Whoever thought that being young was the ticket to staying relevant in Hollywood was totally off the mark! Plenty of big names are celebrating their 80th birthday this year, and Wonderwall.com is rounding them up! Martin Sheen will enter his eighties on Aug. 3. The actor and father of Hollywood stars Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez doesn't appear to be slowing down as he has several projects in development. In honor of the "West Wing" president's milestone birthday, let's take a look at more celebrities who were born in 1940…
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Alex Trebek turned 80 on July 22. The famed "Jeopardy!" host, who's been battling pancreatic cancer since being diagnosed in March 2019, marked the milestone by releasing his first autobiographical book, "The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life," the day before his birthday.
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Sir Patrick Stewart turned 80 on July 13. Patrick made his return to TV in 2020 in the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Picard." To celebrate his big day, Sir Patrick Stewart spent the day poolside, masked and socially distanced with the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Co-stars LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden and Brent Spiner were at the reunion!
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Ringo Starr turned 80 on July 7. The famed drummer for The Beatles marked the milestone with "Ringo's Big Birthday Show," a virtual charity concert — a mix of at-home performances and old concert footage from bandmate Paul McCartney plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr., Sheila E, Ben Harper and more — that aired on YouTube on his b-day.
Screen siren Raquel Welch turns 80 on Sept. 5.
Actor James Brolin, who's been married to Barbra Streisand since 1998, celebrated his 80th birthday on July 18.
Oscar winner Al Pacino turned the big 8-0 on April 25. You can currently watch the iconic actor on Amazon Prime's "Hunters."
Chuck Norris turned 80 on March 10, but does the "Walker, Texas Ranger" ever really age?!
James Cromwell turned 80 on Jan. 7. The "American Horror Story" actor has three projects slated for 2020.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi turned 80 on March 26. The political leader proves that age is nothing but a number!
Music icon Smokey Robinson celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 19. He's still actively touring to this day.
Singer Nancy Sinatra, whose father was music legend Frank Sinatra, celebrated her 80th birthday on June 8. Those boots were definitely made for walking into a long life!
Welsh singer Tom Jones celebrated turning 80 on June 7. "The memories are tremendous and I don't want to stop," he told BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales. "To reach 80 and to have such wonderful memories and to be still doing it and still making a point, or trying to — thank you to everybody that has been with me, the audience… God has been good to me and my voice is still there. So as long as it's there I wanna get up… singing live to people is the thing."
On Feb. 6, journalist Tom Brokaw, who anchored "NBC Nightly News" for more than two decades, joined the 80 club.
Grammy winner Dionne Warwick turns 80 on Dec. 12. The maternal first cousin of Whitney Houston is one of the most-charted female vocalists of all time, with 56 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998, and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.
"The Godfather," "Misery" and "Las Vegas" actor James Caan turned 80 on March 26.
On April 16, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrated her 80th birthday. She's been her country's sovereign since she was 31!
Michael Gambon celebrates his 80th birthday on Oct. 19. No matter what, he will always be Dumbledore from the "Harry Potter" movies to us!
Director Brian De Palma will turn 80 on Sept. 11. The controversial filmmaker continues to work on a new horror movie titled "Predator," which is inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
"Rocky" actor Burt Young turned 80 on April 30.
Famed "Hill Street Blues" actor Daniel J. Travanti celebrated his entrance into the octogenarian club on March 7.
Grammy- and Oscar-winning songwriter and composer Paul Williams turns 80 on Sept. 19. Paul, who's also a sometime actor and currently serves as president and chairman of ASCAP, famously penned hits including the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" as well as the lyrics to songs like "Evergreen" from Barbra Streisand's version of "A Star is Born" and the "Love Boat" theme.
Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Barney Frank celebrated his 80th birthday on March 31.
IndyCar racing legend Mario Andretti crossed the finish line of his 70s and entered his 80s on Feb. 28.
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé (real name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento) will blow out 80 candles on his cake come Oct. 23.
Retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus — who's widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time — turned 80 on Jan. 21. Two months later, he and his wife were diagnosed with the coronavirus, from which they recovered in April.