What were these acclaimed actors selling in '60s and '70s TV commercials?

By: H&I Staff     Posted: February 1, 2024, 3:15PM

The following actors are all household names. They've won Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. 

But even acclaimed stars have to start somewhere. In Hollywood, that start is often television commercials. Of course, sometimes ads can be a great way to make money later in life, too.

We've gathered some commercials from the Sixties and Seventies featuring screen legends. You might remember them. Even if you don't, you've seen enough commercials to guess what is being sold. Good luck!

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  1. It's Dick Van Dyke! What was he selling in this commercial?
  2. Here is Robert De Niro circa 1970 selling something called "Ambassador." What was that?
  3. Which brand of car is young Dustin Hoffman talking up here in the late Sixties?
  4. What is Arnold promoting here in the Seventies?
  5. It's the Duke! John Wayne was in this ad for "Great Western" in the Seventies. What is "Great Western"?
  6. Here is John Travolta in a 1973 recruiting ad for which branch of the military?
  7. Oh, it's Travolta again. What is he selling here?
  8. Huh, it's Travolta once again. In a shower again, no less. What is he selling here?
  9. Wow, he really did a lot of commercials. What is Travolta pitching here?
  10. Gee, Travolta sure had a good agent. What article of clothing is he selling here?
  11. Come on! What Seventies commercial was John Travolta NOT in? What is he selling here?
What were these acclaimed actors selling in '60s and '70s TV commercials?

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