Can You Match These Actors to Their 1960s Movies?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

The 1960s were one of the best decades for films, not only because some of the most iconic directors were around, but also because a new age of soon to be legendary stars would be born. It was a time when movie genres were expanded, and actors were not afraid to take their roles to a new level. People like Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Jon Voight would soon become favorites, and the movies they starred in would be cemented in movie hall of fame. But could you name some of the movies if we showed you who starred in them? Could you match these 1960s actors to the movies they starred in?

So, we're going to show you some of these stars as their 1960s characters, like Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and Clint Eastwood in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," and you'll have to guess the name of the movie. Sounds easy enough, right?

Well, if this is something you think you'd rock at and have fun while doing it, go ahead and get started on this 1960s movie quiz. 

Julie Andrews took on the role of "Mary Poppins" in 1964. For her part in the popular live-action Disney film, Julie earned an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Film Award, Grammy and several other awards.

Anthony Perkins played Norman Bates in the movie "Psycho," which was released in 1960. In the movie, Norman was the bloodthirsty owner of the Bates Motel. Thanks to his acting and the film's success, he gained international fame and won the Best Actor Award from the International Board of Motion Picture Reviewers.

Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch in a film adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. He won the Academy Award with his fifth nomination and got named the greatest film hero of the past 100 years by the American Film Institute for his depiction of Atticus Finch.

Dustin Hoffman was cast as Rats in "Midnight Cowboy," which was released throughout the United States in May 1969. For his work in the film, Hoffman won Best Picture and earned his second Oscar nomination.

Clint Eastwood was Blondie/Man with No Name in the movie "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly." This movie was the last of a trilogy of westerns.

William Holden took on the role of Pike Bishop in the movie "The Wild Bunch" in 1969. With "The Wild Bunch's" success as a graphically violent western, Holden was able to make a comeback as an actor.

Jack Lemmon played C.C. Baxter in the movie "The Apartment." Thanks to Lemmon's work in the movie, he earned several awards; he was an Oscar nominee in the Academy Awards, he won a Golden Globe for best actor, a BAFTA film award for best foreign actor and Golden Laurel award for Top Male Comedy Performance.

Natalie Wood played Maria in the movie "West Side Story" in 1961. "West Side Story" was an adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet."

Paul Newman was Lucas "Luke" Jackson in the movie "Cool Hand Luke." Thanks to his work, Newman earned three nominations for different awards; he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Drama and a Golden Laurel for Male Dramatic Performance.

Omar Sharif played Yuri Zhivago in "Doctor Zhivago." Sharif auditioned for a supporting role because he was a fan of the book but ended up getting the leading role.

John Lennon played himself in "A Hard Day's Night." John's part in the movie earned him three nominations including a BAFTA Film Award for most promising newcomer to leading film roles.

Eddie Constantine was Lemmy Caution in "Alphaville," a secret agent whose signature clothing is a trenchcoat. Instead of the typical 20th-century scenery, the set was changed into to a futuristic, science fiction dystopian world.

Robert Preston played Prof. Harold Hill in "The Music Man." He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Comedy or Musical and won the Golden Laurel for Top Male Musical Performance.

Kirk Douglas was cast as Spartacus in the movie "Spartacus," which Douglas filmed with his own movie company. For his role, he was nominated for a Golden Laurel for the Top Male Dramatic Performance.

Anna Massey played Helen Stephens in the movie "Peeping Tom." The movie is centered on a mass murderer who records the dying expression of the women he kills using a portable video camera; the film has been commended for its psychological complexity.

Catherine Deneuve took on the role of Genevieve Emery in "The Umbrella of Cherbourg," which was released in 1964. Although Deneuve made her debut as an actress in 1957, she didn't become popular until the release of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Julie Andrews committed herself to the role of Maria von Trapp in "The Sound of Music." The movie was the highest grossing movie of that year, and Andrews was nominated for numerous awards including an Oscar, BAFTA Film Award and NYFCC Award. She also won the Golden Globe, David di Donatello Awards and Golden Laurel Awards.

