Gene Hackman is an American actor who has won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs. His breakout role was as a supporting character in Bonnie and Clyde for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Prominent film roles after Bonnie and Clyde include I Never Sang for my Father, The French Connection, The Conversation, Hoosiers, Mississippi Burning, Unforgiven, The Firm, Get Shorty, The Birdcage, Behind Enemy Lines, The Royal Tennanbaums, and Enemy of the State. He won an Academy Award for his performance in The French Connection. In 2004, he retired from acting.
Harrison Ford is an American actor an producer best known for his performances as Han Solo in the Star Wars films and as the title character in the Indiana Jones series. One of the top paid actors in Hollywood, Ford has appeared in countless action and drama films, including Blade Runner, Witness (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath.
Like Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall cut his teeth as a young actor working at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, where both of them were warned that they were unlikely to have successful acting careers. Duvall defied this by having a long and successful career in Hollywood, having been nominated for seven Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes. He won the Academy Award for his portrayal of an alcoholic country singer in Tender Mercies. Other roles include his debut as Boo Radley in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, True Grit, MASH, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Network, Apocalypse Now, Lonesome Dove, The Handmaid's Tale, Deep Impact, Open Range, Gods and Generals, and Wild Horses.
While she has a very small role in this film, Teri Garr is an accomplished comedian and actress, having appeared in the iconic films Young Frankenstein, Mr. Mom, and Tootsie. Her performance in Tootsie earned her an Academy Award nomination. Additionally, she appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Oh, God!, The Black Stallion, and After Hours. Known also for her witty improvisational skills, she was a frequent guest on late night talk shows with Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
Cindy Williams is perhaps best known for her performance as Shirley in the beloved sitcom, Laverne and Shirley. She appeared in the films American Graffiti and The Conversation, before booking a recurring role on the sitcom Happy Days, playing Shirley, a character who would later get her own show, Laverne and Shirley.
John Cazale was a beloved character actor who appeared in five memorable films in his lifetime: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter. In addition to his film work, he was a stage actor, appearing in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. He would act alongside Meryl Streep, who would soon become his girlfriend. They worked together on several films. Cazale died in 1978 of cancer.
Garfield studied at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and took many stage roles in his early career, before transitioning into film work. He has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, including The Conversation, Nashville, Bananas, The Front Page, The Cotton Club, Dick Tracy, and two art films directed by Wim Wenders.
MacRae is best known for her work on television, particularly her role on the show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
The Conversation Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Conversation is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.