV.)
posted by iviken at 10:57 AM on March 2, 2006


Barbara, Blythe and Nick are all working actors (although Barbara is more a working producer).

Ah, so after a certain age, all it takes to be sexy is to be employed. Boris Karloff worked until he was 82.
posted by MarkAnd at 10:59 AM on March 2, 2006


For me, it's Ulysses S. Grant.

But for reality, looks like Paul Newman's your man.
posted by lampoil at 11:13 AM on March 2, 2006


I'm casting my votess for Sean Connery and Patrick Stewart. Bald/balding men with accents oddly registers as really, really hot with me.
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants at 11:16 AM on March 2, 2006


Wilford Brimley ? sexy? seriously?
posted by nuclear_soup at 11:20 AM on March 2, 2006


Patrick Stewart. It's the voice.
posted by Soliloquy at 11:29 AM on March 2, 2006


Tony Curtis (81)?
posted by macadamiaranch at 11:47 AM on March 2, 2006


Susan Sarandon is 60.
posted by deborah at 11:58 AM on March 2, 2006


Ohhh, and so is Diane Keaton. Frank Langella is 66.
posted by deborah at 12:02 PM on March 2, 2006


Yeah, hands down Paul Newman: the best-looking octegenarian alive. (digresion: matteo is spot-on about all-time winner Samuel Beckett, though -- jesus, that man had cheekbones to die for. And his mentor, James Joyce, was awfully handsome too up till the day he died, though of course poor dirty Jimmy never made it to his 80s.)

I'll also second Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Patrick Stewart, and Ben Kingsley.

As for musicians over 50, my heart still races for David Bowie (59) and Tim Finn (54).
posted by scody at 12:07 PM on March 2, 2006


Let's not forget Harrison Ford (64 this july).
posted by Amanda B at 12:11 PM on March 2, 2006


Oh, and Eric Clapton (61) has still got it going on. Also, Dennis Weaver (who just died the other day at 81) was always my ideal of the handsome Western type.
posted by scody at 12:16 PM on March 2, 2006


jesus, that man had cheekbones to die for

not to digress, but I once (late 1980's) had a friend -- then in her late teens -- who was madly, obsessively in love with Beckett, and she always mentioned how she just wanted to go to Paris, stalk Beckett (a real ladies man in his youth), throw herself at him in her most fertile day of the month and somehow manage to get pregnant with the great man's love child.

about a year after that, Beckett died.

I haven't seen her since, but -- she had the most amazingly steely blue eyes I have ever seen -- I sometimes like to think that shortly before Beckett's death her plan worked, and now there's a 15-year-old with steel blue eyes and Beckett's DNA walking on this earth
posted by matteo at 12:25 PM on March 2, 2006 [2 favorites]


Patrick Stewart gets my vote too. When my girlfriends and I get to talking about who is still a sexy old man, he always comes up number 1. Harrison Ford was also mentioned, and yeah, he's still hot too.

However, my ultimate sexy old man vote goes to Rutger Hauer. Drop dead gorgeous when he was young, he's still go it at 62, and as long as those amazing blue eyes keep twinkling, he'll still have it 98!
posted by RoseovSharon at 12:26 PM on March 2, 2006


Response by poster: Good stuff! I had overlooked Paul Newman and Patrick Stewart completely. It seems like the female choice is somewhat more down to personal preference though. I suppose we as a society don't have well defined criteria for what it means for an old woman to be attractive like we do for old men.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 12:29 PM on March 2, 2006


Candice Bergen is 60, but has been on my list for the last 35.
posted by klarck at 12:31 PM on March 2, 2006


I have a sucky eye for men, as for women, I like Michelle Pfeiffer (48), Judy Davis (51), Angelica Houston (55), Diane Keaton (60), and Diana Rigg (68).
posted by grumblebee at 12:42 PM on March 2, 2006


Bjork24, surely you jest! Burt Reynolds?!?! Have you seen him lately? His face has been stretched out farther than human flesh is meant to go! Reminds me of the mother in Brazil.
posted by RoseovSharon at 12:44 PM on March 2, 2006


I'm surprised no one's mentioned Leonard Cohen at 72, though my first vote definitely goes for Paul Newman.
posted by Felicity Rilke at 12:45 PM on March 2, 2006


Julio Iglesias
posted by Knorhaen at 1:16 PM on March 2, 2006


Wilford Brimley ? sexy? seriously?

