Just like some professional athletes have trouble hanging up their games, some actors seem to find this to be a challenge too.
While there is no law acting until you can no longer physically do it, some in the entertainment profession keep cranking out movies and television appearances, thereby delaying their ride off into the sunset.
If you think some actors are sitting in their recliners these days, think again.
All one has to do is look at some of the following movie stars:
* Sylvester Stallone – Stallone, 66, who starred this year in the action flick Bullet to the Head, is also slated to star in 2013 with fellow action film hero Arnold Schwarzenegger (see below) in the action thriller The Tomb. Needless to say, these two have racked up a few frequent flier miles over the years in reaching their film destinations. Stallone is also reportedly considering another Rambo movie down the road;
* Arnold Schwarzenegger – The former Governor of California has not kept his face or name out of the limelight since leaving the political scene, not to mention a well-advertised divorce with Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger, 65, is no spring chicken himself, though he certainly looks good for his age. Reports say that the “Terminator” will don his other famous role, starring next year in The Legend of Conan;
* Bruce Willis – Not many die harder in Hollywood than this guy, especially when it comes to action films. Willis, 57, is currently starring in A Good Day to Die Hard. For those not aware, this is Willis’ fifth movie in the series starring character John McClane. While younger than both Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Willis may move just a tad slower when chasing those bad guys.
Switching over to the television screen, here are a few who refuse or up until recently refused to slow down:
* Betty White – The last surviving member of The Golden Girls hit comedy, White, 91, shows no signs whatsoever of calling it quits. White, who has most recently been seen in the TV Land show Hot in Cleveland, also had a long run on The Mary Tyler Moore Show back in the 1970s;
* Larry Hagman – Best known for his television roles of Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and J.R. Ewing on Dallas, Hagman, 81, was continuing to appear in the latter remake of the 1980′s nighttime soap hit until his death last November from leukemia. Hagman made J.R. Ewing a worldwide character, with his most memorable moment in the show’s infamous episode (1980), whereby fans were left wondering just who shot J.R.? The Dallas remake is currently airing on TNT;
* William Shatner – One generation knows him as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, one generation relates to him as T.J. Hooker, and still another generation will remember him one day as the guy from the Priceline commercials. However they choose to remember Shatner, 81, he still shows no signs of slowing down.
So, what are your thoughts on some of these legendary figures from the world of film and television?
Are the reputations of the five living names mentioned in any manner hurt when they continue to act well past their prime? If not, would you like to see them continuing to act until they no longer can?
One thing’s for certain, they all have at one time managed to locate the Fountain of Youth.
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