Sean Connery was James Bond in the 1964 movie, "Goldfinger." The movie was very successful commercially; Connery went on to star as Bond in other films.

Steve McQueen played "The Cooler King" in the movie "The Great Escape." For his work, he won Best Actor at the Moscow International Film Festival.

Yul Brynner starred as Chris Larabee Adams in the movie "The Magnificent Seven," which was released in 1960. Although it was successful in Europe, it didn't do well in the United States. The same movie was remade in 2017 and included actors such as Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Paul Newman played Butch Cassidy in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969. For his work in the film, he was nominated for many awards.

Audrey Hepburn did the role of Holly Golightly justice in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961. Her role as Holly was a defining moment in her career, one that would take her to heights she'd probably only dreamed of.

Michael Caine played Charlie Croker in the movie "The Italian Job." This movie told the story of a leader of a gang who is released from prison and proceeds to do a "big job."

Daniela Bianchi was cast as Tatiana Romanova in the 1963 film, "From Russia with Love." She played the Bond girl who enthralled James Bond in that particular movie.

Peter Fonda played Wyatt in the movie "Easy Rider" in 1969. For his role in the movie, he was nominated for an Oscar. He went on to win several awards as well.

Rickie Sorensen was Arthur/Wart in the 1963 classic "The Sword in the Stone." He became famous for breathing life into Arthur's character, especially at such a young age, as a voice actor.

Claudine Auger played Dominique "Domino" Derval in the movie "Thunderball," released in 1965. It is rumored that she earned her role from her looks while on vacation.

Sean Connery did James Bond justice in the 1962 movie "Dr. No." It was the first James Bond film that was adapted from a book of the same name.

Audrey Hepburn was cast as Nicole Bonnet in the movie "How to Steal a Million," which was released in 1966. During the '60s, she appeared in numerous films including this one, in which she played the daughter of a famous art collector whose collection consisted of forgeries.

Peter O'Toole played Henry II in the movie "The Lion in Winter" in 1968. For his part in the movie, he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar as well.

Michael Caine was Squadron Leader Canfield in the movie "Battle of Britain." This movie is centered around pilots who leave a small airfield in advance of enemy forces.

Sophia Loren was Yasmin Azir in the movie "Arabesque." This was a comedy thriller where a plain and innocent man is sent into dangerous and extraordinary situations. She won a Bambi Award for Best International Actress.

Paul Newman played Professor Michael Armstrong in the movie 1966 film "Torn Curtain." The film is set in the Cold War, where an American scientist tries to get behind enemy lines to steal a formula.

Spencer Tracy took on the role of Matt Drayton in the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in 1967. Tracy managed to complete filming for the movie 17 days before his death. For his work, he won three separate best actor awards.

David Niven played Miller in the movie "The Guns of Navarone." This early '60s movie was about a small group of soldiers who were tasked with destroying an impregnable German fortress. David's part in the film influenced him to act in more action/war movies over the years.

Frank Sinatra was cast as Major Bennett Marco in the movie "The Manchurian Candidate," which was released in 1962. Sinatra thought of his role as Maj. Bennett Marco to be his most exhilarating and said that the film was the high point in his acting career.

Peter O'Toole was T.E. Lawrence in the movie "Lawrence of Arabia." For his work, he earned a nomination for best leading actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

John Wayne was cast as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in "True Grit." For his work in "True Grit," he won four awards; an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, a Golden Laurel for Action Performance and a Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture.

David Niven played Sir Charles Lytton in the movie "The Pink Panther" in 1963. After being in several action/war movies, David went back to comedy and helped make "The Pink Panther" the huge success that it was upon its release.

Clint Eastwood starred as "Man with No Name" in the movie "A Fistful of Dollars," which was released in 1964. Eastwood accepted the role of to break out of his rawhide image. Due to how well he worked in the first movie he was signed on for another two following releases.

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