109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile | Short Film Showcase

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Meet Richard Overton, America's oldest veteran. In this lively short film by Matt Cooper and Rocky Conly, hear the whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking supercentenarian reveal his secrets to a long life.
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Meet Richard Overton, America's oldest veteran. Born on May 11, 1906, he has celebrated 110 birthdays (109 at the time of filming) and counting. The supercentenarian has lived through the Great Depression, served in World War II, and witnessed the rise of the Internet. From the Ford Model T to self-driving cars, more technological and scientific progress have occurred in Overton's lifetime than perhaps any other century in history.
The whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking elder reveals his secrets to longevity in this lively short film.
Want to help Mr. Overton stay in his Austin, TX home? Donate to his home medical care expenses on GoFundMe.
Credits: Matt Cooper (director, producer); Rocky Conly (cinematographer, producer); John Halecky (producer).
109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile | Short Film Showcase
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National Geographic
Richard Overton's journey has been such a source of inspiration here at National Geographic, and we hope you'll join us as we continue to celebrate his amazing life.
don tubetv gaming
Thank you for saving our country. RIP
mini modeler
mini modeler 4 days ago
Great men like this have made are modern time
Calmous Ceo
Calmous Ceo 5 days ago
R.I.P Legends🙏🌉
Lwami Mthembu
Lwami Mthembu 9 days ago
Why do they bother showing the number of replies when noone will even find the time to read all of them ?
joseph martinez
joseph martinez 29 minutes ago
"I may gave out but i never give up" really touched me
Edward T.
Edward T. 41 minute ago
RIP Richard Overton Dec 27, 2018, he was 112 years.
Steven Hopkins
Steven Hopkins 46 minutes ago
And I thought my dad was my only hero...He is also an inspiration for life! Hope you live long and prosper my brother!
L T 59 minutes ago
He died at the age of 112
j H
j H Hour ago
“First car was a little old ford, T model ford, had to get in front and crank it ..you remember them cars..oh no you wasn’t born then, was you? No.. I know you wasn’t” just the way he said it sounded like such a Flex, this whole vid is a flex. Gotta love it.
Xelry_Lpc805 2 hours ago
Everytime I see this video in my recrememd I watch to to remind myself of him. I seen this about 50 times now ,r.i.p this is the closest thing we have to him overton now
LH 2 hours ago
my secret to life is focusing on yourself more than you already are.
Johnny MF Bravo
Johnny MF Bravo 3 hours ago
He died in 2018 at 112 years old.
Sampie Louw
Sampie Louw 3 hours ago
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only love can drive out hate💜
Brandie Mueller
Brandie Mueller 3 hours ago
Iya ya Allah
Kim Ju
Kim Ju 4 hours ago
This is the most wholesome short film his voice and story is so relaxing
JAM JAM 4 hours ago
😂 😂 😂 😂 I'm doing it the healthy way 🤣🤣🤣🤣
sislau 4 hours ago
"I may give out, but I'll never give up." What an inspiration. That's the attitude to have. Don't let things get you down, just keep on pushing through.
Jama Haze
Jama Haze 5 hours ago
Knew of a lady that lived to be 123 yrs Old And She Was Teething, And New Teeth was coming in..... Said She Was A Sweet Person.......Bless GOD.
King Croc
King Croc 5 hours ago
i smell a world record coming
Just some random dude
In his words, In his voice, I can hear loneliness.
Keri M.
Keri M. 8 hours ago
So handsome in that photo!! My grandpa was a tail gunner in WWII. May God bless our veterans and all those who serve.
MOZED_ 9 hours ago
অনিকেত হাসান
If ha ha ha !!??b a a l
Andrew Kincare
Andrew Kincare 9 hours ago
This was great!
MiraCleTV 9 hours ago
Ok so key to long life is don’t get a credit card
Jaded -
Jaded - 13 hours ago
Rest in peace
RockDude65 15 hours ago
So sad to hear Richard passed away. 😞
Martin Mal
Martin Mal 19 hours ago
Much love for you my brother! InshaAllah God make easy for ya. Much love
hexor 21 hour ago
he's dead now lol
Liquid Portal
Liquid Portal 7 hours ago
how is that funny?
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
i think its kinda depressing to watch
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
Vincent Flora
Vincent Flora 21 hour ago
A C 22 hours ago
I LOVE this gentleman 🙌🏽
Reid Ballantyne
Reid Ballantyne 23 hours ago
Wow amazing
Evelyn Alvarez
Evelyn Alvarez 23 hours ago
Skylar 23 hours ago
Heath Mcleod
Heath Mcleod Day ago
I want to have a talk with every one of the 10k people that disliked this video
collins agharese
wow, very cool !
he's dead now...
DTL Martin YT
It made me cry actually, anybody else?
Silence_ Sir
Silence_ Sir Day ago
Cigrate kills life. Just show this video😄
Syed Maaz
Syed Maaz Day ago
I wonder if he still alive
matt fishfrog
matt fishfrog 21 hour ago
Gabriel Mendoza22
I just gotta say that he had some very, very good teeth for his age.
Victor Martinez
Ive seen this so many times
Victor Martinez same
AAA Pyro
AAA Pyro Day ago
Is he still alive by now?
Zarkys Josh Gascon
he died i think it was two years ago from pneumonia
Blue Seal
Blue Seal Day ago
Grim Reaper: is you ready? Richard Overton: hold my cigar.
Blue Seal
Blue Seal Day ago
Drives a car with cigar, he’s definitely found the elixir of immorality low key. Nope. Won’t fool me.
jose c
jose c Day ago
Black don't crack...
