Roger Corman | 87 | CEO, New Horizons Picture Corp.

How many hours a week do you work?

Twenty five hours.

Why not retire?

I’m addicted to what I do. It’s exhilarating, creative and I am in control of the process. Why stay home?

Does your spouse want you to retire?

My wife is part of my producing team. While I know she could make movies herself, we enjoy working together.

Best part of working past 80? 

People don’t question your decisions and you don’t have to answer to many people.


Not having the energy or having many other engagements distracting my work.

Are you up to date on technology? Do you use email, cellphones or social networking?

I’m up to date, but not very interested in personal technology. I have a smartphone I use mostly for directions and Internet. I manage my social media presence – Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr – in conjunction with my marketing team. I’m much more interested in new technology for digital filmmaking and for transportation – I love cars – in addition to new forms of online film distribution.

What advice would you give to people who want to work well past 65?

Work for yourself. Stay curious.

What’s the secret to staying healthy and active?

Keeping your mind active. I have to do a lot of creative problem-solving on the job.

Do you work as much as you used to in your 40s and 50s?

No, but at that time I was producing 10 to 12 films a year. Now it is closer to two to three.

How has your work routine changed?

I leave the office earlier in the day.

What do you miss the most about being young?

The energy, being able to go out on set and stay up all night to work on a project. I still do this, but not as often.

What do you see in the future?

I’ll work until people stop watching movies.

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