Oldies but goodies: 10 current TV performers of Social Security age

  • Updated: June 23, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in Masters of Sex (season 1, episode 12) - Photo: Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_112_0338 ORG XMIT: 5/21/13

With Emmy nominations right around the corner, let’s hope voters respect their elders. Here are 10 TV performers, all 65 or older, who did some of the best work of their careers this past season.

Kathy Bates, 65

The role: Delphine LaLaurie in “American Horror Story,” a 19th-century slave killer who is cursed with eternal life and buried alive. Lots of fun at parties.


Beau Bridges, 72

The role: Barton Scully in “Masters of Sex,” a closeted provost who is anything but a sexual master. Bears a slight resemblance to Dad on “The Millers.”

Charles Dance, 67

The role: Tywin Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” the politically savvy lord who just got the world’s worst Father’s Day gift from his son.


Danny DeVito, 69

The role: Frank Reynolds in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” a schemer who always finds new ways to prove that he’s bonkers.


Jane Fonda, 76

The role: Leona Lansing in “The Newsroom,” a media mogul who would make an awfully nice match for Ted Turner.


Charles Grodin, 79

The role: Dr. Bigelow, the no-nonsense doctor in “Louie” who believes sarcasm is the best medicine.

Robert Morse, 83

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