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Not only was 1975 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:

  •     Kim Cattrall – Rosebud
  •     Tim CurryThe Rocky Horror Picture Show
  •     Brad Dourif – W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
  •     Laurence Fishburne – Cornbread, Earl and Me
  •     Carrie FisherShampoo
  •     Richard Gere – Report to the Commissioner
  •     Nastassja Kinski – The Wrong Move
  •     Christopher LloydOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  •     Mary Stuart Masterson – The Stepford Wives
  •     Bill Murray – Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle
  •     Kate Nelligan – The Romantic Englishwoman
  •     Bill Paxton – Crazy Mama
  •     Dennis Quaid – Crazy Mama
  •     Chris SarandonDog Day Afternoon
  •     Patrick Stewart – Hennessy
  •     John Travolta – The Devil’s Rain
  •     Treat Williams – Deadly Hero (filmed in 1975, released in May 1976)


Top-grossing Films

RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1JawsUniversal Pictures$190,000,000
2The Rocky Horror Picture Show20th Century Fox$112,892,319
3One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestUnited Artists$108,981,275
4Dog Day AfternoonWarner Bros.$50,000,000
5ShampooColumbia Pictures$49,407,734
6The Return of the Pink PantherUnited Artists$41,833,347
7Funny LadyColumbia Pictures$39,000,000
8The Apple Dumpling GangWalt Disney Productions$36,853,000
9Aloha, Bobby and RoseColumbia Pictures$35,000,000
10The Other Side of the MountainUniversal Pictures$34,673,100


While The Rocky Horror Picture Show has accumulated revenue for years, technically it is still in its first release because it has never been withdrawn from distribution, and holds the record for the longest theatrical run in movie history.


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Best Director: Miloš Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Best Actress: Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Best Supporting Actor: George Burns, The Sunshine Boys

Best Supporting Actress: Lee Grant, Shampoo


Among Those Who Died In 1975:

  NameAgeProfessionNotable films
Jan1Arthur Pierson73Director, ActorThe Fighting O’Flynn
     Home Town Story
 9Pierre Fresnay77ActorLa Grande Illusion
     Le Corbeau