Top Actors of the 1960s

The 1960s marked the arrival of New Hollywood. The rise of new crop of filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese led Hollywood into the post-classical period. New methods of story-telling demanded the services of actors like Peter O'Toole and Clint Eastwood, which facilitated their surge during the 1960s. The decade also saw the rise of several Academy Award winners like Paul Newman and Martin Balsam. Read on to know more about the actors who dominated Hollywood during the 1960s.

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Also Known As: Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni
Birthday: 28 September 1924
Born In: Fontana Liri, Italy
Sun Sign: Libra
Died On: 19 December 1996

Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni is regarded as his country's biggest film star of all time. Making his debut as an uncredited extra when he was just 14, he worked hard over the decades to become a major film star in his country. He was a big name in international cinema as well. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.


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Also Known As: Burton Stephen Lancaster
Birthday: 02 November 1913
Born In: Manhattan, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died On: 20 October 1994
Burt Lancaster, one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, began as an acrobat and also fought in World War II. He is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance in Elmer Gantry, and other films such as The Rainmaker, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City.

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Also Known As: Martin Henry Balsam
Birthday: 04 November 1919
Born In: Bronx, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died On: 13 February 1996
Martin Balsam established himself as a Tony-winning stage actor. He is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role of Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns. He also played Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men and Milton Arbogast in Psycho, and was part of the series Archie Bunker's Place.

4. Chishu Ryu

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Also Known As: Chishuu Ryuu
Birthday: 13 May 1904
Born In: Tamamizu, Japan
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 16 March 1993

Chishu Ryu was a Japanese actor who appeared in about 70 television productions and over 160 films in a career spanning 65 years. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Japan Academy Prize, Kawakita Award, and Kikuchi Kan Prize.


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Also Known As: Henry Jaynes Fonda
Birthday: 16 May 1905
Born In: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 12 August 1982
Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, father of Peter and Jane Fonda, is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role as Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond. He began his career with Broadway plays and then appeared in classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and 12 Angry Men