Methuselah's Army (Centenarian Celebrities, Past & Present)
As a young man with considerable health problems, nothing impresses me more than other human beings who can find both the will and the means to live to a ripe old age, especially if they're able to maintain their fitness for a long time. To that effect, the entertainment industry I find makes for a particularly interesting case study, as most actors who work with any consistency will be maintaining a serious level of health and fitness as compared to a lot of professions, given the demands of the industry.
There's something about that threshold of 100 which really is special. Once people reach 90 or so, regardless of how healthy or well lived they were, their will and their body parts begin to fail them, and they start dropping like flies. If you look around you and observe all the pitfalls that one can succumb to, it really is quite an amazing accomplishment for somebody to beat the odds and achieve that coveted age of magisterial grace, the title of centenarian.
This list is ordered by longevity. I will also be including any celebrity over 90 who I think has a good shot of making it to 100, because... why not? Saves future editing headaches. If they die before 100 then off they go! ...unless of course I die before I can remove them. Then there would be no one to edit this list and it will gradually lose most of its credibility. What a conundrum...
By Gender - 90 Women + 65 Men = 156 total
French: 15 - (9.6% or 0.0223 per capita by population)
British: 12 - (7.7% or 0.0181 per capita by population)
German: 11 - (7% or 0.0132 per capita by population)
Italian: 10 - (6.4% or 0.0165 per capita by population)
Japanese: 3 - (1.9%)
Russian: 3 - (1.9%)
Mexican: 3 - (1.9%)
Polish: 3 - (1.9%)
Spanish: 3 - (1.9%)
Czechoslovakian: 3 - (1.9%)
Norwegian: 2 - (1.3%)
Swedish: 2 - (1.3%)
Hungarian: 2 - (1.3%)
Austrian: 2 - (1.3%)
Australian: 2 - (1.3%)
Canadian: 2 - (1.3%)
Brazilian: 2 - (1.3%)
Swiss: 2 - (1.3%)
Dutch: 1 - (0.6%)
Finnish: 1 - (0.6%)
Danish: 1 - (0.6%)
Argentinian: 1 - (0.6%)
Portuguese: 1 - (0.6%)
Yugoslavian: 1 - (0.6%)
Indian: 1 - (0.6%)
Chinese: 1 - (0.6%)
Note: In determining nationality for the purpose of these stats, greater emphasis has been placed upon naturalization as opposed to country of origin, for two basic reasons. (1) I'm of the opinion that a greater correlation can be made with longevity and culture/lifestyle, rather than ethnic genetics. That being said, while I'm aware that this will be based ultimately on the attitudes of the individual, and it's very difficult to determine exactly which culture is influencing their lifestyle, I'm still of the opinion that on average when one makes a decision to relocate to another country, it's because they're attracted to that country's culture and are therefore more likely to be influenced by it rather than that of their birth country, though not always. (2) If you disagree with premise one, then I think I can still comfortably fall back on the fact that their artistic base, and the specific national industry that they're a part of is what qualifies them on this list as celebrities in the first place. Regardless of where you were born, if you're an actor and the vast majority of your films are American films, then you're an American actor whether you like it or not!
Note the 2nd: The above stats are not at all scientific, as although I watch a lot of international movies, I tend to shy away from Asian movies, with my focus mainly directed towards the European and Latin world, with American Cinema of course being impossible to dismiss. Why? Aside from Lingual and cultural reasons, it's largely because I don't find Asian women attractive, despite the fact that a lot of fun horror movies come from Asia, and when I look up actors, I tend to look up female actors, or "actresses" as they're sometimes known, much more regularly than I look up male actors, which in turn is what leads me to browse further movies and further actor bios etc. Ironically this is going to be great for feminists, despite it being the case only for "toxic male" reasons. At any rate, this list exists for one reason and one reason only: my interest in viewing and cataloging old movies can only be described as obsessive. OBSESSIVE.