Receding hairline and liver spots? Just a part of growing old. But should action actors who are 50-plus continue to come on as aggressive and macho as they once did? Except for bowing out gracefully or reinventing oneself as a character actor, there aren't many options, really. Most cling to faded glory, wheezing through fight scenes and romancing ever younger co-stars. With Michael Douglas returning to the big screen as a Secret Service agent in the political thriller The Sentinel, it's time to take the pulse of our top 10 aging action heroes.
Prime Time: In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ford is sexy, sardonic, and capable of outrunning boulders, snakes, Nazis, helicopter blades and any number of other exotic deathtraps.
Senior Moment: It took so long to generate a viable script for the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, the 60-something Ford may have to trade his whip for a walker.
Prime Time: As the tough cop in Die Hard, Willis could walk on glass and still slay the bad guys with his quips. He looked pretty good in a wife-beater, too.
Senior Moment: In 16 Blocks, the 51-year-old actor again plays a cop, but this time he's a washed-up drunk with a paunch you could balance a whisky bottle on.
Prime Time: Russell is all muscles, mullet and sexy eye-patch as Snake Plissken in 1981 sci-fi shoot-em-up Escape From New York.
Senior Moment: The former Disney star returns to his kiddie film roots as Dakota Fanning's gentle dad in the girlie horse movie Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.
Prime Time: Go ahead, punk ... as San Francisco's magnum-toting cop in 1971's Dirty Harry, Eastwood's sideburns are just as menacing as his squint -- not to mention his politics.
Senior Moment: In Blood Work, the 72-year-old Eastwood is a cop recovering from a heart transplant; he picks up most of his clues at doctor appointments. Go ahead, punk ... no, seriously, go ahead, see you later.
Prime Time: In 1962's Dr. No, he's the first -- and still the most virile -- of Bonds, the sleek international super spy who seduces women with the arch of an eyebrow.
Senior Moment: Many unstirred martinis later, Connery squeezed into King Arthur's chainmail for 1995's First Knight. "Give Grandpa a kiss" is how the Charlotte Observer captioned a picture of him with 30-year-old co-star Julia Ormond.
Prime Time: The hunk from Down Under made a very hot vigilante, clad in leather and storming around the desert on a motorcycle while avenging the murder of his family in the post-apocalyptic drama Mad Max.
Senior Moment: Gibson's back on two wheels for Under and Alone, where he's goes undercover to infiltrate a deadly biker gang. He's already grown the wild-man beard, but the beer belly needs some work.
Prime Time: Was anyone ever more convincing as a machine? In The Terminator, the Austrian bodybuilder does his best work as the killer cyborg with chips for brains.
Senior Moment: Candid photos of the bare-chested Governator suggest that this 58-year-old politician needs to get back to the gym -- or invest in a better corset.
Prime Time: The former karate instructor became a credible chopsocky star with three Missing in Action movies, ultimately making screens safe for the Steven Seagal and associates to try out their choke holds. Senior Moment: After putting the "walk" into Walker, Texas Ranger, the 66-year-old Norris was last spotted on a late-night infomercial, hawking home exercise equipment with Christie Brinkley.
Prime Time: As the big-hearted boxer in Rocky I through III, he had the eye of the tiger and the six-pack of a male model.
Senior Moment: After some lean years, the 59-year-old Stallone is returning to the big screen ... in Rocky VI. Who's he gonna fight? George Foreman?
Prime Time: In Drunken Master, the remarkably agile Chan did all his own stunts and brought slapstick to the art of kung fu.
Senior Moment: So far, the 51-year-old star has broken his nose three times, dislocated his cheekbone, pelvis, shoulder, and sternum, and had a tooth knocked out. He even suffered a permanent hole in his head. No wonder he looks a little tired.