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Hollywood evergreens




Age hasn't quite withered the skills or the box office draw of these global stars.

SEAN CONNERY


The possessor of the world's most famous Scottish brogue has clearly been one of cinema's most enduring stars too. Instantly vaulted to superstardom exactly 50 years ago, when he first filled out a finely-cut tuxedo as James Bond, Connery never quite let go of his halo until he stopped acting after 2003. He was still pulling them in as a greybeard in 1999, alongside a far younger Catherine Zeta-Jones, in Entrapment, which made over $200 million worldwide. No wonder People magazine voted him, at age 69, its 'Sexiest Man of the Century' in 1999

MERYL STREEP


It's not just the men, Hollywood also makes room for divas to go on. Look at Streep, currently 63 and Hollywood's most applauded female actor. She's not just been garnering acting awards over the last decade;she's also been pumping out hits. In fact most of the biggest box-office successes of her career (Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, It's Complicated) have been released over the last few years, and have helped show that there's a whole new demographic out there that filmmakers should be catering to. One for the ladies, clearly

CLINT EASTWOOD


Perhaps Hollywood's most iconic figure ever, Dirty Harry is still quite a draw at 82. One reason the Republican Party thought it could get him to give the Mitt Romney campaign a big boost by rambling on - rather painfully as it turned out - at its national convention. But the actor-director's big screen outings, especially when he dons the greasepaint, are still notable Hollywood events. Gran Torino, for instance, which starred the then 78-year old and grossed an eye-popping $269 million at the box office. Go ahead, say it, Clint still makes our day!

SYLVESTER STALLONE


A star who first gave new meaning to the power of runaway testosterone and male bonding in the 1970s, Stallone has returned to doing the same at a sprightly 66. While his star power did take a dive in the '90s, Stallone returned to box-office prominence by rehashing his old Rocky and Rambo franchises, and proving that viewer nostalgia is a viable commodity. No wonder, his pal Arnold Schwarzenegger has hitched his faded star to Stallone's for a movie comeback. Nuff said, go watch The Expendables 2, one of this year's biggest action hits

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