The Hottest TV Actors of the 1970's (18 years old and above)

by brian0062 | created - 27 Apr 2016 | updated - 31 Oct 2017 | Public

This is my list of the 40 Hottest TV Actors of the 1970's. I considered all actors who were at least 18 by the end of the decade.

1. Michael Ontkean

Actor | Slap Shot

Michael Ontkean, best known for playing the minor league hockey player Ned Braden in the cult classic Slap Shot (1977), was born on January 24, 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents, Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean, were actors. Michael was raised Catholic and attended Catholic ...

Willie Gillis on "The Rookies"

2. John Schneider

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

John Richard Schneider IV was born April 8, 1960, in Mt. Kisco, New York, to Shirley and John Richard "Jack" Schneider III, a pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran. His parents divorced when he was two. John began acting at the age of eight. He was in many plays in New York City. He and his mother moved...

Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard"

3. Robby Benson

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Robby Benson was born on January 21, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Robin David Segal. He is an actor and director, known for Beauty and the Beast (1991), King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (Video Game) (1992), Friends (1994) and One on One (1977), Ice Castles (1978), Kingdom Hearts (Video ...

Multiple TV movies and TV series guest appearances.

4. Tony Danza

Actor | Don Jon

Tony Danza is an American actor, perhaps best known for starring on some of television's most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss? (1984-1992).

Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York to Anne (Cammisa), a bookkeeper, and Matty Iadanza, a garbageman. His mother...

Tony Banta on "Taxi"

5. Don Grady

Actor | My Three Sons

Born Don Agrati in San Diego, California, Don Grady became a Mousekeeter, along with 23 others, when that show debuted in 1955. In 1960, he joined My Three Sons (1960), which debuted in 1960 and ran for 12 years. As an enthusiast of music after "My Three Sons" ended, he continued in music as a ...

Robbie Douglas on "My Three Sons"

6. David Cassidy

Actor | The Partridge Family

David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in Manhattan, to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor and singer, and Evelyn Ward, an actress. By the time he was five, his parents were divorced and Jack had married actress Shirley Jones, an actress who in 1955 had just made Oklahoma! (1955). When David was ...

Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family"

7. Bobby Sherman

Soundtrack | Shindig!

Bobby started in the hit television program Shindig as the house singer from 1964 to 1966. After it was canceled, he did guest appearances in shows like The Monkees, Honey West and The FBI before starring in his breakout role in Here Come The Bfrides from 1968 to 1970. He also performed in an ...

Jeremy Bolt on "Here Come the Brides"

8. Desi Arnaz Jr.

Actor | Here's Lucy

Desi Arnaz Jr. has lived in Boulder City, Nevada, since 1986, where he owns the Historic Boulder Theatre and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre ...

Craig Carter on "Here's Lucy"

9. Christopher Knight

Actor | The Brady Bunch

Once and forever a Brady! Christopher Knight met life as a child actor, starring as "Peter Brady" in the TV classic hit show The Brady Bunch (1969). A reluctant icon, Christopher has focused his adult years on interests beyond the entertainment industry, particularly the corporate world of ...

Peter Brady on "The Brady Bunch"

10. James MacArthur

Actor | Hang 'Em High

In a career spanning more than four decades, James MacArthur developed a body of work which is wonderfully dynamic in both scope and range. Portraying everything from crazed killer to stalwart defender of law and order, frustrated teenager to cynical senior supervisor, he has appeared in numerous ...

Danny Williams on "Hawaii 5-0"

11. Lance Kerwin

Actor | Enemy Mine

Lance Kerwin was born on November 6, 1960 in Newport Beach, California, USA as Lance Michael Kerwin. He is an actor, known for Enemy Mine (1985), Outbreak (1995) and Salem's Lot (1979). He has been married to Yvonne since 1998. He was previously married to Kristen Lansdale.

James Hunter on "James at 15/16"

12. Grant Goodeve

Actor | F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon

Grant Goodeve was born on July 6, 1952 in Middlebury, Connecticut, USA as Grant MacKenzie Goodeve. He is best known for his work on the series Eight Is Enough (1977-1981), Northern Exposure (1990-1992), and Dynasty (1982-1983) as well as a great many guest starring roles. For 15 years, Grant has ...

