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20 Actors You May Have Forgotten Were Once Face Meltingly Hot

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 21, 2013 | Comments ()


No. Probably not you. You didn't forget. You were raised on a steady diet of classic movies. You've always known these older actors were the hotness. But maybe someone else forgot. Someone less in touch all things black and white. I should also note that most (if not all) of these actors are still sexy in my book. Age has not withered their appeal, even if it has withered other things.

Angela Lansbury

Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lannister)

Jessica Lange
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Michael Gambon

Tommy Lee Jones
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Mandy Patinkin (Holla)

Angelica Huston

Alan Arkin (NSFW)

Gena Rowlands

Maggie Smith

Martin Landau

Max Von Sydow

Ian McKellan

Emanuelle Riva

Ian McShane

Jessica Walter

Michael Caine

Cloris Leachman

Judi Dench
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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Capt Obvious

    Apparently people are better looking when they're 50 years younger. Who knew?

  • D

    Charles Dance looks better now in my opinion. But goddamn Martin Landau! What a fucking babe!

  • LoLola

    WHERE IS CAPTAIN VON TRAPP?! Unacceptable.

  • $38825398

    Why are woman mad about this. Isn't it flattering to look at someone in a different light. When A woman grows exceedingly older, a younger man will not find her attractive because she starts to resemble a mother or grandmother figure to him. it doesn't mean she isn't still beautiful, she is just looked at differently. I was extremely surprised at how beautiful and young Angela Lansbury was. I have only seen her as an elderly woman.

  • Joe Dirt

    Terrence Stamp

  • Ben

    Pfft, Judy Dench is still fucking hot. I'll knife fight anyone that says otherwise.

  • sars

    young Mandy Patinkin looks soooo much like my boyfriend, and old Mandy Patinkin looks almost identical to my boyfiriend's father. I think I'll stick around for this one.

  • Lindsey Gregory

    Cristoph Waltz is giving me some Ryan Gosling vibes here, which has triggered a down-there tingle: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tum...

  • ThirdShift

    You forgot the hotness that is the young Iain Glen. I mean, look at this. Seriously, right?


  • Mrs. Julien

    Still hot.

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    Charles Dance is still pretty hot.

  • pepper

    Dame Helen Mirren - was, is and will be HOT.
    Had to put this here because some whippersnapper in my class decided to call her an old hag. Hag?! Travesty and blasphemy!!
    He probably wouldn't know hot if it melted his a$$ off.

  • Angelica Huston was never 'hot'. Interesting looking? Very much so.

  • BWeaves

    What I like about all of these actors is that they don't look like anyone else. They didn't tweak their looks to make themselves cookiecutter, because we didn't have the technology (or only old people did it).

    Michael Gambon surprises me the most, because I've never seen him young before. Everyone else, I'm familiar with.

  • Youth. Meltingly hot? Nah, just young.

  • iamjames

    Oh my god I could lick Maggie Smith's leg up and down to a perfect shine.

  • AxlProse

    Yeah Buzzfeed did this about 2 months ago.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Wait...wait...WAIT. Someone on the Internet did something before I thought of doing it? Unpossible, sir.

  • AxlProse

    Your ambition towards originality is staggering.

  • junierizzle

    Terri Garr, am I right?

  • Kate at June

    I see one hot man here.

  • Adrien

    I saw a photo of young Maggie Smith in our office. I thought she was Marion Cotillard.

  • A. Smith

    I probably would say the women of the 60's Casino Royale would make the list.

  • Sara Habein

    Anjelica Huston 4lyfe, man.

  • kimk

    Hmm, I am not sure Tommy Lee Jones was ever face-melting hot; maybe just slightly less terrifying? But, for the most part, isn't this just a list of attractive young people who became attractive older people? We aren't talking "Wild One" Brando vs. "Apolcalypse Now" Brando.

  • Adrien

    Somehow I find TLJ strangely attractive in "The Executioner's Song".

  • theotherone

    Lindsay Lohan (circa 2004).

  • Laurie Lolo Oatsvall Hutson

    there is a big difference between aged and drugged

  • overandout

    Except for Tommy Lee Jones who looks like a different person to me, all these people look exactly the same now, just wrinkly-er. Are you guys saying that once people get old, you can no longer tell the difference between the hotties and the notties? Kind of ageist....I'm only 27 but it's not like I can't tell the difference between good-looking people and not good looking people once they hit the age of 65.

  • MikeD

    "Only" 27? You might be young compared to the people on this list, but don't get carried away.

