Actors and Actresses from the 60s
In this word document I will be talking about the Actors, Actresses and films that had a massive cultural impact on life and society in the 60s. I feel that this would in making a film related to this time period due to the fact having to get the cultural and what was going on at the time feel to it.
The first actor I will be talking about is Paul Newman and the impact he had on the 60s. Paul Newman was a cultural icon in the 60s due to such films as The hustler, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. These films garnered a lot of praise making him a house hold name due to his performances and charisma on screen. This made every man want to be Paul Newman. This impacted the style of the 60s and the entertainment industry as a whole. His films were massive box offices successes with such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid making $102,308,889 as a lifetime gross.
“Could another actor than Paul Newman have played the role and gotten away with it? Of the stars at the time, I would not be able to supply one. Warren Beatty? Steve McQueen? Lee Marvin? They would have the presence and stamina, but would have lacked the smile.” (Roger Ebert, 1967)
This quote is a reviewer from the time displaying how his charisma had an impact on the culture of the 1960s.
The next actor I will be talking about is Steve McQueen. Who was in films in the 60s such as Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven and The Thomas Crown Affair. These films made him an icon and massive star in the 60s. Even getting an Oscar nomination in the film Sand Pebbles. Steve McQueen was like Paul Newman becoming an icon due to his presence on screen and performances in these films. He changed the style of the many people due to everyone wanting to be him due to him having great charisma on and off screen. His films were also massive box offices successes with the film Bullitt earning $42,300,873.
“But McQueen is great in “Bullitt,” and the movie is great, because director Peter Yates understands the McQueen image and works within it.” (Roger Ebert, 1968)
This quote was made at the time by a reviewer, talking about Steve McQueen’s presence on screen.
The last person I would be talking about is the actress Audrey Hepburn, who was massive star in the 50s and 60s in such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Charade and How to Steal a Million. These films had much success at the box office and critically. Making Audrey Hepburn a pop culture icon for the 60s. “Hepburn was not even nominated for best actress.” (Roger Ebert, 2006) This quote shows that she had great performances in films making her a house hold name in the movie industry and a massive star. My Fair Lady also was a massive box office success making 72 million USD when it opened.
IMDb, A. company (2016) Paul Newman movie box office results. Available at: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=paulnewman.htm (Accessed: 20 November 2016).
Roger Ebert, 2006, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-my-fair-lady-1964
Roger Ebert, 1967, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-cool-hand-luke-1967
Roger Ebert, 1968, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bullitt-1968