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Sylvester Stallone as Rambo 12. Sylvester Stallone
BORN: 1947

63 in THE EXPENDABLES (2010)
61 in RAMBO (2008)
Only just reached 60, but Sly seems to have found a new lease of life in recent times after a number of years in the wilderness. He hit rock-bottom after a string of flops including Get Carter (2000) Driven (2001) and D-Tox (2002), but he and his career have been reinvigorated after reprising the parts that made him famous.
 
He got back in the ring to play an elderly Rocky Balboa, 16 years after he last portrayed the boxer, and then saddled up for another shot at John Rambo, 19 years after his last battle. Despite his age, JB showed he'd lost none of his killer instinct, as he came out of self-imposed exile to rescue a group of Christian aid workers in war-torn Burma. Gory, the film had the highest body count of any Rambo movie (236).

While Stallone probably won't back for a seventh installment in the Rocky series, chances are he will return for a fifth Rambo movie sometime in the near future. Before then though, a a newly streamlined Stallone is gearing up for the action extravanganza The Expendables (2010), which he will also direct, and co-star Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Ben Kingsley, Eric Roberts and now possibly Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 
Sidney Poitier as Oscar Winner 11. Sidney Poitier
BORN: 1927

69 in THE JACKAL (1997)
64 in SNEAKERS (1992)
60 in LITTLE NIKITA (1988)
60 in SHOOT TO KILL (1988)

One of the great actors of all-time in any genre (well, in my opinion anyway) who was equally adept at action as he was drama or comedy. He was of course the first black man to win an Academy Award when he received the gong in 1963 for his performance in Lillies of the Field. It came five years after his first nomination for The Defiant Ones.
 
Poitier reached his peak in 1967 with a trio of hits dealing with racism including To Sir With Love, as a black school teacher in a white-dominated school, In The Heat of the Night as a black detective in a white-dominated community, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? as a black doctor who becomes involved romantically with a white-dominated woman and her white-dominated family.

I remember him best in one of my favorite action movies of the '80s, Shoot to Kill (or Deadly Pursuit as it was known in Australia and the UK when released) as a 'city boy' FBI agent Warren Stanton who must team with Tom Berenger's 'mountain man' to track down a murderous jewel thief in the wildneress of North America. It was somewhatof a comeback for Poitier after 10 years in the movie wilderness.

It was one of a number action-based parts Poitier played before he retired in 2001. There was also Little Nikita (1988) with River Phoenix, the highly enjoyable Sneakers (1992) with Robert Redford, and the mediocre The Jackal (1997) with Richard Gere and Bruce Willis.
 
       
     
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