  • overandout

    'Only' said to avoid the charge of wishful thinking that age doesn't vastly change one's face. I'm painfully aware that as a woman I am pretty close to being put out to pasture.

  • PDamian

    Regretfully, I must disagree on Ian McKellen and Anjelica Huston. Ian was not bad, but "face meltingly hot"? More like, "not unattractive, and his intelligence and talent make him much more attractive." As for Anjelica, well ... she photographed extremely well, but even John Huston, her father, opined that she was "a mite plain." That woman is proof that even a not-so-pretty woman can make herself beautiful with the right cosmetics, a smashing fashion sense, and enough personality and charisma to overcome initial appearances.

  • foolsage

    To my eyes, young Ian McKellen was fairly staggering, like a prettier Malcolm McDowell. I'm a straight guy but daaaaaamn, he had it going on. But to each their own.

  • e jerry powell


    I'll have you know that Mandy Patinkin is still jogging naked through my dreams. Especially as Saul and Avigdor. Hot Jewish Daddies are a weakness of mine.

    Tommy Lee Jones does look better when he's not annoyed/constipated.

    Alas, not everyone can age as well as Paul Newman or (at least to me) James Garner.

  • Jen

    NO ONE was hotter than James Garner in the 50's ans 60's. That man was beautiful beyond belief.

  • e jerry powell

    He wasn't so bad in Victor/Victoria.

  • sean

    No one will ever age as well ad Paul Newman did. Although Helen Mirren seems to be giving it her best shot.

  • Skyler Durden

    I sort of hate posts like this (buzzfeed does them all the time) because there is an implication that

    1) They are no longer hot, and

    2) Getting older means you are no longer seen as sexually relevant.

    As a female, I already know that my expiration date is looming. I don't need to be reminded.

  • This.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Later, I'm going to go on a 20 minute diatribe about the term "cougar", its offensiveness, and how grateful I'm supposed to be that I'm still considered sexually viable because, deep down, all women are just dirty sex-craving sluts anyway, no matter what their age, just as long as we're still good-looking; and we should be grateful if someone has extended our "expiration date".

  • zeke_the_pig

    - grabs popcorn - ...

  • Mrs. Julien

    Although I do not in any way think that is what Joanna was doing here.

  • emmelemm

    Missing the obligatory young, blond, shirtless Christopher Walken picture.

    But yeah, my face is melted.

  • Lovely Bones

    I had legitimately forgotten that there was a time in Tommy Lee Jones' life before he was craggy-faced and old. I could swear he was born looking like that, Benjamin Button style, and just never aged backwards or forwards.

  • kirbyjay

    Tommy Lee Jones in Back Roads. See it. Believe it.

  • "M"

    I'd already thought he was kind of a face-melter circa The Fugitive (it's the jeans. and the tone of command. and those eyes). But yow.

  • All I can see when I look at young Tommy Lee Jones is Jeremy Sisto.

  • Idle Primate

    otherwise known as a list for young people who dont watch movies

  • Finn

    Also, in order to fully understand Jessica Lange's sex appeal, one must see "The Postman Always Ring Twice" Bonus: naked, oiled Anjelica Huston.

  • kirbyjay

    Always Mr. Kirbyjay's favorite, especially after the table/flour scene

  • pumpkin

    Ian McShane...zowie!!

  • badkittyuno

    Christopher Plummer. I saw Sound of Music again for the first time since I was a kid and my god. My face was fine but there was some melting south of the border.

  • LB

    What? No Peter O'Toole?

  • ed newman

    Young Ian McShane has just been cast in the upcoming biopic: Green Days and Sexy Nights: The Billy Joe Armstrong Story

  • lowercase_ryan

    - Lansbury surprises me most on this list.
    - Jessica Lang has redefined "clutching pearls" for me
    - Angelica Huston Holy shit. I mean seriously, holy shit.
    - Landau has always been creepy as fuck, wth is wrong with you?
    - I wish I looked like Ian McKellan. That's a hell of a good looking dude.
    - Ian McShane should not be allowed to smile. It's just weird.

  • "M"

    "Angelica Huston Holy shit. I mean seriously, holy shit."

    See Prizzi's Honor. And this was in a film with Kathleen Turner as the other female lead. It was her Oscar. She was unbelievable. I wanted to be her when I grew up.

  • semilitterate

    Agree totally with your take on Landau.. Plus he always seems to take himself waaay too seriously

  • inshallah

    Oh, and let's not forget Maximilian Schell .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

  • Miss Kate


  • Finn

    Jessica Lange was poised to age beautifully....naturally. The current state of her face makes me sad. Oh, and Ian McShane is much sexier now.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I've always admired Ian McShane and I even know what movie that photo is from. Added bonus: young Suzanne Pleshette.


