Men are like a fine wine – they get better and more refined with age. Unlike the pressures that women face, actors can embrace a silver streak in their hair or a set of crow’s feet around their eyes. Certain traits on men who enter their older years can certainly make them look more distinguished – attractive, even – when they choose not to fight nature’s remedy for slowing down.
Here, we’ve highlighted some of the men in Hollywood who denied surgery (or so they say!) and chose to age gracefully.
Hugh Jackman, 50
When the character you play on screen doesn’t age, it makes sense that Jackman would try to keep up! After playing Wolverine for 17(!) years, the Ozzie actor appears to be a shining example of how to stay in shape during your later years. The superhero actor also appears in musicals, dramas, and comedies – laughing and running must be his key to looking fresher than ever.
Brad Pitt, 54
Good genes have put Pitt heads and shoulders above the rest when it comes to aging gracefully. The actor, like his friend Clooney, started a family late in life and so his looks weren’t too badly affected by children. Today, he doesn’t look that much older than when he entered the film industry in the 1990s. Despite a nasty divorce with Angelina Jolie, he is expected to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film out next year.
Richard Gere, 69
Gere has had salt ‘n’ pepper hair for a few years now, which suits him well in whatever role he takes on. Raising to fame from Pretty Woman, he has starred alongside Julia Roberts a few times across their career and has kept his place in Hollywood as a leading grey-haired hero. With more films in the pipeline, we can’t wait to see what he gets up to next.
John Stamos, 55
There is a rumor in Hollywood that Stamos actually gets younger as the years go on. At 55, he appears to look healthier than he has in previous years. The Full House star has remained in Hollywood for decades and will continue to appear in films and spin-offs for the years ahead. We wouldn’t be surprised if his first grey hair appears at age 100 when he looks like the average 50-year-old!
Rob Lowe, 54
Sobriety can do wonders to the skin and mind. Rob Lowe was one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors in the 1980s and has remained a heartthrob for decades since. Recently celebrating 25 years of sobriety, Lowe credits his alcoholism to giving him the strength to combat life’s challenges – leaving him with a healthy glow.
Javier Bardem, 49
This Oscar-winning Spanish sensation is aging gracefully as he decides to take more senior roles. After spooking audiences with his performance as a James Bond Villain in 2012’s Skyfall, Bardem is showing Hollywood that being an older, greyer, senior can bring charm and sophistication. That, and his powerful Spanish accent makes him one of the most desirable older men working today.
Jeff Goldblum, 64
With skin like this, Goldblum must know a thing or two about moisturizing. The actor is almost a senior citizen, but that doesn’t stop him charming audiences in action blockbusters like Thor: Ragnarok and Independence Day. His unique charm has been this actor in work for decades, and now oozes the sophistication of an older man with wisdom. His roles remain just as zany as when he first appeared on our screen in the 1980s.
Viggo Mortensen, 59
With his flowing locks of hair and subtle crow’s feet around the eyes, Mortensen looks at least 10 or 15 years younger than his actual age. After appearing in The Lord of the Rings franchise and in coming of age stories like Captain Fantastic. The actor is incredibly versatile and can play roles that vary in age from 30-60, something he wouldn’t be able to do if he had pumped himself with botox!
Eric McCormack, 55
Amazingly, Eric McCormack re-entered our screens with the revival of Will and Grace without looking a year older! The actor is well into his fifties and yet he keeps looking fresh and young. Perhaps the role of a young, gay, bachelor has rubbed off on him. Off-screen, the actor is married (to a woman) and has a young child, so perhaps it’s fatherhood that is keeping his mind and body looking fresh.
George Clooney, 57
It has only been a few years since Clooney embraced his age by allowing his grey hair to grow out, and boy did it pay off! As well as settling down with a wife and kids later on in life, Clooney has very comfortably transitioned from young bachelor to distinct family man. His crow’s feet around his eyes are proof of a life of laughing, and his grey hair shows sophistication. We can’t wait to see how this Hollywood hero embraces fatherhood in the next few years.
Idris Elba, 46
Straight out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Idris Elba is getting more distinguished with age. After playing iconic roles in Thor, Mandela, and Luther, Elba is allowing the greys appear on his beard. The British gem was even eyed to play James Bond for a few years, although since embracing his older persona it may be off the charts. Still, we can look forward to many more performances from him in the future.
Paul Rudd, 49
Rudd has been on our screens for more than 20 years and has always kept his boyish charm close at bay. Ever since starring in films like Clueless and Wet, Hot, American Summer, he is now a hero in the biggest film franchise of all time – the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amazingly, he doesn’t seem to have aged a day. He keeps his childish charm in all his performances, making him one of Hollywood’s most attractive older man.
Will Smith, 50
When someone celebrates their 50th birthday by bungee jumping, you know he lives a certain youthful lifestyle. The Fresh Prince is keeping fresh with his young glow and positive attitude. As someone who embodies immaturity and respect, he has many years ahead as one of America’s most attractive middle-aged actors.
Kevin Bacon, 60
Despite most of his fame and glory coming from his early days in Footloose and Apollo 13, the all-American star is embracing a new persona as an older character actor. Recently, he has appeared in shows like I Love Dick and The Following. Now entering his sixties, Bacon can enjoy a brand-new generation of work that will set him aside. With his gracious old age, who knows what he will appear in next…
Johnny Depp, 55
Johnny Depp often plays roles that require a lot of makeup, so who knows if he’s just become an expert at disguise? As he approaches his mid-fifties, it’s clear the character actor sticks to a strict regime as he ages with sophistication and charm. The older look suits him much better than when he was younger
Tom Cruise, 56
Starting his film career in the 1980s, Tom Cruise has transformed into one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars. He leads the Mission Impossible franchise where he runs, kicks, punches, and shoots his way through an army of villains. As a man famous for completing his own stunts, Cruise can cruise his way through middle age looking fresher than ever.
Shemar Moore, 48
It’s hard to believe this action star is almost 50 years of age. First appearing on our screens in the 1990s with The Young and the Restless, the gorgeous actor has remained in work for more than 20 years! Still, he is aging with grace and charm that gives us the chance to swoon over him in any role he takes. Today, he is wowing audiences in S.W.A.T and Criminal Minds.
Tim McGraw, 51
Country music must be a cure of old age since McGraw is singing and performing like ever before. The music he plays is reminiscent of nostalgia and love for the good old days, which perfectly matches his look of America’s favorite country music dad.
Mario Lopez, 45
For someone with such a boyish and cheeky charm, it’s hard to believe this host and presenter is on the wrong side of 40. Finding fame in Saved By The Bell from the 1990s, Lopez has remained in the public eye ever since, growing older naturally and by adopting a healthy lifestyle of nutritious foods and exercise.
Taye Diggs, 47
Despite age creeping up on his, Diggs has managed to maintain a young and boyish charm that keeps him looking young and refined. The Broadway actor has appeared on stage and on screen as one of America’s most notable stars. Settling into middle age, Diggs looks and sounds the part of a man who is embracing his age with charming results.
Stanley Tucci, 57
Tucci oozes so much sophistication and charm that it’s hard to imagine him as anything younger than what he is. He barely looks older than 40, yet also has enough wrinkles to warrant the reputation of everyone’s favorite older companion. With charm like this, we can see him as a future Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman series.