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A Look Back at the Beloved Cast of Annie 1982

Annie (1982): A spunky young orphan is taken in by a rich eccentric, much to the chagrin of the cantankerous woman who runs the orphanage.

The 1982 musical film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, “Annie,” has long been a beloved classic. With its catchy music, memorable characters, and timeless message of hope, it continues to bring joy to generations of viewers. One of the key elements that makes “Annie” so special is its talented cast. From the titular character to her lovable dog, Sandy, each actor brought unique charisma and charm to the production. In honor of this classic movie’s 38th anniversary, let’s look back at the memorable cast of “Annie.”

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Aileen Quinn as Annie

When it came time to cast the role of Annie, Aileen Quinn was chosen out of thousands of young hopefuls. Quinn had no prior acting experience and was only nine years old when she landed the role. Despite her lack of experience, she quickly won over audiences with her natural talent and exuberant energy. Her performance earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Albert Finney as Oliver Warbucks

Legendary actor Albert Finney played the role of Oliver Warbucks. Finney was already an acclaimed actor when he took on this role and had received Academy Award nominations for his performances in “Tom Jones” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” His portrayal of Warbucks as a gruff but ultimately kindhearted billionaire was one of the highlights of “Annie” and helped make it such an iconic movie.

Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan

Another legendary actor who starred in “Annie” was Carol Burnett, who played Miss Hannigan —the cruel orphanage supervisor who serves as one of the main antagonists in the film. Burnett had already established herself as one of America’s premier comedians before taking on this role. Still, she showed she could also be a great dramatic actress with her performance in “Annie.” She brought wit and depth to her portrayal, making Miss Hannigan a memorable character in cinematic history.

Tim Curry as Rooster Hannigan

Miss Hannigan’s brother Rooster was played by Tim Curry — who would become one of cinema’s most versatile actors after his performance in “Annie.” Curry brought a devilish charm to his portrayal, making him an entertaining villain that audiences loved to hate. His chemistry with Burnett was also superb, which helped make their scenes together some of the most memorable moments in “Annie.”

Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell

The last major character in “Annie” is Grace Farrell — Warbucks’ assistant who helps Annie find her parents and eventually falls for him herself. The role was played by dancer-turned-actress Ann Reinking — who had just recently begun acting when she landed this part. She impressed audiences with her graceful dancing skills and charming personality, making Grace Farrell one of the most beloved characters in “Annie.”

Bernadette Peters as Lily St Regis

Rounding out our look at “Annie’s” cast is Bernadette Peters — who played Lily St Regis — Rooster’s girlfriend who helps him try to swindle Warbucks out of his money. Peters had already established herself as one of Broadway’s brightest stars when she took on this role — bringing charisma and energy to every scene she was in, which made Lily St Regis an entertaining villainess audiences couldn’t help but love.

Geoffrey Holder as Punjab

One final member worth mentioning is Geoffrey Holder—who played Punjab—the loyal servant to Oliver Warbucks whose mystical powers help protect Annie from danger throughout her journey home from New York City back to her parent’s house in Illinois. Holder’s unique voice and commanding presence added an extra layer of magic to “Annie” that helped make it such an iconic film for generations to come.


From Aileen Quinn’s charming performance as Annie down to Geoffrey Holder’s magical portrayal of Punjab—each member of “Annie’s” cast brought something special that helped make it such an iconic movie that continues to entertain viewers 38 years later!

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