David Bradford on "Eight is Enough"

13. Mark Shera

Actor | Barnaby Jones

Mark Shera was born on July 10, 1949 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA as Mark Shapiro. He is known for his work on Barnaby Jones (1973), Taken (2002) and Black Mask (1996).

Dominic Luca on 'S.W.A.T." and JR Jones on "Barnaby Jones"

14. Anson Williams

Actor | Happy Days

Anson Williams was born on September 25, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Anson William Heimlich. He is an actor and director, known for Happy Days (1974), Baywatch (1989) and ABC Afterschool Specials (1972). He has been married to Jackie Gerken since 1988. They have four children. He was ...

Warren "Potsie" Webber on "Happy Days"

15. Richard Thomas

Actor | The Waltons

Richard Thomas was born on June 13, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Earl Thomas. He is an actor and director, known for The Waltons (1972), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and It (1990). He has been married to Georgiana Bischoff since November 20, 1994. They have one child. He was ...

John Boy Walton on "The Waltons"

16. Scott Baio

Actor | Arrested Development

Scott Vincent James Baio was born on September 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the third child of Mario and Rose Baio, who had emigrated from Italy. At the young age of nine, Scott decided that he wanted to be an actor. Soon after, his parents took him on interviews and he was able to land ...

Chachi Arcola on "Happy Days"

17. Greg Evigan

Actor | DeepStar Six

Born in South Amboy, New Jersey, Greg Evigan grew up in Sayreville. While in high school he won acclaim as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly, which won the New Jersey High School Musical Contest. One month after graduating from Sayreville War Memorial High School in 1971, Greg auditioned for and won a...

BJ McKay on "BJ and the Bear"

18. Freddie Prinze

Actor | Chico and the Man

Freddie Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, and a German immigrant father, Edward Karl Pruetzel. Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite ...

Chico Rodriguez on "Chico and the Man"

19. Willie Aames

Actor | Eight Is Enough

After becoming an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director Willie Aames took a 5-year hiatus and became a 6-star cruise director spending his time circling the globe and visiting over 127 countries. Recently Aames returned to his roots in acting and film making, splitting his time ...

Tommy Bradford on "Eight is Enough"

20. Eric Scott

Actor | The Waltons

Eric Scott was born on October 20, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eric Scott Magat. He is an actor, known for The Waltons (1972), The Fall Guy (1981) and Medical Center (1969). He has been married to Cynthia Ullman Wolfen since March 12, 2000. They have two children. He was previously ...

Ben Walton on "The Waltons"

21. Parker Stevenson

Actor | Probe

When Parker Stevenson was five years old his mother, who acted in numerous television commercials, took him to a filming session. This resulted in two small television appearances. However, Parker's father, an investment advisor, looked askance at the whole business, and although Parker appeared in...

Frank Hardy on "The Hardy Boys"

22. Chad Everett

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Both a leading and a supporting actor in movies and on television, name a role - lawyer, airline pilot, rig foreman, doctor, gunslinger, real-life person, good guy, bad guy - and Chad Everett has probably played it. He was born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. In high ...

Dr Joe Gannon on "Medical Center"

23. Dean Butler

Actor | Little House on the Prairie

Dean Butler was born on May 20, 1956 in Prince George, BC, Canada. He is a producer and actor best known to audiences for his portrayal of Almanzo Wilder from 1979 to 1983 on the iconic pioneer drama, Little House on the Prairie. He co-starred in the feature film, Desert Hearts, played Moondoggie ...

Almonzo Wilder on "Little House on the Prairie"

24. Barry Williams

Actor | The Brady Bunch

Barry William Blenkhorn grew up in Santa Monica, California and, after he turned 4 years old, he became one of those annoying kids who were bound and determined to get into show business. He was neighbors with actor Peter Graves whom he idolized and asked for advice on how to become an actor and ...

Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch"

25. John Travolta

Actor | Pulp Fiction

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...

Vinnie Barbarino on "Welcome Back, Kotter"

26. John Ritter

Actor | Sling Blade

Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was ...

