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An elderly Jedi Knight who guides a young man in his quest to save a kidnapped princess.Alec Guinness, Star Wars (1977)
The youngest son of a successful Mafia boss who becomes the unlikely heir to his father's business.Al Pacino, The Godfather (1972)
A young Italian immigrant who becomes one of the most prominent mob bosses in the United States.Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II (1974)
A surfing helicopter commander in Vietnam who enjoys combative odor when he wakes up.Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979)
A steel worker who serves in Vietnam with his friends, but stays behind playing Russian Roulette after the war ends.Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter (1978)
The hot-headed oldest son of a Mafia boss who briefly takes over the family business when his father is shot.James Caan, The Godfather (1972)
A newspaper editor who supports two of his reporters as they uncover a Presidential scandal.Jason Robards, All the President's Men (1976)
A grizzled boxing trainer who helps an underdog as he prepares to face the cocky champion.Burgess Meredith, Rocky (1976)
The adopted son of a successful Mafia boss who works as the boss's legal advisor.Robert Duvall, The Godfather (1972)
A young, troubled mental patient who is helped by a fellow patient and ridiculed by a sadistic nurse.Brad Dourif, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
A pre-op transgender whose lover unsuccessfully robs a bank to pay for his sex change operation.Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The grizzled owner of a movie house in a sleepy Texas town.Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show (1971)
An androgynous host of a seedy German nightclub during the rise of the Nazis.Joel Grey, Cabaret (1972)
A cop who works with his street-wise partner as they try to bring down a European drug dealer.Roy Scheider, The French Connection (1971)
A famous mystery writer who inspires his lover, also an author, as she gets involved with anti-Fascist activists.Jason Robards, Julia (1977)
An elderly former vaudevillian who re-teams with his former partner, whom he hates.George Burns, The Sunshine Boys (1975)
An unsuccessful man who sets up his meek pet shop employee sister with his boxer best friend.Burt Young, Rocky (1976)
A conservative officer who returns wounded from Vietnam to find his wife has been having an affair with a paralyzed veteran.Bruce Dern, Coming Home (1978)
The popular co-captain of a Texas high school football team in the early 1950s.Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show (1971)
A young boy who is forced to form a relationship with his workaholic father when his mother leaves the family.Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
A former Nazi officer who extracts information through excessive dentistry.Laurence Olivier, Marathon Man (1976)
An aging conman who is trapped with several others in a raging fire in a brand new skyscraper.Fred Astaire, The Towering Inferno (1974)
A dying millionaire who befriends a simple gardener that everyone mistakes for a genius.Melvyn Douglas, Being There (1979)
A ruthless corporate leader who manipulates the television station his company owns through a dramatic monologue directed at the station's troubled news anchor.Ned Beatty, Network (1976)
A tough Harvard Law professor who challenges a group of fresh-faced first-year students.John Houseman, The Paper Chase (1973)
Description Actor, Movie % Correct
A dying Jewish mobster who double crosses his Italian colleague, the son of one of his mentors.Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II (1974)
A young priest who assists an older veteran in the expulsion of a demon from a possessed pre-teen.Jason Miller, The Exorcist (1973)
A naive convicted Marine who is being escorted to prison by two others.Randy Quaid, The Last Detail (1973)
An Italian mobster who is frustrated with his Lake Tahoe-based boss as he runs the family's New York operations.Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II (1974)
A football coach whose quarterback is killed too early and returns as a rich old man.Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait (1978)
A mute resident of an Irish town that finds himself observing a controversy involving a young woman's affair with a British officer.John Mills, Ryan's Daughter (1970)
A Cheyenee leader who raises a white child who grows up to be 121 years old.Chief Dan George, Little Big Man (1970)
A prisoner in a Turkish prison who befriends an American youth and is attached to his pet cat.John Hurt, Midnight Express (1978)
A prominent Russian ballet dancer who has an affair with an up-and-comer, the daughter of a former dancer.Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point (1977)
A wealthy Republican who bankrolls a hairdresser he assumes is gay, unaware that the hairdresser is romancing both his wife and his girlfriend.Jack Warden, Shampoo (1975)
A retired jockey who helps a rescued cast away and his horse succeed in the world of racing.Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion (1979)
A college professor who tries in vain to get over his strained relationship with his father.Gene Hackman, I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
A troubled youth who goes into intense therapy after he blinds six horses with a metal spike.Peter Firth, Equus (1977)
The friend of a female anti-Fascist fighter, who aids the fighter's playwright friend in her attempt to smuggle money across Europe.Maximilian Schell, Julia (1977)
A working class man whose Radcliffe educated daughter marries a Harvard educated rich man.John Marley, Love Story (1970)
A limo driver who has a relationship with a hard-living rock and roll singer.Frederic Forrest, The Rose (1979)
An associate and friend of the owner of a dress factory that disapproves of his friend's plan to burn the factory down for the insurance money.Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger (1973)
A shy tailor who loves the oldest daughter of a poor Jewish milkman in turn of the twentieth century Russia.Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
A young car thief who teams up with a notorious bank robber posing as a preacher.Jeff Bridges, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
The manager of a baseball team who must deal with his catcher's terminal illness.Vincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
An aging cowhand who helps a female rancher in her land struggle with a ruthless cattle baron.Richard Farnsworth, Comes a Horseman (1978)
A former song-and-dance man with an untalented actress daughter who is working as a door to door salesman in Hollywood in the late 1930s.Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust (1975)
An Italian patriarch who has one son getting married and another getting divorced.Richard S. Castellano, Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
A wealthy man who disapproves of his daughter's relationship with a recently married man.Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
A member of an Oregon logging family that deals with generational differences and labor disputes.Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)

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