• Faye Dunaway as Diana Christensen
  • William Holden as Max Schumacher
  • Peter Finch as Howard Beale
  • Robert Duvall as Frank Hackett
  • Wesley Addy as Nelson Chaney
  • Ned Beatty as Arthur Jensen
  • Beatrice Straight as Louise Schumacher           
  • Jordan Charney as Harry Hunter
  • William Prince as Edward Ruddy
  • Lane Smith as Robert McDonough
  • Marlene Warfield as Laureen Hobbs
  • Conchata Ferrell as Barbara Schlesinger
  • Carolyn Krigbaum as Max's secretary
  • Arthur Burghardt as the Great Ahmet Khan
  • Cindy Grover as Caroline Schumacher
  • Darryl Hickman as Bill Herron
  • Lee Richardson as Narrator (voice)
Cast notes
  • Kathy Cronkite (Walter Cronkite's daughter) appears as kidnapped heiress Mary Ann Gifford.
  • Lance Henriksen has a small uncredited role as a network lawyer at the meetings in Diana Christensen's Los Angeles office, and at Ahmet Khan's home.
  • Ken Kercheval makes an appearance as a lawyer in the negotiation scene.
  • Some sources indicate that Tim Robbins has a small, non-speaking role at the end of the film as one of the assassins who kills Beale;[4] however, Robbins has publicly stated that he did not appear in the film.[5]

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