  • sean

    Hell yes

  • damnitjanet

    Jessica Lange...see Frances. Just...see it.

  • Slash

    I disagree with some of these. But not Jessica Lange. She's still hot.

  • fluff_fluff

    Young Judi Dench looks an awful lot like Adele (helped by the fact that Adele styles it like it's 1964), no?

  • Robert

    That's also Judi Dench in the London premiere of Cabaret. Those are the other girls in the club behind her, probably vamping during Don't Tell Mama.

  • minxy

    It's interesting how beauty can be divorced from sexiness--I always think of them as the same thing, but they're really not. To me, present day Jessica Lange is very beautiful, but those pictures of her as a young woman make me kinda heady. She's desultory. Same thing with Max Von Sydow. He's handsome in his own right as an older gentleman, but it's totally separate from that young guy in the picture, who is just insanely hot.

  • talldinael

    Charles dance is still beautiful

  • A. Smith

    I can't think of him without thinking Golden Child.

  • Mrs. Julien

    White Mischief - I saw it in the theatre. Dance was, and I know this is very high praise, on par with Ms. Scacchi in terms of physical beauty.

  • PDamian

    Yes indeedy. He was in a film called "White Mischief" years ago with Greta Scacchi that featured some bedroom scenes that still make me melt when I think about them. He's not too shabby-looking as an older man, too.

  • sean

    Sigh...Greta Scacchi. So damn hot.

  • Martin Landau = Thomas Barrow

  • jM

    I once dreamt that I was being serenaded by a naked Mandy Patinkin circa The Princess Bride. It was very hot until he started singing, "You know who you are. Your love's as sweet as candy. I'll be forever yours. Love always, Mandy." Then I laughed myself awake.

  • Natallica

    Well hello there, Minerva McGonnagams!

  • logan

    yeah I believe that pic of Jessica Lange is from the 70's King Kong remake and yes she was the best part of that crappy movie.

  • ed newman

    Her character was the worst part of that movie, vain, self-centered, dimwitted and fame-hungry. It probably had nothing to do with Lange, but I hated her character. She was undeniably smoking hot though.

    And she's been great in just about everything else she's ever done. She (for Tootsie), Jennifer Connelly (for A Beautiful Mind), and Kate Hudson (for Almost Famous) are the only three performances after which I think I fell totally in love with the actress.

  • Gabs

    I'm surprised at the lack of Betty White. Every time I see a picture of her in her 20s or 30s, I'm just awestruck by how beautiful she was.

    And I think Mandy Patinkin has gotten better with age. His look as Saul is pretty damn great.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mr. Julien ALWAYS mentions how sexy and hot the young Angela Lansbury was.

  • Idle Primate

    she was the girl with the legs

  • BachOClock

    Maybe it's just me but young Tommy Lee Jones bears a resemblance to Jason Schwartzman. I think it's the eyebrows.

  • apsutter

    Jessica Lange is still gorgeous. I always forget how stunning Angela Lansbury is! Those eyes!!

  • carrie

    tommy lee jones was hot

  • Samantha Klein

    Ohhh, Judi. I want to be you when I grow up. Even your wrinkles are gorgeous.

  • PDamian

    That's my boo you're talking about. Hawt at any age.

  • Brittaney

    Damn! Judi Dench was and still looks amazing!!

  • They should call her Damn! Judi Dench.

  • pajiba

    My sentiments exactly. Also, Damn! Christoph Waltz.

  • psemophile

    Anjelica Huston is still face-meltingly hot.

  • Bodhi

    Face melting, maybe. Her latest nip/tuck doesn't look so great.


  • psemophile

    Ohgod I've never seen this one before. Compared to what she looked like before, she looks like Jabba the Hutt with makeup in this one.

  • Kala

    Agreed. She was ALWAYS be beautiful.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Wow! Ian Mcshane surprises me the most I think!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Dame Judi, putting naughty boys in their place since the 60s.

  • TheOtherGreg

    I dunno. I think there's a difference between 'Face Meltingly Hot', and 'Hotter than You Might Expect'

  • Kayel

    This 1000x
    So many other old Hollywood stars that are actually Face Melting Hot. Jessica Lange is the one on this list that fits that description

  • Alice


  • kirivinokur

    I agree. Of these, only Jessica Lange's melts my face.

  • Paolo Kagaoan

    Blasphemy! Jessica Lange is still hot!

  • Skyler Durden

    For reals.

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