Jack Tripper on Three's Company" and Matthew Fordwick on "The Waltons"

27. Tom Wopat

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

Tom Wopat will forever be remembered as strapping, good ol' boy Luke Duke, the virile, blue-eyed, dark-haired, plaid-shirted rascal opposite equally good-looking John Schneider as Bo Duke, his strapping, plaid-shirted blond cousin on the bucolic 80s action series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). Where ...

Luke Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard"

28. Shaun Cassidy

Producer | Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family

Shaun Cassidy is an American singer, actor, writer and producer. He has created and/or produced a number of television series including "American Gothic" (produced with Sam Raimi), "Roar" (starring a then unknown Heath Ledger), "Cold Case," "Cover Me," "The Agency," "Invasion," and "Emerald City." ...

Joe Hardy on "The Hardy Boys"

29. Gary Frank

Actor | Family

A long-time member of the famed Actor's Studio, Gary Frank began studying with Lee Strasberg in 1969, as well as renowned teachers Peggy Feury and Bill Traylor. Gary's career on film began in 1974 when he was cast by director Richard Donner in the television movie "Senior Year", which went on to ...

Willie Lawrence on "Family"

30. David Soul

Actor | Starsky & Hutch

David Soul achieved pop icon status as handsome, blond-haired, blue-eyed Detective Kenneth Hutchinson on the cult "buddy cop" TV series Starsky and Hutch (1975), Soul also had a very successful singing career recording several albums, with worldwide number one hit singles including "Silver Lady" & ...

Joshua Bolt on "Here Comes the Brides" and Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson on "Starsky and Hutch"

31. Patrick Duffy

Actor | Dallas

Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. Patrick was born in Montana, where his parents owned local taverns, and raised in Everett, Washington, since age 12. He wanted to become a professional athlete, and became a certified scuba diver while in his teens. However, his...

Bobby Ewing on "Dallas"

32. David W. Harper

Actor | Fletch

David W. Harper was born on October 4, 1961 in Abilene, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Fletch (1985), The Waltons (1972) and The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971).

Jim Bob Waltons on "The Waltons"

33. Linwood Boomer

Producer | Malcolm in the Middle

Linwood was the second youngest of four sons. He grew up with a strict mother, Eileen, and was enrolled in a gifted program at school. Linwood's first behind-the-scenes work was as writer and producer on the NBC series Silver Spoons (1982) (1985-86) and Night Court (1984) (1986-88). After ...

Adam Kendall on "Little House on the Prairie"

34. Paul Michael Glaser

Actor | Starsky and Hutch

Paul Michael Glaser was born on March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Paul Manfred Glaser. He is an actor and producer, known for Starsky and Hutch (1975), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Starsky & Hutch (2004). He was previously married to Tracy Barone and Elizabeth Glaser.

Dave Starsky on "Starsky and Hutch"

35. Brodie Greer

Actor | CHiPs

Brodie Greer was born on October 26, 1949 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Brodie Haldeman Greer. He is an actor, known for CHiPs (1977), L.A. Heat (1996) and Terror Squad (1988).

Officer Brady Baricza on "Chips"

36. Randolph Mantooth

Actor | Emergency!

Randolph Mantooth definitely fit the bill when he made a bankable name for himself in the TV medical series Emergency! (1972) as strong but sensitive paramedic/firefighter "John Gage".

Tall, dark and good-looking, Randy is of Seminole Indian heritage, born in Sacramento, California on September 19, ...

John Gage on "Emergency"

37. Larry Wilcox

Actor | CHiPs

Larry Wilcox grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming, with three siblings and raised by a single parent - his mother. He graduated and then went to the University of Wyoming and studied pre-med and then transferred to Cal State University Northridge in Southern California. His sister was tragically murdered by...

Jon Baker on "Chips"

38. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days"

39. Henry Winkler

Actor | The Waterboy

Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were German Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust by moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his ...

Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarilli on "Happy Days"

40. James Brolin

Actor | Traffic

James Brolin was born on July 18, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Craig Kenneth Bruderlin. He is an actor and producer, known for Traffic (2000), The Amityville Horror (1979) and Westworld (1973). He has been married to Barbra Streisand since July 1, 1998. He was previously married to Jan ...

Dr Steven Kiley on "Marcus Welby MD"



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