Top Actors of the 1970s

Many Hollywood actors whose career started flourishing during the 1970s went on to become great actors, leaving an indelible impression on their fans and cinephiles. Actors like Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Dustin Hoffman not only dominated the 1970s and several decades that followed, but also redefined the nuances of acting. Brando, for instance, introduced method acting to mainstream audiences and Robert De Niro influenced generations of actors. Continue reading to know about other top actors of the 1970s.

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Also Known As: Michael Kirk Douglas
Birthday: 25 September 1944
Born In: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Sun Sign: Libra

One of the most decorated American actors, Michael Douglas is popular for playing a variety of roles. Apart from acting, Michael Douglas has received attention for his political activism and humanitarianism. A cancer survivor, Douglas serves as an inspiration to those suffering from the disease; he recovered from stage IV tongue cancer.


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Also Known As: Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
Birthday: 11 February 1936
Born In: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died On: 06 September 2018

Called a sex symbol, Burt Reynolds was one of the most charismatic actors to rule the silver screen. The star of movies like The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights and Best Friends was a massive box-office attraction from 1978 to 1982, with Smokey and the Bandit being his biggest hits. However, he really did not get thumbs up from movie critics.


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Also Known As: Sir Michael Caine, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Birthday: 14 March 1933
Born In: Rotherhithe, London, England
Sun Sign: Pisces

A British film icon, Michael Caine is one of the highest grossing box office stars. His filmography is extensive with numerous acclaimed performances. This includes Ipcress File, Hannah and Her Sisters, Educating Rita, Sleuth, The Quiet American and Inception. The esteemed actor, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, is also a bestselling author with eleven published books.


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Also Known As: John Joseph Nicholson
Nickname: John Joseph
Birthday: 22 April 1937
Born In: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus

From being a stage and B movie actor, Jack Nicholson went on to become one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors and a huge star. The three time Academy award winning legendary actor has, in his six decades career, delivered performances that have become iconic. His notable performances include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good as It Gets.


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Also Known As: John Joseph Travolta
Birthday: 18 February 1954
Born In: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Actor John Travolta’s career has seen significant ups and down. Starting with minor roles, he shot to international fame with Saturday Night Fever and Grease. For the cultural icon of the 1970s, the 80s and early 90s were disappointing, but an impressive comeback with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction resurrected his career.