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At 95, Romanian actor earns distinction as world's oldest

December 17, 2013

Hollywood lost two acting legends over the weekend - "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole and "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine - and while the two venerable stars had not graced the screen in years, one man in Romania is still doing so well into his 90s. Radu Beligan, 95, was recently dubbed the world's oldest active actor, The Associated Press reported.

Beligan has been acting for more than 70 years, and he certainly hasn't slowed down in recent years. In fact, he currently stars in the play "Number One." During his long career, he has had the lead in approximately 80 plays, 30 films and countless television and radio appearances. Despite his impressive accomplishment, Beligan said he owes all his success to the fans.

"I have no merits at all. I am the result of the love you've shown me for so many, many years," he said during a ceremony to confirm his place in the Guinness World Records, according to the AP.

Although Beligan may have earned the distinction of the oldest active actor, he is certainly not the only one who has made acting a part of senior living. In fact, many of the biggest movies of 2013 featured actors in their 60s and 70s. Robert Redford, who recently turned 77, made waves thanks to his performance in the critically acclaimed movie "All Is Lost." he is even considered to be a front runner for an Academy Award nomination. 

Of course, Redford is just one of many acting legends to have an impact on the big screen his year. Judi Dench, 79,  is also earning praise for her performance in "Philomena," which hit theaters in November. Bruce Dern, 77, has also received attention for his turn in "Nebraska."