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.
Burt Lancaster
Also Known As: Burton Stephen Lancaster
Birthday: 02 November 1913
Born In: New York City, 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.
Gregory Peck
Also Known As: Eldred Gregory Peck
Birthday: 05 April 1916
Born In: La Jolla, California, United States
Sun Sign: Aries
Died On: 12 June 2003

American actor Gregory Peck was one of the most famous movie stars between the 1940s and the 1960s. In 1999, Gregory Peck was ranked 12th in the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema list published by the American Film Institute. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Gregory Peck was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.

Henry Fonda
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
Sidney Poitier
Also Known As: Sidney L. Poitier
Birthday: 20 February 1927
Born In: Miami, Florida, United States
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died On: 06 January 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

5. Alain Delon

Alain Delon
Also Known As: Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon
Birthday: 08 November 1935
Born In: Sceaux, France
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Alain Delon is a French actor, screenwriter, singer, filmmaker, and businessman. One of the most prominent actors and sex symbols in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s, Delon achieved critical acclaim for his performance in films like Rocco and His Brothers. In 1985, he was honored with the prestigious César Award for his portrayal of Robert Avranches in Our Story.