Boomer Club List of Successful People – 60 Over 60

You’ve probably noticed that we’re well into awards season with the king of them all, the Academy Awards, being televised this weekend.

Do you watch?

It turns out that 2019 was a good year for boomers in the movies.  Oscar nominees include Brad Pitt, 56, in Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas, 59, in Pain and Glory, Tom Hanks, 63, in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Kathy Bates, 71, in Richard Jewell, Jonathan Pryce, 72, in The Two Popes, and Joe Pesci, 76, in The Irishman.

Nominated directors include Quentin Tarantino, 56 and Martin Scorsese, 77.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, once told an audience at Stanford University that, “young people are just smarter.”

Well, Mr. Zuckerberg, I respectfully disagree with your ageist opinion.  I’m tired of all the “30 Under 30” and “NextGen” success lists.  You wonder if that success can be sustainable.

And speaking of sustainable, here is my list of 60 Over 60 – people who are still active in their occupations and have maintained their success.

Actors

  • Tom Selleck, 75
  • Helen Mirren, 74
  • Al Pacino, 79
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, 61
  • Meryl Streep, 69
  • Denzel Washington, 65
  • Mark Harmon, 68
  • Sigourney Weaver, 69
  • Kurt Russell, 68
  • Susan Sarandon, 73

Authors

  • Stephen King, 72
  • James Patterson, 72
  • Clive Cussler, 88
  • Margaret Attwood, 80
  • Cormac McCarthy, 86
  • Michael Connolly, 63
  • Louise Penny, 61
  • Joyce Carole Oates, 81
  • Peter Robinson, 69
  • Anne Perry, 81

Musicians/Singers

  • Brian Adams, 60
  • Bruce Cockburn, 74
  • Paul McCartney, 77
  • Elton John, 72
  • Mick Jagger, 76
  • Peter Frampton, 69
  • Cindi Lauper, 66
  • Randy Bachman 76
  • Burton Cummings 72
  • Pat Benatar, 67

TV and Sports

  • Oprah Winfrey, 66 – media personality
  • Alex Trebeck, 79 – game show host
  • Ellen Degeneris, 62 – talk show host
  • Pat Sajak, 73 – game show host
  • Vanna White, 62 – celebrity letter turner
  • David Suzuki, 83 – environmentalist and science broadcaster
  • Pete Carroll, 68 – head coach of Seattle Seahawks
  • Dian Sawyer, 74 – broadcaster
  • Morgan Shepherd, 76 – NASCAR driver
  • Ernestine Shephard, 82 – world’s oldest female bodybuilder

Business

  • Warren Buffet, 89 – world’s most successful investor
  • Guy LaLibere, 60 – founder of Cirque du Solei
  • Arlene Dickinson, 63 – marketing executive
  • Ariana Huffington, 69 – businesswoman
  • Sir Richard Branson, 69 – business magnate
  • Jim Pattison, 91 – CEO and sole-owner of Pattison Group
  • William Ford, Jr. 62 – CEO of Ford Motor Company
  • Jim Treliving, 78 – venture capitalist and founder of Boston Pizza
  • Bill Gates, 64 – software developer turned philanthropist
  • Anthony Robbins, 60 – business strategist

Who would you add to these lists?

Late Bloomers

There are plenty of late bloomers out there whose stories will inspire you to keep pursuing your dreams.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, at 65.
  • Frank McCourt published Angela’s Ashes at age 66.
  • Grandma Moses, folk artist, started painting at 78.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders established the KFC chain at 65.
  • Richard Martin became an inventor at 62.
  • Ida Keeling started running at 67 and is still a competitive sprinter at 101.
  • Peter Mark Roget produced his Roget’s Thesaurus at age 67.
  • Ronald Reagan switched from acting to politics at 61 when he became governor of California
  • Stephanie King founded a fair-trade retail website – Fair Trade Designs – at 62.
  • Harry Bernstein became a successful author at age 96.

The bottom line

I appreciate stories of people who live their lives well. 

TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter recently asked people to share their middle-age success stories on Twitter. 

Here are just a few replies:

Perhaps you know of someone who pursued their dreams at a later age.  Or maybe you are a success story.

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