In another article we showed some movies that were released in 1969 and are turning 50 this year. After so many years, these films have become Hollywood classics and favourites for a number of moviegoers.
But 1969 wasn’t just a big year for films like Midnight Cowboy, True Grit, and all the other Westerns released that year. Apart from being his only film appearance as James Bond, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was also George Lazenby’s film debut. Several actors made their film debuts in 1969, and are now certified A-listers:
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Hercules in New York)
That’s right. Before making it big in box office hits of the 80s like Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, and Predator, 22-year old “Arnie” starred as the titular character of Hercules in New York under the name Arnold Strong (we don’t blame the producers for trying to spell his name). In fact his Austrian accent was so strong in the film, his lines had to be dubbed!
Al Pacino (Me, Natalie)
Al Pacino, one of today’s most revered actors, had a humble beginning when he debuted in a minor role in Me, Natalie. Little did he know that three years later, he would be starring in The Godfather where his performance as Michael Corleone cemented his place in history among Hollywood’s best. Pacino played Corleone again in The Godfather‘s sequels, and finally won an Academy Award in 1993’s Scent of a Woman.
Ian McKellen (A Touch of Love)
McKellen was making a name for himself in the theatrical scene starring in productions like A Man For All Seasons, A Scent of Flowers, and breakthrough performances as Richard II and Edward II. After a debut appearance in A Touch of Love, McKellen went on to lead in Priest of Love before making starring in acclaimed roles as Magneto in the X-Men franchise and Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy. He was knighted in 1991 for his services to the performing arts, and is an advocate for LGBT social movements.
Christopher Walken (Me and My Brother)
The slick-talker himself Christopher Walken has been in show business since 1954, but his first movie appearance was in the indie film Me and My Brother. More than a hundred films later, Walken would be starring in critically-acclaimed films such as The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, and more.