What These 70’s Stars Look Like Now is Incredible!
The 1970s was an amazing Hollywood era. Some of the finest films were produced during that era, and television content began offering a wider variety of shows to appeal to a diverse audience. Have you been wondering what your favorite silver screen star or television icon has been up to, forty years later? Here’s the scoop on how they kicked off their careers and how they’ve held up over the decades.
This self-proclaimed women’s rights activist has had a stellar career. His start in show biz began in burlesque shows, but his big break came when he was in the middle of filming a movie inside the Utah State Prison and the M*A*S*H* pilot script was sent his way. His portrayal of Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce has had a massive influence on television content, and is still relevant in popular culture.
Alda is still active on the movie circuit, recently starring with Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies. He’s also kept up with technological shifts in media; he starred this year alongside Steve Buscemi, C.K. Louis, Edie Falco and Jessica Lange in Louis’ online comedy-drama Horace and Pete.
Who can forget being terrified along with Ripley in the iconic space-thriller Alien? Before she became a sci-fi hero, Weaver had already made several critically acclaimed films in the ‘70s, including Annie Hall and Serpico.
Sigourney has been keeping busy on the big screen during the decades since. She has starred in blockbusters such as Avatar, and the uber-creepy The Cabin in the Woods. Recently she received critical acclaim for her role in USA Network’s Political Animals mini-series, and she is a very active philanthropist.
Perhaps known for her sarcastic titular role in Murphy Brown, Bergen made her film debut in a Sidney Lumet production of The Group while still in college. She shot to stardom in the 1971 flick Carnal Knowledge, and went on to star in classic films like Rich and Famous with Jacqueline Bisset.
Nicknamed “The Ice Queen”, Candice has stayed visible on the screen, recently playing Rob Lowe’s mother in the true-crime story telling of the murders of hoteliers ernice and Ben Novak Jr., Beautiful and Twisted.
It helps to have family in show business. Sissy’s cousin, actor Rip Torn was an influence in her acting inspirations. She made her first big impression in the 1973 violence-flick Badlands, co-starring with Martin Sheen. She horrified us with her portrayal of bullied prom queen in Stephen King’s Carrie in 1976, and scored a Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in Coal Miner’s Daughter in 1980.
Spacek has stayed active in film throughout the decades, starring in In the Bedroom, and the family drama series Netflix Original series Bloodlines.
1976 was a very good year for Jessica. She won a New Star of the Year Golden Globe Award for her professional film debut in giant ape thriller King Kong. She moved on to even bigger roles, appearing in All That Jazz, a part that was specifically written for her by Bob Fosse.
Still quite the looker, Lange continues to act. She’s been the central character the last few years in the FX hit anthology series American Horror Story. Jessica Lange still regularly acts. A photographer, she has had several exhibitions, and has released several books of her work, while also serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef.
Though she had appeared in previous films, Fonda didn’t become famous until winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 1971’s Klute. She continued her winning streak in the 1977 comedy Fun With Dick and Jane.
While she furthered her famedom by releasing several leg-warmer inspiring workout videos, Jane has stayed busy in show biz both on and off screen. She stars with Lily Tomlin in the Netflix original Grace and Frankie, and she continues to release health-related videos.
Originally appearing in Starsky and Hutch, Carter didn’t become a household name until she donned Wonder Woman’s golden lasso in 1975. A singer as well as an actress, she released an album called Portrait in 1978.
Lynda continues to stay busy in show business and the music industry, with appearances on Two and a Half Men and Smallville, and two more albums: Crazy Little Things and At Last. She’s also lent her voice to The Elder Scrolls video game series characters.
This English beauty had a brief appearance in Richard Attenborough’s 1970 Oh! What a Lovely War, but received international acclaim for her Bond Girl role in Live and Let Die in 1973. She went on to star in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and Battlestar Gallactica, before starring in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
Still a stunner, Jane continues to act, with cameos in episodes of Franklin and Bash and Castle. She has the writing bug as well, and has written several books on motherhood, romantic living and self-help.
Everyone’s favorite hot man in uniform, Estrada shot to fame playing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, a California Highway Patrolmen in the TV series CHiPs. He also spent plenty of time featured in fan-mags like Tiger Beat with fellow actors Robin Williams and Tony Danza.
Once he took off his badge, Eric turned stayed busy on the reality circuits, and has lent his voice to several cartoon characters. He promotes car seat safety as the face of D.A.R.E., and recently announced on Twitter that he’d become a real-life police officer as a reserve officer with the St. Anthony Police Department in Idaho.
Hackman began his acting career when he enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was allegedly voted least likely to succeed. He proved his naysayers wrong by appearing in several films before getting an Oscar Award nomination for I Never Sang For My Father in 1970. He continued his success with The French Connection, Night Moves, and the Wilder comedy Young Frankenstein, as well as some less than memorable crime thrillers. His last film was Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano.
Gene is now retired, but has turned his sights to writing, penning four historical fiction novels. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Duvall had been in several small roles before scoring big with critical success in 1972’s mafia movie The Godfather. He carried that winning streak on with fantastic roles in the sequel Godfather II, and will be remembered forever for his Golden Globe winning role in Apocalypse Now.
In recent years, Robert continued acting and directing, but has now stepped away from the silver screen. He presently dedicates his talents to promoting historic preservation, helping families in Northern Argentina, and supporting the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.