Birds, The (1963): Cast Dominated by Women; Hitchcock Cameo


Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels

Rod Taylor as Mitchell “Mitch” Brenner

Jessica Tandy as Lydia Brenner

Suzanne Pleshette as Annie Hayworth

Veronica Cartwright as Cathy Brenner

Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Bundy, ornithologist

Charles McGraw as Sebastian Sholes, fisherman

Lonny Chapman as Deke Carter, innkeeper

Doreen Lang as Hysterical Mother

Karl Swenson as Drunken “Prophet”

Joe Mantell as Cynical Businessman

Ruth McDevitt as Mrs. MacGruder, owner of bird shop

Malcolm Atterbury as Deputy Al Malone

John McGovern as Mail Clerk

Richard Deacon as Mitch’s neighbor in San Francisco

Elizabeth Wilson as Helen Carter, Deke’s wife

Doodles Weaver as Fisherman helping with rental boat

William Quinn as Sam, Man in Diner


Hitchcock’s Cameo

Hitchcock makes his signature cameo appearance as a man walking dogs out of the pet shop at the beginning of the film. He exits the store as Melanie walks in, carrying  of his own Sealyham Terriers dogs, Geoffrey and Stanley.