70’s Stars Then and Now
Ah, our favorite 1970s stars. The favorite actors and actresses of our parents’ generation. Many of these distinguished talents are still favorites today. Take a look to see how they looked back in the day, and how they look now.
1) Sean Connery – Bond … James Bond. The original and perhaps best-known portrayer of Agent ‘007, Sean Connery will forever represent a type of dated, misogynistic British false-gentility. Watch the Jeopardy parodies from SNL to see what we mean. Today, Connery is retired from acting. He is quoted as saying “retirement is just too much damned fun.”
2) Jane Fonda – Fonda proved she is far more than the sex kitten she first became famous for portraying in Barbarella. An author, a political activist, fitness guru, breast cancer survivor, and model – all of these titles have fit Fonda over the years. Recently, she has appeared in the TV show Grace and Frankie, and the films Fathers and Daughters and Our Souls at Night.
3) Robert de Niro – De Niro continues to make films in which his presence is beloved and critical. His most famous 1970s film roles include Taxi Driver and The Godfather Part II. Lately, he has appeared in Silver Linings Playbook, Dirty Grandpa, The Intern, and many more.
4) Robert Duvall – Duvall’s first film role is as breathtaking today as it was then: Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird. In the 70s, Duvall furthered his worldwide recognition with roles in films like The Godfather. Now, he is still seen regularly in movies such as Jack Reacher, A Night in Old Mexico, The Judge, Wild Horses, and In Dubious Battle.
5) Jodie Foster – Jodie Foster’s first major film role was playing a child prostitute in Taxi Driver, earning an Academy Award nomination. Recently, Foster has focused on directing. Films directed by Foster include The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson (this was a controversial decision,) and Money Monster, as well as others.
6) Harrison Ford – Solo? Nah, Harrison Ford’s not single, sorry. Ford’s most beloved 1970s film roles include Han Solo in Star Wars, and Bob Falfa in American Graffiti. Ford has continued to make movies in both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones, his other best-known role, series up into even recent years. The most recent film in either of these series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came out in 2015.
7) Dame Maggie Smith – The mercurial Maggie Smith is indefatigable. A frequent star on the British stage circuit, Smith still managed to act in some well-known films in the ’70s, including Murder by Death and California Suite. Today, Smith is known by younger generations as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. Even more recently, Smith has been seen in movies like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, as well as The Lady in the Van.
8) Harvey Keitel – Keitel’s 1970s film roles include Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Blue Collar, and others. Keitel still acts regularly. His most recent movies are The Comedian, Madame, and Isle of Dogs.
9) Anthony Hopkins – “Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.” (The Silence of the Lambs is, of course, from 1991, and Hopkins unforgettably played Hannibal Lecter.) Hopkins’ most famous 1970s film roles include A Doll’s House, All Creatures Great and Small, The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, and many others. More recently, Hopkins has been seen in the newest Transformers and Thor movies.
10) Candice Bergen – Bergen’s most beloved 1970s film roles include but are not limited to: Soldier Blue, Carnal Knowledge, The Hunting Party, The Wind and the Lion, and Starting Over. In recent years, Bergen has been seen in Rules Don’t Apply, The Meyerwitz Stories, and the forthcoming Home Again.
11) Michael Caine – Is there anyone who doesn’t appreciate this Brit’s lovable screen presence? Caine’s 1970’s roles include Sleuth, for which he received nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, as well as Harry and Walter Go to New York, and The Eagle Has Landed. Of late, Caine has appeared in the films Interstellar, Youth, The Last Witch Hunter, Going in Style, and Coup D’Etat.
12) Meryl Streep – Another mercurial actress in the ranks of Maggie Smith, Streep’s famous 1970s roles include The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. Streep has starred in movies steadily ever since her first. Lately, her films have included August: Osage County, The Giver, Into the Woods, Ricki and the Flash, Suffragette, and Florence Foster Jenkins. Rock on, Meryl.
13) Robert Redford – A screen legend over whom all of our mothers are still swooning, Redford’s biggest 1970’s film roles were in Jeremiah Johnson, The Sting, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, All The President’s Men, and others. In recent decades, Redford has taken more and more to directing, producing, and documentary narration. Still, he has acted in the recent films Our Souls at Night, The Discovery, Pete’s Dragon, and The Old Man and the Gun.
14) Dustin Hoffman – I think most would say Hoffman is another actor of mercurial talent, like Streep and Smith. In the 1970s, some of his biggest roles were in Little Big Man, All The President’s Men, Agatha, Kramer vs. Kramer, and more. In more recent years, Hoffman has begun to turn to voice narration of animated characters, as well as some directing. Still, he has been seen in The Meyerwitz Stories, The Program, and others.
15) Genevieve Bujold – Bujold entered the ’70s fresh off her success as Anne Boleyn in 1969’s Anne of the Thousand Days, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar. Her ’70s roles included The Act of the Heart, The Trojan Women, and others. Her most recent film roles are in Northern Borders, The Legend of Sarila, and Chorus.