Most successful people over 80
buzz aldrin 81 years old
Why he's famous: This second man to walk on the moon, a West Point grad, served in the U.S. Air Force before moving to NASA and the Apollo 11 moon-walking mission. Aldrin jumped back into the spotlight in 2010 on "Dancing With the Stars" and is undergoing a legal battle with his wife.
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maya angelou 83 years old
Why she's famous: Author and poet Maya Angelou is known for her autobiographical series, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". One of her notable achievements includes reading a poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.
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bob barker 87 years old
Why he's famous: Bob Barker got his start hosting game show "Truth or Consequences" in 1956. He moved on to several more game shows before becoming the host of "The Price is Right". Which comedian replaced Barker as host of the legendary game show?
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bobby bowden 81 years old
Why he's famous: Bobby Bowden spent many seasons coaching the Florida State football team. He led the team to a national championship but retired in 2010 amid a scandal.
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warren buffett 81 years old
Why he's famous: Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is the third richest person in the world. He's known as one of the most successful investors as well as a dedicated philanthropist, as he plans to give away a huge portion of his wealth to charity.
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sean connery 81 years old
Why he's famous: Before starring as James Bond, Sean Connery trained as a bodybuilder and got offered a contract with a legendary English soccer club.
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dick van dyke 85 years old
Why he's famous: Dick Van Dyke made his first network TV appearance on the game show "Chance of a Lifetime" in 1954. Six years later he began starring in the classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show", for which he won three Emmys.
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clint eastwood 81 years old
Why he's famous: Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood got his start on a TV western in 1959. Eastwood has established himself as one of the most acclaimed directors in history, winning awards for many films, including "Invictus," "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Million Dollar Baby."
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gene hackman 81 years old
Why he's famous: Gene Hackman rose to fame in 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde" and has starred in many films. One of his most recent roles was in a 2001 dramedy, alongside Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow.
cloris leachman 85 years old
Why she's famous: Cloris Leachman is best known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom in the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " More recently, the actress/comedian starred as Grandma Ida in this TV series and showed off her dancing moves in "Dancing With the Stars".
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stan lee 88 years old
Why he's famous: Legendary Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee is responsible for giving the world superheroes Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The X-Men. Lee hosted a reality show and acted in several films in more recent years.
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roger moore 83 years old
Why he's famous: The suave actor hit it big by starring in the action-adventure TV series "The Saint" in the '60s. Moore went on to star as James Bond in a number of films, including "Live and Let Die" and "A View to Kill."
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toni morrison 80 years old
Why she's famous: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison got her start as an editor for a major publishing company. She went on to publish her own novels, including "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved".
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rupert murdoch 80 years old
Why he's famous: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch built the company up after his father died, acquiring media outlets in Australia, the U.S., the United Kingdom and other countries. Read about the current phone-hacking scandal rocking his empire and find outhow much Murdoch is worth.
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joe paterno 84 years old
Why he's famous: The famous head coach of the Penn State football team, Joe Paterno got his start as an assistant coach at the university in 1950. He has more than 400 Division 1 wins and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
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queen elizabeth II 85 years old
Why she's famous: Her royal highness, Queen Elizabeth II, began her reign as Queen of England Feb. 6, 1952. She is also the constitutional head of the Commonwealth realms. See photos of grandson Prince William's wedding earlier this year.
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regis philbin 80 years old
Why he’s famous: The talk show host rose to fame after appearing on "The Joey Bishop Show" and currently holds the Guinness World Record for spending the most time in front of a TV camera. Check out the TV shows he’s been on.
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don rickles 85 years old
Why he's famous: The comedian first tried his hand at acting after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts but switched to stand-up when he couldn't find work. Although best known for his comedy routines, Rickles has starred in a number of movies and is the voice of a character in the "Toy Story" films.
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doris roberts 80 years old
Why she's famous: The blond star has been acting for years and has starred in a number of films. She is best known for her role in "Everybody Loves Raymond", for which she won four Emmys.
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william shatner 80 years old
Why he's famous: The actor really hit it big as Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" TV series and films. Shatner became the face for travel website Priceline.com in 1999 and more recently starred in the now-canceled sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says."
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barbara walters 81 years old
Why she's famous: The legendary journalist and talk show host got her start in 1961 as a writer and researcher on the "Today" show before becoming its host. Walters went on to "ABC Evening News" and "20/20" before launching her own show, "The View." Read about the interview Walters referred to as the most inspirational.
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adam west 82 years old
Why he's famous: Best known for playing Batman in the TV series and film, this Walla Walla, Wash., native first got noticed in "The Young Philadelphians" in 1959. West starred in a number of films throughout his career, although he'll most likely always be known for his stint as Batman.
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betty white 89 years old
Why she's famous: The world's most beloved grandma, Betty White is best known for her roles in the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls," although she's been in many more TV shows and films throughout her career. Despite being in her 80s, she maintains her saucy attitude.
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