DDog Gamer
DDog Gamer Day ago
God bless this polite person to the lord of gods he is a good person Always respect people like you want to be respected
John F. Kennedy
*everyone liked that*
Level 3 Gaming
Richard: still walk. Me: ok Richard: still talk. Me: ok Richard: *and i still drive* Me: O- wait what....
Govinda Subedi
It’s September 2020. Is he still alive?
Zarkys Josh Gascon
He died 2 years ago, he lived a happy life.
Matteocci Tha Don
God bless this man's soul he fought for our freedom and protected our rights 🙏🙏🙏
Jonesy3461 Day ago
@11:12 "I may give out but I never give up" beautifully said!
luly2323 Day ago
The secret to longevity is genes.....you have no control over it!
frying2012 Day ago
Now his story lives on. What I picked up from it is to remember to appreciate the small things. We don't need all the stuff we got nowadays.
Jonathan Sterling
He's actually in his late 30s, smoking all his life makes him look like he's 109.
Jeremy Wilson
Well done❤️
Barack Obama
Barack Obama Day ago
it broke my heart when i read he died......... R.I.P. richard🙁
Mido Best
Mido Best Day ago
too bad he passed away
Wyatt Branson
With our terrible country today he would be heartbroken to know that the memorials are taken down and vandilized i think that he deserves more than that they deserve more than that
Mark Kleindorf
vibes vam
vibes vam Day ago
5:18 - 5:28 yeah it is Its feel better
vibes vam
vibes vam Day ago
God is great
Ibrahim Ibaan fayaz
He's such an inspiration and he looks really happy, an amazing sould this really made my day he made me happy, really happy🙏♥♥
Dzieciak Mem
Dzieciak Mem Day ago
"dont inhale it, else it has no taste and makes you cough" finally a person that shares the same opinion hope he's still alive
RIP 🙏 we will forever ever remember you
AxtonG Day ago
So to summarize, I suppose we should do what makes us happy.
Ozer Arkis
Ozer Arkis Day ago
corona is like cigarettes it doesn't kill.
frankg196 Day ago
Both of the things you said are wrong
alexandera! just some random girl
My gradmother eats eggs for breakfast and drinks coke and then after that goes walking and shes 95 how is she still alive
alexandera! just some random girl
Sooooo my gradma was in world war ll then👁👄👁
Charlie Pace
Charlie Pace Day ago
Toyong Maligalig
Is this guys alive uptil now?
xOGdeadOGx Day ago
Sad but hes dead😔
Kamal Ganesh
Kamal Ganesh Day ago
i would just sit beside him and would love travel back thru his eyes.These people are the real time machines.
MrDjambronk Day ago
Still able to driving alone? How impressive is that
Matt Selvy
Matt Selvy Day ago
I have a lot of respect for this guy. Anyone who doesn't can go f--k themselves.
Fishlips Day ago
I love listening to old people. (Not to be rude) They have some good advice in life especially these veteran stories, keep them going on my recommended page youtube!
Lex Lim
Lex Lim Day ago
Great story
Sherwin Guevarra
Do people with big ears have long life?
Graham Hornsberger
I love to learn about world war 2 it is just so fascinating
Clapith thy cheeks
Who ever unliked this is just one of the most heartless people ever
Daniel Elder Covers
You mean disliked?
tiger Day ago
I may give out but I'm never give up
tiger Day ago
I may give out but I'm never give up
Mike Vick
Mike Vick Day ago
Drink lots of milk, cambell soup, fish and smoke plenty of Ceegars
Hellspawn Day ago
Rest In Peace
Garry King
Garry King Day ago
Wow i am 44years old and honestly i still look 24year old true i am very healthy dont drink smoke or do drugs but eat healthy drink plenty of water and tea and orange juice
Mitch Rijkaard
My guess would be Dissociation from the PTSD?
Sisir Day ago
Keegan Moonshine
ww2 generation aren't boomers. They're called the 'greatest generation' because they fought for our country.
Wayne DDT
Wayne DDT Day ago
Old people stories are the best
Purav Alva
Purav Alva Day ago
He a 112 years old what a legend
Mason TTM
Mason TTM Day ago
Is he still alive?
Devon Fishing
I just saw a comment apparently he died aged 112 with a lung infection No need for likes just to share the word
Devon Fishing
This guy was just like the people that I’ve next door to us he died at 106
Rex Day ago
Cactus jack sent me
Billy chen
Billy chen Day ago
Secret to longevity - 12 cigars a day, four cups of coffee, just as much whiskey, campbells soup and ice cream.
Nick Prisk
Nick Prisk 2 days ago
Thank you Mr Richard Overton, you are a true inspiration
Vincent Who
Vincent Who 2 days ago
Rest In Peace Richard. Thank you for your service.
Mrs. Mommy
Mrs. Mommy 2 days ago
What a grate person he is😇 very nice video
Memes are Very healthy
R.I.P Richard Arvin Overton 1906-2018
Charla Ville
Charla Ville 2 days ago
What a darling, gorgeous, kind soul he is
YourPalGeorge 2 days ago
I’d love to grab a beer with him and hear his stories
Bianca Hotca
Bianca Hotca 2 days ago
Is he still alive?
Vincent Who
Vincent Who 2 days ago
Sadly no. December 27, 2018
David Baez
David Baez 2 days ago
That’s an American hero who lives his life like we should be living. Thank you for fighting for our freedom in this great country. God bless you and your family and all of America
The Montessori Tribe
So awesome...
Just Alex
Just Alex 2 days ago
first time ive cried in years
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