Name Pages: Include age for actors.

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IMDB Only provides the date of birth of the actor. you have to calculate their age yourself. It would be nice if you could calculate their birthday and display the real age, like wikipedia does.
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FYI: 4,881,055 of the names on IMDb do not include a birth date.!birt...
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But why not provide the calculated age for people with a birthdate?

I dont remember if i ever came across people with no date. Most of the actors from our days, which are of interest to us, must all have their birthdate available.

Noticed a few profiles dont have a birthdate, even thought the data is available on wikipedia.
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Yeah but birthdates are often added to Wikipedia without a source.
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How do you know that? You can verify the source on other sites.

Thats not important anyways. My suggestion is to add the age FOR The persons with a birthdate entry.
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I would like this too.  On my own website I use Java to calculate age as of today (or age at death).  I also display a birthday cake icon on the birthday and a tree icon on the deathday for any author I mention. You are welcome to the source code.
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Actually IMDb already does this on IMDb Pro.

Basic (www.) page:
Born: January 25, 1975 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pro Main Page:
Born: 25 January 1975, Canada (age 38)

Pro Personal Details Page:
Born: 25 January 1975, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (age 38)

I certainly find it very handy.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Display the age of the person after the year born.

Add the current age of the person.

Date of Birth
3 October 1978, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Date of Birth
3 October 1978 (35), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Thanks for considering it.
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I made this suggestion through the contact help desk back in 2004 and again in 2007. Perhaps if enough interest was shown....  Imagine pulling up "It's a Wonderful Life" and looking through the cast and seeing that Donna Reed was 25 years old (rough computation) and Jimmy Stewart was 38.  

The thing is that it's so incredibly easy to do. You just have to find the field that holds the release date, each actor, check for DOB, and use a one line formula to determine the age ... format it inside parenthesis and add it to the character name.

I am resubmitting a suggestion made in 2004: 
I think it would be a nice addition to put the actor's age at the time of their role. 

For example, 

Final Analysis (1992) 
Cast (in credits order) verified as complete 
Richard Gere ....  Isaac Barr (43) 
Kim Basinger ....  Heather Evans (39) 
Uma Thurman ....  Diana Baylor (22) 


Granted, this might be more difficult with multi-year roles, such as TV, but you could still put a range (33-38). 

Perhaps the layout would better served by going Actor (age) .... Character; that's up to your team. The corresponding entry for the actor could look like: 

Uma Thurman 
1. The Accident Husband (2007) (post production) Emma (37) 
7. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride/Black Mamba (34) 

The key being that this field would have to be dynamically served, the DOB and release date would have to be available.  If not, ignore the display (including the parens).  -Thanks

-- this would mean for the 4 mil actor entries with no DOB there would be nothing after the character name.

I know databases, I program.  I could even write the pseudocode for you. 
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One thing to take into account is that many actors hate having their date of birth posted on IMDb. In fact, the most famous lawsuit against IMDb (which is still pending on appeal) is one in which an actress sued IMDb, claiming that having her date of birth posted caused her to become a victim of age discrimination.

So if IMDb were considering posting the ages of actors more prominently, they would probably weigh the benefits to users against the negative response they would receive from actors.
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IMDb Pro still displays the age, although they have otherwise screwed up the Date/Place of Birth combination.

The old version of the Pro personal information page used to show the line :
BORN: Jun 15, 1964, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA (age 50)
but now shows :
BORN     Jun 15, 1964 (age 50)
in the center of the page near the top, but shows the Place of Birth in the left column, often so far town it can't be seen on the same screen as the date.
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I don't understand what makes basic age calculation a "Pro" feature. This seems to be a pretty easy programming code to write, and doesn't really provide "Pro" users inside information that isn't available to non-"Pro" users. I would like to see this added to the general user pages.
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Completely agree.  They have this feature on the app but not on the site, it's really frustrating.  

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