They’re the stars that have gotten up there in the years (some more gracefully than others!) and are not letting a little thing like age stop them from doing what they want to do, namely having fun, and most of all, being independent. You’re sure to recognize their names and faces as you check out these celebs who are totally owning their "senior years.”
Badass Celeb #1: Reba McEntire and Iman Abdulmajid
We’re clumping these two massive divas into one because they’re both only 65 (spring chickens for this list), both fab ladies who are enviable for many reasons, and who both look amazing despite getting their date of birth (I mean, have you seen Abdulmajid’s figure?!). Reba, queen of country music, still enjoys a good game of tennis or swimming countless laps in her at-home swimming pool. She’s also an active weight-lifter and pilates fan, not to mention a whiz at horseback riding. And of course, McEntire loves hangin’ out with country music gal pals like Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, and Faith Hill (cuz, you know, “You feel like a woman!”). Iman, on the other hand, transitions from yoga to weight training to her favorite Equinox fitness routine every week.
Badass Celeb #2: Martin Scorcese
Martin Scorcese is probably one of the most well-known and revered directors, producers, and screenwriters in the history of the silver screen. He gave us memorable titles like Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Irishman. But unlike most 77-year-olds, Scorcese isn’t about to hang up his hat just yet. In the past two years, he has produced seven separate films and documentaries, and Scorcese is currently working on more than five pre- or post-production films to be announced.
Badass Celeb #3: Harrison Ford
Two words: Indiana Jones (no, a NEW one!) Harrison Ford is another badass who will never die (at least in our hearts). With a still-active film career at 78, Ford has recently appeared or been heard as the voice of characters in popular films including “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and “The Call of the Wild.” But the best news and sign that this venerable actor is still going strong is that they’re working on an Indiana Jones 5, and you can bet your ass Ford is going to be a major part of it. BTW, when Ford is not surviving plane crashes, he is piloting his own planes and helicopters as a licensed pilot. Over the years, Ford has saved numerous people with his heroic flying feats, including two hikers stranded at the top of a mountain range, and a 13-year old boy scout who got separated from his troop. Ford also enjoys being active in environmental conservation movements and has two types of insects named in his honor (Calponia Harrisonfordi and Pheidole Harrisonfordi, I kid you not).
Badass Celeb #4: Al Pacino
Pacino probably invented the term badass, and he certainly embodied the title both on and off stage. The Godfather himself, Pacino is still playing shady roles even to this day, with parts in popular films, including “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” And let’s not forget that Pacino is no slacker with the ladies (like dating Argentinian actress Lucila Polak who was 36 years younger, or Israeli actress Meital Dohan who was 39 years younger!). FYI, Pacino also loves to travel and does so regularly, even in his golden years.
Badass Celeb #5: Mick Jagger
As one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger was the face of rock and roll for decades, and he’s still touring. The British superstar is certainly keeping up his game even well into his 70’s. Mick Jagger released a new single recently, the first original music in eight years. In 2019, Mick Jagger performed brilliantly in the No Filter Tour to avid fans, both young and old. The brilliant musician has been knighted (Sir Jagger), and also had a few on-screen film moments recently, including an English art dealer in “The Burnt Orange Heresy” and a role in a humorous spoof of the PSA on the Jimmy Fallon show. Mick Jagger speaks openly on political matters. For example, he had a heated discussion about global warming at the last Venice Film Festival.
Badass Celeb #6: Betty White
Probably the only badass on this list that’ll make you go “aww” at 98 years old, Betty White couldn’t be described as anything less. The woman has enjoyed a long (and we mean looooooong) and illustrious career, claiming the title of longest television career for any entertainer (more than 80 years!). Betty White has more than 117 varied acting credits, and she’s still kickin’. Just last year, White was the frisky toy tiger in Toy Story 4 (created and named after White herself). And when she’s not busy acting or making us laugh, White likes to play poker (better hide your chips, this lady’s got game), and enjoys a good round of vodka and hot dogs!
Badass Celeb #7: Dolly Parton
We’ve gotta hand it to the lady. I mean, aside from probably being the hottest 74-year-old out there, Dolly Parton has really covered the spectrum in terms of achievements. Singer, songwriter, producer, actress, humanitarian, author, businesswoman. What hasn't Dolly Parton done in her 74 years?? And even after all these years, Dolly’s still got a voice that could make angels weep. Recently, Dolly released a holiday album that features some of her favorite duets, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, and brother Randy Parton. She also recently released a Netflix series called “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” and is known for many philanthropic gestures, including donating more than $1 million towards COVID-19 research.
Badass Celeb #8: James Earl Jones
From the fatherly and not so fatherly figures he’s played, to his very real military service, James Earl Jones has touched people in many ways. And at 89 years young, Jones is not showing signs of slowing down a bit. In 2019, he played in The “Lion King” and “Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.” He also had a video game released from Disney Classic Games. In addition, in 2020, Jones played Jaffe Joffer in the post-production “Coming 2 America.”
Badass Celeb #9: Chuck Norris
We didn’t think a legend like this one could ever age. But apparently, Chuck Norris turned 80 this past March. Yikes! Truth is, his film career has slowed down, but that doesn’t mean that Ground Chuck Norris has. From Tang Soo Do, to Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, Norris still kicks ass across the martial arts fields. While he won’t appear in any films that use vulgar language, this dude is the ultimate badass, as he is the spokesman of Glock, and a public face at the NRA conference, and, best of all, has perfected his own fighting style he calls “Chun Kuk Do.”
Badass Celeb #10: Steve Buscemi
Buscemi certainly doesn’t strike you as the renegade, rebel, or even mildly dissident type. But in real life, this guy is as cool as they get. Before turning to the silver screen, Buscemi was a New York City firefighter. And while we all loved him in Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, and Desperado, Buscemi showed just how awesome he is when he spent days working 12-hour shifts to help search for survivors after the 9-11 attacks. Talk about badass.
Badasses Till the Very End
These guys and gals are legends for a reason. And they’ll stay that way until their dying breaths. This doesn’t even cover badasses who have died since their killer days like Christopher Lee (member of Britain’s Special Ops, RAF and intelligence officer, and spoke 8 languages!), Julia Child (also a secret agent in WWII), and Daniel Day-Lewis (boxer, brawler, b-a-d-a-s-s!) to name a few. But that’ll have to wait for another segment.
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