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Not only was 1976 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:

  • Albert BrooksTaxi Driver
  • Bruce Campbell – It’s Murder!
  • Stephen CollinsAll the President’s Men
  • Lindsay CrouseAll the President’s Men
  • Mariel Hemingway – Lipstick
  • Ernie Hudson – Leadbelly
  • Amy Irving – Carrie
  • Jessica Lange – King Kong
  • Delroy Lindo – Find the Lady
  • Jonathan Pryce – Voyage of the Damned
  • John Ratzenberger – The Ritz
  • Mercedes Ruehl – Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
  • Brooke Shields – Alice, Sweet Alice
  • Debra Winger – Slumber Party ’57
  • Chow Yun-fat – Tou tai ren


Top-grossing Films

 TitleStudioDom. gross
1.RockyUnited Artists Pictures$117M
2.To Fly!National Air and Space Museum$87M
3.A Star Is BornWarner Bros.$80M
4.All the President’s MenWarner Bros.$71M
5.The Omen20th Century Fox Film Corporation$61M
6.In Search of Noah’s ArkSunn Classic Pictures


7.King KongParamount Pictures$53M
8.Silver Streak20th Century-Fox Film Corporation$51M
9.The EnforcerWarner Bros.$46M
10.MidwayUniversal Studios / Cinema International Corporation$43M


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Rocky – Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists

Best Director: John G. AvildsenRocky

Best Actor: Peter FinchNetwork (first actor to win posthumously)

Best Actress: Faye DunawayNetwork

Best Supporting Actor: Jason RobardsAll the President’s Men

Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice StraightNetwork


Among Those Who Died In 1976:

  NameAge Notable films
Jan1Walter Janssen88ActorThe Great Longing
 12Agatha Christie85WriterWitness for the Prosecution
     Murder on the Orient Express
 13Margaret Leighton53ActressThe Go-Between
     The Best Man
 18Sonia Dresdel66ActressThis Was a Woman
     The Fallen Idol