Most famous actor born the same year as you
It can be shocking when you learn that a celebrity is either much older or much younger than you expected. Famous people notoriously look younger than their actual ages, and the nature of the entertainment industry is such that its frequenters often feel ageless. Classic movies and television shows transcend time and have the uncanny ability to transport their viewers through a variety of eras, cultural moments, and, of course, styles. But it’s also intriguing when actors are exactly your own age—and grew up with the same popular culture you enjoyed.
Have you ever wondered what actors share your birth year? To find out, Stacker organized a list of celebrities’ ages by looking at the top 10 actors for each year using IMDb’s STARmeter, and combining that with the most monthly Wikipedia page views for November 2017 through December 2018. This gallery begins with 1918, when William Holden of "The Wild Bunch" came into the world, and concludes in 2006 with Jacob Tremblay of "Before I Wake" fame. Hard as it is to believe, “Home Alone” child actor Macaulay Culkin is now 38 years old—and the late Marlon Brando was born 95 years ago.
Keep reading for more surprises, and to see which famous actor has the same birth year as you.
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1918: William Holden
- Birthday: April 17, 1918 (Died: Nov. 12, 1981)
- Notable work: "Stalag 17," "Sunset Boulevard," "Network," "The Wild Bunch"
- Acting credits: 76
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,003,009
William Holden is one of the rare Golden Age of Hollywood actors who also appeared on TV, even winning a Primetime Emmy award for Best Actor in "The Blue Knight." But Holden is most famous for being a silver screen star with epic performances in "Sunset Boulevard" and “Network,” which earned him Oscar nominations. He won Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 1954 for “Stalag 17.”
1919: Donald Pleasence
- Birthday: Oct. 5, 1919 (Died: Feb. 2 1995)
- Notable work: "Halloween II," "Halloween," "The Great Escape," "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers"
- Acting credits: 234
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 656,997
Donald Pleasence was such a prolific actor that he garnered 234 credits over his 50-year career. Pleasence is well known by horror fans for his recurring role as Sam Loomis in the "Halloween" franchise. But earlier in his career he also played the Bond villain Blofeld in “You Only Live Twice.”
1920: Mickey Rooney
- Birthday: Sept. 23, 1920 (Died: April 6, 2014)
- Notable work: "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Babes in Arms," "Night at the Museum"
- Acting credits: 336
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,226,510
Mickey Rooney had one of the longest careers in the history of cinema, with 336 acting credits. Rooney has two Oscars, two Golden Globes, a Primetime Emmy, and countless other awards. His most famous roles include the (now problematic) Mr. Yunioshi in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the lead in the original “Night at the Museum,” and Dingbell in “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”
1921: Charles Bronson
- Birthday: Nov. 3, 1921 (Died: Aug. 30, 2003)
- Notable work: "Once Upon a Time in the West," "Death Wish," "The Great Escape," "The Magnificent Seven"
- Acting credits: 163
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,337,526
Charles Bronson’s long and storied career included numerous turns as a vigilante, tough guy, or Wild West cowboy out for revenge. His role as Paul Kersey in “Death Wish” spawned four sequels alone. Bronson also starred in all-time great movies like “The Great Escape,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.”
1922: Christopher Lee
- Birthday: May 27, 1922 (Died: June 7, 2015)
- Notable work: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," "The Wicker Man," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
- Acting credits: 280
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,482,243
Born in London, Sir Christopher Lee was an actor with immense gravitas who had a late-in-life acting resurgence. That resurgence included “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Earlier roles include classics as the villain in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun,” and “The Wicker Man” in 1973. Lee was knighted in 2009 by Prince Charles.
1923: Richard Attenborough
- Birthday: Aug. 29, 1923 (Died: Aug. 24, 2014)
- Notable work: "Jurassic Park," "Gandhi," "The Great Escape," "Miracle on 34th Street"
- Acting credits: 79
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,455,677
Richard Attenborough was an actor, director, and producer who won an Academy Award for producing and directing “Gandhi” in 1982. Born in Cambridge, England, Attenborough is the older brother of famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and is also known for his famous roles in “Jurassic Park,” “The Great Escape,” and as Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street.”
1924: Marlon Brando
- Birthday: April 3, 1924 (Died: July 1, 2004)
- Notable work: "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather," "Last Tango in Paris," "On the Waterfront"
- Acting credits: 46
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,599,614
Widely considered one of the greatest American actors, Marlon Brando was an eccentric artist whose work spanned the stage and screen. Brando starred in “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway in 1947. He reprised the role on the silver screen and was nominated for an Oscar. Brando won the Oscar for Best Actor for “On the Waterfront,” and again for “The Godfather.” His other films include “Apocalypse Now," “Last Tango in Paris," and “Julius Caesar."
1925: Dick Van Dyke
- Birthday: Dec. 13, 1925
- Notable work: "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Night at the Museum"
- Acting credits: 80
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,369,650
Dick Van Dyke is a Tony-, Grammy-, and Emmy-award winning performer, whose career has lasted more than 50 years and is still going. Van Dyke first achieved fame in the eponymous “The Dick Van Dyke Show” for which he won multiple Primetime Emmys. He went on to star in “Bye Bye Birdie,” and smash hits “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
1926: Mel Brooks
- Birthday: June 28, 1926
- Notable work: "Spaceballs," "History of the World: Part I," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles"
- Acting credits: 56
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,833,925
A member of the exclusive EGOT club (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky, is a legendary comedian, actor, writer, and director. Best known for creating “The Producers,” which won an Oscar on the big screen and a Tony on stage, Brooks has been making people laugh since the 1940s. Other classic comedies by the filmmaker include “Spaceballs," “History of the World: Part I," “Young Frankenstein," and “Blazing Saddles."
1927: Roger Moore
- Birthday: Oct. 14, 1927 (Died: May 23, 2017)
- Notable work: "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Moonraker," "Live and Let Die," "Octopussy"
- Acting credits: 95
- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,673,033
British actor Roger Moore is best known for his turn as James Bond. He starred in seven installments, including “The Spy Who Loved Me," “Octopussy," and “Live and Let Die." Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, Moore had a famously storied career that earned him 95 acting credits over 70 years.