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Template:Years in film The year 1966 in film involved some significant events. A Man for All Seasons won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Events

Entertainment pioneer Walt Disney, best known for his creation of Mickey Mouse, breakthroughs in the field of animation and theme park design and other achievements, died on 15 December 1966 at the age of 65. He died while he was producing The Jungle Book, The Happiest Millionaire, and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day; the last three films under his personal supervision.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Bible: In the Beginning... 20th Century Fox Michael Parks, Richard Harris, John Huston, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Stephen Boyd, Peter O'Toole $34,900,023[1]
2. Hawaii United Artists Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Jocelyne LaGarde $34,562,222[2]
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Warner Bros. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis $33,736,689[3]
4. The Sand Pebbles 20th Century Fox Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Richard Crenna, Marayat Andriane, Mako $30,017,647[4]
5. A Man for All Seasons Columbia Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, John Hurt $28,350,000[5]
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly United Artists Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef $25,100,000[6]
7. Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Walt Disney Pictures Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan $22,565,634[7]
8. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming United Artists Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner $21,693,114[8]
9. Grand Prix MGM James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune $20,845,016[9]
10. Blowup MGM David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave $20,000,000[10]
11. The Endless Summer Cinema V Mike Hynson, Robert August, Miki Dora $20,000,000[11]
12. The Professionals Columbia Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Palance $19,537,346[12]
13. Alfie Paramount Michael Caine, Shelley Winters $18,871,300[13]
14. Georgy Girl Columbia Lynn Redgrave, James Mason $16,873,162[14]
15. The Silencers Columbia Dean Martin, Stella Stevens $16,318,124[15]
16. Follow Me, Boys! Walt Disney Pictures Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Kurt Russell $16,207,116[16]
17. The Blue Max 20th Century Fox George Peppard, James Mason $16,151,612[17]
18. Our Man Flint 20th Century Fox James Coburn $16,000,000[18]
19. The Wild Angels AIP Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra $15,541,070[19]
20. A Man and a Woman United Artists Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant $14,000,000[20]
21. Torn Curtain Universal Paul Newman, Julie Andrews $13,000,000[21]
22. Fantastic Voyage 20th Century Fox Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch $12,000,000[22]
23. Harper Warner Bros. Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh $12,000,000[23]
24. The Trouble with Angels Columbia Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, June Harding $8,200,000[24]
25. Penelope MGM Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn, Peter Falk $8,000,000[24]

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - A Man for All Seasons
Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Supporting Actor: Walter Matthau - The Fortune Cookie
Best Supporting Actress: Sandy Dennis - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Foreign Language Film: A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme), directed by Claude Lelouch, France

BAFTA Film Awards:

Best Film from any Source: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best British film: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons
Best Actor: Paul ScofieldA Man for All Seasons
Best Actress: Anouk AiméeA Man and a Woman
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Best Actor: Alan ArkinThe Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
Best Actress: Lynn RedgraveGeorgy Girl
Other
Best Director: Fred ZinnemannA Man for All Seasons

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme), directed by Claude Lelouch, France
Signore & Signori (The Birds, the Bees and the Italians), directed by Pietro Germi, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria / Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Cul-de-sac, directed by Roman Polanski, United Kingdom

1966 film releases

  1. A Man for All Seasons
  2. Alfie
  3. Batman

Christmas films released in 1966

  1. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  2. Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus
  3. A Christmas Memory
  4. Przedświąteczny wieczór [Evening Before Christmas]
  5. The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

Romance films released in 1966

  1. Patriotism
  2. A Man and a Woman

Births

Deaths

Short Film Series

Births

  • January 13 - Patrick Dempsey, American actor
  • February 4 - Piret Kalda, Estonian actress
  • February 24 - Billy Zane, American actor
  • February 25 - Téa Leoni, American actress
  • March 26 - Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • April 8 - Robin Wright, American actress
  • April 9 - Cynthia Nixon, American actress
  • May 10 - Ilian Djevelekov, Bulgarian film director and producer
  • May 26 - Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
  • June 22 - Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress
  • June 28
    • John Cusack, American actor, brother of actress Joan Cusack
    • Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress
  • July 10 - A. O. Scott, American film critic of The New York Times
  • July 11 - Debbe Dunning, American actress
  • July 15 - Irène Jacob, French-born Swiss actress
  • August 14 - Halle Berry, American actress
  • September 2 - Salma Hayek, Mexican actress
  • September 7 - Toby Jones, English actor
  • September 9 - Adam Sandler, American actor
  • October 16 - Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, American voice actress
  • November 17 - Sophie Marceau, French actress and director
  • November 22 - Michael Kenneth Williams, American actor
  • November 23 - Vincent Cassel, French actor
  • December 12 - Lydia Zimmermann, Spanish filmmaker
  • December 21 - Kiefer Sutherland, American actor

