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Not only was 1968 a big year for movies but it was also a big year for actors making their film debuts and the deaths of some truly great talent. Here is a snap shot of the American film industry.

Making Their Film Debuts:

  • Gary Busey – Wild in the Streets
  • John Cleese – Interlude
  • Timothy DaltonThe Lion in Winter
  • Goldie Hawn – The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • Barbara Hershey – With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Madeline Kahn – The Dove
  • Ali MacGraw – A Lovely Way to Die
  • Marsha Mason – Beyond the Law
  • Malcolm McDowell – if…
  • Chuck Norris – The Wrecking Crew
  • Talia Shire – The Wild Racers
  • Barbra StreisandFunny Girl
  • Jack Thompson – Personnel, or People?


Top-grossing Films

12001: A Space OdysseyMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer$56,700,000
2Funny GirlColumbia Pictures$52,000,000
3The Love BugWalt Disney Productions$51,264,000
4The Odd CoupleParamount Pictures$44,527,234
5BullittWarner Bros.-Seven Arts$42,300,873
6Romeo and JulietParamount Pictures$38,901,218
7Oliver!Columbia Pictures$37,402,877
8Rosemary’s BabyParamount Pictures$33,395,426
9Planet of the Apes20th Century Fox$32,589,624
10Night of the Living DeadWalter Reade Organization$30,000,000
11Yours, Mine, and OursUnited Artists / Desilu$25,912,624
12The Lion in WinterAVCO Embassy$22,276,975
13The Green BeretsWarner Bros.-Seven Arts$21,707,027
14Blackbeard’s GhostWalt Disney Productions$21,540,050
15The FoxClaridge Pictures$19,146,711
17The Boston Strangler20th Century Fox$17,810,894
19The Thomas Crown AffairUnited Artists$14,000,000
20The Detective20th Century Fox$13,000,000


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Oliver! — John Woolf, Producer

Best Director: Carol Reed — Oliver!

Best Actor: Cliff Robertson – Charly {“Charly Gordon”}

Best Actress: Tie Katharine HepburnThe Lion in Winter {“Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine”} and Barbra StreisandFunny Girl {“Fanny Brice”}

Best Supporting Actor: Jack AlbertsonThe Subject Was Roses {“John Cleary”}

Best Supporting Actress: Ruth GordonRosemary’s Baby {“Minnie Castevet”}


Among Those Who Died In 1968:

  • January 7 – Hugo Butler, 53, Canadian screenwriter, Edison, the Man, Lassie Come Home
  • January 18 – John Ridgely, 58, American actor, The Big Sleep, God Is My Co-Pilot
  • January 25 – Virginia Maskell, 31, British actress, Only Two Can Play, Virgin Island
  • February 4 – Eddie Baker, 70, American actor, Oranges and Lemons, Giant
  • February 7 – Nick Adams, 36, American actor, Pillow Talk, Rebel Without a Cause
  • February 13 – Mae Marsh, 73, American actress, The Birth of a Nation, 3 Godfathers
  • February 20 – Anthony Asquith, 65, British director, The V.I.P.s, The Winslow Boy
  • March 10 – Helen Walker, 47, American actress, Impact, Call Northside 777
  • March 16 – June Collyer, 63, American actress, Hangman’s House, A Face in the Fog
  • March 18 – Harry Kurnitz, 60, American screenwriter, Witness for the Prosecution, How to Steal a Million
  • March 20 – Carl Theodor Dreyer, 79, Danish director, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Gertrud
  • March 24 – Alice Guy-Blaché, 94, pioneer French/American filmmaker, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Great Adventure
  • March 30 – Bobby Driscoll, 31, American actor, Peter Pan, Treasure Island
  • April 5 – Lois Andrews, 44, American actress, Dixie Dugan, The Desert Hawk
  • April 6 – Keith Pyott, 66, English actor, Village of the Damned
  • April 16 – Fay Bainter, 74, American actress, Woman of the Year, The Children’s Hour
  • April 24 – Tommy Noonan, 46, American actor, A Star is Born, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • May 5 – Albert Dekker, 62, American actor, The Wild Bunch, Kiss Me Deadly
  • May 9
  • May 10 – Scotty Beckett, 38, American actor, My Favorite Wife, The Jolson Story
  • May 21 – Doris Lloyd, 71, British actress, Disraeli, Kind Lady
  • May 25 – Charles K. Feldman, 64, American producer, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seven Year Itch
  • May 26 – Joseph MacDonald, 62, Mexico-born American cinematographer, My Darling Clementine, The Young Lions
  • June 4 – Dorothy Gish, 70, American actress, The Cardinal, Orphans of the Storm
  • June 7 – Dan Duryea, 61, American actor, Winchester ’73, Scarlet Street
  • June 8 – Patricia Jessel, 47, British actress, The City of the Dead, A Funny Thing