- Nollywood actors have over the years entertained movie lovers in the country and some of them have been doing it all their lives
- Some of these actors started out playing young men or boys in movies and have moved up to play roles of big men or underdogs
- While it is easy to believe the ages of some of these Nollywood stars, others who are well into their fifties still look young like men in their thirties
Some legendary Nigerian actors have dedicated their lives to the craft and they started out as young or child actors before becoming filmmakers themselves today.
Men like RMD, Mr Ibu, Jim Iyke and a host of others played roles such as sons or young bachelors and are now well into playing roles of father, grandfathers or big politicians in movies.
As such, it is easy to guess how old some of these veterans are and even though fans know the ages of some of them, it is hard to believe they are that old because they give the new blood in the industry a run for their money.
Legit.ng has put together a list of some legendary Nigerian actors and their real ages.
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The legendary actor came into the industry as a young man and has spent several years blessing fans with his craft to earn him the respect he enjoys today.
RMD is 60 and it was a lavish affair for the movie star who didn't think he would make it to that age.
Despite being in his sixties, RMD is still making the ladies, both old and young gush on social media.
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2. Kanayo O. Kanayo
Mazi sacrifice as he is popularly called has also put years into the game, he will mostly be remembered for his scary roles in movies.
The veteran clocked 60 recently and he threw a party to celebrate with friends and family members.
He is also one of the few 'old' stars who are still making waves in the industry.
3. Chidi Mokeme
This is one Nollywood bad boy who has refused to age and he has actually grown even finer with age.
Chidi clocked 50 this year and the ladies still argue that he looks not a day older than thirty.
We can't wait to see if this is another RMD in the making.
4. Emeka Ike
This actor was popular back in the days for his role as a lover boy who almost always got his heart broken by pretty girls.
Years have gone by and it's almost surprising to know that the lover boy is halfway onto the sixth floor.
Emeka Ike is 55 and ageing like fine wine.
5. Mr Ibu
John Okafor aka Mr Ibu has been making Nigerians laugh for years with the likes of the legendary Sam Loco Efe who is now of blessed memory.
At 60, Mr Ibu is not giving up on his comic character as he still manages to get people cackling with laughter with funny videos on social media.
6. Chinedu Ikedieze
The comic actor popularly called Aki made the childhood of many young people today fun with his equally small-sized partner Pawpaw.
Aki is 44 and even though his height still remains the same, it is obvious from his face that he is growing older.
Aki and Pawpaw came into the industry as young boys.
7. Osita Iheme
Pawpaw and his fellow small-sized mischief-maker Aki will forever be remembered as the duo that made the childhood of most people fun.
At 40, the actor has managed to remain almost the same and would still probably be able to play some of the roles he used to play years ago.
It would however be great to see Aki and Pawpaw play the roles of big men, after all, they are men.
8. Jim Iyke
Jim Iyke is one Nollywood bad boy who has kept up with the act since his debut in the Nigerian movie industry.
The handsome actor is 45 and still giving the ladies butterflies with his dapper photos and videos on social media.
Jim is one of the few who started out as lover boys in Nollywood.
9. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike Ezuruonye, believe it or not, is 39 and he looks just like the first time he appeared on TV to share his talent with Nigerians.
The actor was in the same lover boy/student/bachelor era with Emeka Ike, Jim Iyke and a bunch of other veterans.
Mike is now a fresher version of himself, giving the ladies vibes on social media.
Not only does the younger generation adore Nkem Owoh aka Osuofia, but even old parents can also attest that he was one of those who carried the industry on their shoulders.
The veteran comic actor is 64 and he has not lost the vibe with which he played Osuofia many years ago.
It's refreshing that he still plays roles that remind many of why he is well-loved.
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Jim noted that he would have originally ignored such rumours, but some lines should not be crossed anyhow.
The actor affirmed that he respects Islam as a religion but he is totally committed to his faith and would never think of converting.