No, that was a joke.

Ah, so after a certain age, all it takes to be sexy is to be employed.

Apparently, according to your earlier statement:

They all get the Albert Finney He-Was-a-Leading-Man-Once!? Award.

All of the ones I listed (aside from Wilford) are still in leading roles and are still considered sexy by many.
posted by Pollomacho at 1:28 PM on March 2, 2006


At 83, Christopher Lee
posted by generic230 at 1:29 PM on March 2, 2006


Okay, so they're close to the youngest in this crowd, but if we're going for sexiest couple I'd vote for David Bowie (59) and Iman (51). I'd probably vote for them without the age restriction too.
posted by synapse at 1:35 PM on March 2, 2006


Christopher Lee reminds me of another LOTR wizard: the dreamy Sir Ian McKellen (67).
posted by scody at 1:51 PM on March 2, 2006



"jesus, that man had cheekbones to die for"

Funny, I was going to say Jesus. Nothing about cheekbones though. More about that eyes-turned-to-heaven thing. Grrr!

Jesus died for your cheekbones? Watch this comment get deleted, I'm sure, but you didn't say oldest man alive! So, to pre-empt the logical people, I'll say Adam too.
posted by lalochezia at 2:13 PM on March 2, 2006


Paul McCartney is obviously sexy? WTF?
posted by Tixylix at 2:14 PM on March 2, 2006


Sir Cliff is holding his own at 66.
posted by tellurian at 2:19 PM on March 2, 2006


Say Happy Birthday to Harry Belafonte, who turned 79 yesterday (born 1 March 1927)! He's still speaking his mind, which is arguably one good definition of sexy.
posted by rob511 at 3:21 PM on March 2, 2006


One more, this for the contemporary art fans: Ed Ruscha still looks great at 69.
posted by scody at 3:46 PM on March 2, 2006


60 isn't EXTREMELY old, but Jane Birkin is still EXTREMELY sexy.
posted by bunglin jones at 4:03 PM on March 2, 2006


Dracula is 109 and widely considered sexy.

I thought Anne Bancroft was sexy at 62 in the otherwise lamentable Point of No Return, and Vanessa Redgrave was sexy at 59 in Mission: Impossible. Rene Russo is smokin' at 52.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:21 PM on March 2, 2006


Leonard Nimoy? William Shatner?? (both 75)
posted by zadcat at 4:31 PM on March 2, 2006


My wife says Bruce Springsteen, 57. She says after about 60 nothing is really sexy... just proven durable.
posted by tkchrist at 5:17 PM on March 2, 2006


Patrick Stewart--yummy!
posted by 6:1 at 6:34 PM on March 2, 2006


Helen Mirren, 60, and still smokin' hot.
posted by ikkyu2 at 6:50 PM on March 2, 2006


He'll clock in at 60 later this year, but I know plenty of women forty years his junior who'd do Bill Clinton.
posted by anjamu at 7:23 PM on March 2, 2006


Nobody has mentioned the Rolling Stones.
posted by misozaki at 7:32 PM on March 2, 2006


mizozaki, I was thinking about saying that Mick still looks pretty sexy, but then I thought "Nah, I gotta be the only one who thinks so."
posted by anjamu at 7:35 PM on March 2, 2006


Mick, sure, but for me it's Keith... playin' his guitar... Wow! : )
posted by misozaki at 7:41 PM on March 2, 2006


All of the ones I listed (aside from Wilford) are still in leading roles and are still considered sexy by many.

For very small quantities of many.

We know that on the inside of your closet door hangs a poster of Wilford Brimley with oatmeal in his mustache. We're not judging you.
posted by MarkAnd at 6:45 AM on March 3, 2006


I read the Brigitte Bardot is still hot.
No she's not. And she's also a right wing supporter and a racist. Not hot.
posted by XiBe at 8:05 AM on March 3, 2006


No Julie Andrews love? She's one hot 71-year old.
posted by Robot Johnny at 1:14 PM on March 3, 2006


Can't believe I forgot Morgan Freeman, considering I've had a crush on him ever since I was about 5 and he played Easy Reader on "The Electric Company."
posted by scody at 1:41 PM on March 3, 2006


GEORGE CLOONY! Well hes not that old but definitely widely considered sexy.
posted by Suparnova at 3:03 PM on March 3, 2006


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