Famous people who reached the age of 100 (and beyond)

TV legend Norman Lear has passed away at the age of 101

Stars Insider

06/12/23 | StarsInsider


Time is almost never on our side, and seems to continuously run out before our eyes. That’s why we as a species chase longevity. We seek it out through technology or medical advancements or spirituality—or simply by lying! Still, prolonged life remains elusive. Except for the lucky few who keep kicking right into (and beyond) the centenarian club.

Norman Lear was one of the most famous centenarians, as he continued to work, win awards, and make red carpet appearances after his hundredth birthday! Sadly, Lear passed away at the age of 101 on December 5, 2023. He is remembered for his incredibly lengthy and distinguished career as a screenwriter and producer in the television and film industry. He is most recognized for his successful TV shows, including 'Maude,' 'The Facts of Life,' 'All in the Family,' and 'Sanford and Son.' His work revolutionized American TV in the 1970s and he continued to work up until shortly before his death. In 2020, he made history as the oldest person ever to win an Emmy at the age of 98. 

There are numerous famous people who have lived to 100 years and beyond, and that number will probably increase as the years go on and we perfect the art of living even longer. But first, let’s see which stars in recent history have achieved the century-old feat. Click through to find out.

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