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Longest Career by an Actor

Which of these lead actors with one of the longest careers is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls099468853/

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My favorite is the late and great Max von Sydow

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FYC:

  • Lalita Pawar - 70 years with 700+ films
  • Paidi Jairaj - 70 years with 300+ films
  • Ashok Kumar - 63 years (he also holds the Guinness World Record for most leading roles throughout an acting career)

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cinephile,

Great poll!

I'm inclined to vote for Rita Moreno. However, there are many acting legends on your list so I could easily change my mind.

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Eva Marie Saint. Loved her in A Hatful of Rain 

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Mickey Rooney
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001682/
Born: September 23, 1920
Died: April 6, 2014 (age 93)
  
Actor: Movie (171 credits) 
2017 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mr. Louis   (Filming took place in 2014.)
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Gus
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1927 Orchids and Ermine Mickey McGuire (as Joe Yule Jr.)
    
Actor: TV (81 credits)
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Angela Lansbury.
Please make a Murder, She Wrote reunion!
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The minimum is now a 61 years long career.

Karl Maden, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hope were deleted from the list.


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The minimum is now a 61 years long career.

Karl Maden, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hope were deleted from the list.


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 They played leading roles and have been in the film industry longer than Bob Hope, Karl Maden, and Anthony Hopkins. There is no objective reason to ban them from the list.

For what motif should I ban them?? On the basis that they are Indian and some speculations saying that they won't get any votes, I can't do that, I'm gonna look racist.
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Is this list better: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls099802069/ I restricted the list in the Top 5000 of popularity.

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FIY - that link does not work.
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I know i deleted the list, it was a test.

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FYC: Alan Arkin, he has 63 years and counting if you count a small uncredited role as a singer in 1957, otherwise he's out.

Gloria Stuart 72 years from her first to her last credit.

Dick van Dyke, 63 and counting

Gloria Henry, 65 years

Earl Cameron, 62 years

Johannes Heesters, 87 years

Milton Berle, 86 years

Curt Bois, 84 years

Gisele Casadesus, 83 years

Maxine Hicks, 81 years (but with a huge gap between two periods so I'm not sure if she counts.
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I added Alan Arkin and Dick van Dyke.

Now, I only accept actors in the Top 5000 of popularity. so these are out.

Gloria Stuart (Out)

Gloria Henry (Out)

Earl Cameron (Out)

Johannes Heister (Out)

Milton Berle (Out)

Curt Bois (Out)

Gisele Casadeux (Out)

Maxine Hicks (Out)
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The list was going overboard, so I changed the criteria.
These are the current rules:

1) Played leading roles in several movies

2) 60 years or more of career

3) In the Top 5000 of popularity.

If the list hits the 35 option maximum again, the next actors to go are the ones that began or ended their career with uncredited roles such as Tippi Hedren and Alan Arkin. 
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I can't do miracles, it might be disappointing, but you suggested yourself apply the STARmeter criteria, I won't change the rules only to put one actor on the list.

You should consider an actors starmeter.
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I don't have IMDBpro, I can't analyze their popularities by year as you do.

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Awh... wait.. noooo!
How can any true Star Trek fan choose between Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner?

SUGGESTION:  Make lists shorter by dividing up amongst those living, and those which have departed?  2 polls.
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I think that the list is correct as it is right now. 
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What factors??!!!!

I'm out of factors right now!!!!
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I'm gonna think about it. 
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After thinking, I have come to a conclusion.

It would be stupid to exclude Bob Hope only on his STARmeter, as you pointed out he maintained great popularity during decades.

So this is what I think, there is only one actor with the minimum 60 credits in this list. (Anthony Hopkins). I believe that I could raise the criteria to "More than 60 years long acting career" in this way Anthony Hopkins is sadly discarded from the list, but I obtain a more justifiable reason to exclude Bob Hope.

I think that you will be disappointed, but this is the fairest solution that I found.
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It is great advice, except that I can't check if they have in the top 5000 for 20+ years.
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That is it, these actors are out:

Anthony Hopkins

Karl Malden

Bob Hope

Their careers weren't long enough. It is disappointing, but that is it.

 If you have any other actors that have +60 years of acting career tell me.

BTW, you can dream if you want, but I won't withdraw a poll suggestion to satisfy your exigences.
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Ok fine I did as you suggested, I added the "More than 20 years in the Top 5000 of the STARmeter." criteria and removed the "More than 60 years acting career". 

I have removed Richard Erdman and added Anthony Hopkins, Karl Malden, Bob Hope. 

Tell me now if there is a mistake in the list, I will have to believe IMDbpro members because I can't verify myself.

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Carl Reiner, first role on tv in 1948, last role in Toy Story 4 in 2019, thats 71 years adn still active
Lois Smith , first role 1951, last 2020, thats 69 years and still active
Mel Brooke, first role 1951, last role, 2020, thats 69 years and still active
James Hong, first role 1955, last role 2019, thats 64 years adn stil lactive
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I added:

Lois Smith

Mel Brooks

James Hong

I haven't added:

Carl Reiner because I doubt that he was for 10 years or more in the Top 5000 of the STARmeter.

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Christopher lee worked from 1947 to 2015
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Christopher Lee did one episode in 1946 apparently.

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Hi, 'good list and a nice idea. : )

'One suggested edit to the intro: (below in bold)

Which of these lead actors with the longest careers is your favorite?

(plural actors can't have "one of the longest careers" - I know what you meant but the words actually said something else)
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Corrected.