Wait…They’re still alive?

On Oct. 28, 87-year-old rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, also known as “rock and roll’s first great wildman,” passed away from pneumonia. Upon seeing something like this, one usually begins to think of other famous but elderly names they know and wonder that simple question of “Are they still alive?”

A good example of this would be Morgan Freeman at the surprising age of 85. Freeman is known mainly for his instantly recognizable voice, but also for his leading roles in films like “Shawshank Redemption,” “Se7en,” and “Bruce Almighty.” Despite a step out of the major spotlight, Freeman is not retired and has upcoming roles in smaller titles like “A Good Person,” “The Minute You Wake up Dead,” and “Fast Charlie.”

Next, there is Mel Brooks, an actor, director, and comedian at the age of 96. Mel Brooks is mostly known for his directorial work on critically acclaimed comedy movies such as “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” “Spaceballs,” and many more. Mel Brooks is mostly retired, having directed his last film in 1995, but he still takes voice acting roles in movies like “Hotel Transylvania” and “Toy Story 4.” He also has an upcoming directing and starring role in “History of the World, Part 2.”

Another is Patrick Stewart at the surprisingly young age of 82. Patrick Stewart is of course known for his role as Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” films and Captain Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Currently, Stewart is reprising his role as Captain Picard on the Paramount Plus show “Star Trek: Picard,” as well as providing continued voice work for CIA director Avery Bullock on “American Dad.”

Clint Eastwood comes in next at the age of 92. Eastwood is well known for his roles in 1960’s spaghetti westerns like “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” and the “Outlaw Josey Wales,” along with his role in and as “Dirty Harry.” He is less known in the public light for his directorial roles in films such as “Gran Torino,” “The Mule,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” and many more of which he is still making.

Lastly, at 84 and 76 respectively, there are both actors, comedians, and activists Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, of the 70s/80s comedy duo Cheech and Chong. The duo made the film “Up in Smoke” in 1978 creating the genre of stoner movies (as well as the associated character archetype) and helping to change the public perception surrounding marijuana. They’ve been working on a new film since 2014 and still make public appearances.

It’s inevitable that as you age you slow down, but these figures just go to show that maybe you never have to truly stop.