Deaths

  • January 22 - Herbert Marshall, 75, British actor, The Letter, The Little Foxes
  • January 31 - Elizabeth Patterson, 90, American actress, Pal Joey, Hail the Conquering Hero
  • February 1
    • Buster Keaton, 70, American actor and director, The General, Sherlock, Jr.
    • Hedda Hopper, 80, American gossip columnist and former actress, Sunset Boulevard, Topper
  • February 9 - Sophie Tucker, 82, Russian-born American singer and actress, Honky Tonk, Broadway Melody of 1938
  • February 18 - Robert Rossen, 57, American writer and director, The Hustler, All the King's Men
  • February 19 - James Edward Grant, 60, American writer and director, Angel and the Badman, The Alamo
  • February 26 - Mientje Kling, 71, Dutch actress
  • March 3 - William Frawley, 79, American actor, Miracle on 34th Street, The Lemon Drop Kid
  • June 5 - Natacha Rambova, 69, American actress, Salome, Monsieur Beaucaire
  • June 19 - Ed Wynn, 79, American actor, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins
  • July 23
    • Douglass Montgomery, 59, American actor, Little Women, Waterloo Bridge
    • Montgomery Clift, 45, American actor, From Here to Eternity, A Place in the Sun
  • August 3 - Lenny Bruce, 40, American satirist
  • August 15
    • Jan Kiepura, 64, Polish tenor and actor
    • Seena Owen, 71, American actress, Queen Kelly, Victory
  • August 23 - Francis X. Bushman, 83, American actor, Sabrina, The Phantom Planet
  • September 14 - Nikolai Cherkasov, 63, Soviet actor, Alexander Nevsky, Ivan The Terrible, Part II
  • September 22 - Jules Furthman, 78, American screenwriter, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not
  • October 13 - Clifton Webb, 76, American actor, Laura, The Man Who Never Was
  • October 16 - George O'Hara, 67, American actor and writer, Side Street, The Grapes of Wrath
  • October 24 - Hans Dreier, 81, German art director of European and American films, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity
  • November 3 - Byron Barr, 49, Double Indemnity, Pitfall
  • December 14
    • Emma Dunn, 91, British actress, Mother, Life with Father
    • Verna Felton, 76, American actress and voice actress, Picnic, Cinderella
    • Richard Whorf, 60, American actor and director, Christmas Holiday, Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • December 15 - Walt Disney, 65, American producer and cartoonist, Steamboat Willie, Cinderella
  • December 19 - Betty Kuuskemaa, 87, Estonian actress, Elu tsitadellis, Pöördel
  • December 22 - Robert Keith, 68, American actor, The Lineup, Written on the Wind

Debuts

  • Michael Douglas - Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Harrison Ford - Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
  • Bette Midler - Hawaii
  • Helen Mirren - Press for Time
  • Johnny Whitaker - The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

References

  1. "The Bible: In the Beginning, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  2. "Hawaii, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  3. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  4. "The Sand Pebbles, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  5. "A Man For All Seasons, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  6. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  7. "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  8. "The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  9. "Grand Prix, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  10. Corliss, Richard (5 August 2007). "When Antonioni Blew Up the Movies". Time. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. Ryan, Tim (October 2004). "Big Waves, Big Screen". Bruce Brown Films. Retrieved August 13, 2015. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  12. "The Professionals, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  13. "Alfie, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  14. "Georgy Girl, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  15. "The Silencers, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  16. "Follow Me, Boys!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  17. "The Blue Max, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  18. "Our Man Flint, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  19. "The Wild Angels, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  20. "A Man and a Woman, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  21. "Torn Curtain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  22. "Fantastic Voyage, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  23. "Harper, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967, pg 8.

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