Leonardo DiCaprio – Jack Dawson – A third-class passenger on the Titanic, Jack Dawson got on the boat by winning a poker game with two of his friends. In love with first class passenger Rose Dewitt Bukater, much of the 1997 Titanic movie focuses on their affair. Jack was arrested when the Titanic began to sink and is saved by Rose. Jack Dawson dies on April 15, 1912 from hypothermia after the sinking of the Titanic.
Kate Winslett – Rose DeWitt Bukater – Born in Philadelphia in 1895, Rose Dewitt Bukater is 17 years old during the maiden voyage of the Titanic. She boards the ship with her fiancé Caledon Hockley and her mother Ruth. Although not in love with Cal, she is being forced to marry him through an arrangement set by her mother in order to maintain the family’s high status. Tired of the first class lifestyle and not wanting to marry Cal, Rose tries to commit suicide by throwing herself overboard. She is saved by third class passenger Jack Dawson. The two fall in love and their story is the main focus of the Titanic movie.
Billy Zane – Caledon “Cal” Hockley – The rich fiance of Rose Bukater, Cal is the son of fictional steel tycoon Nathan Hockey. Hockley is aboard the Titanic for its maiden voyage on the way to New York from Southampton, England, to marry his 17 year old fiance Rose. Obvivi0us or choosing to ignore the fact that Rose hates him and doesn’t wish to marry him, he purchases a diamond known as the “Heart of the Ocean” and presents it to Rose. Hockley becomes one of the movie’s antagonists and the “Heart of the Ocean” becomes a crucial plot point.
Kathy Bates – Molly Brown – Also known as the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, this Titanic survivor was a wealthy first class passenger. After the Titanic began sinking, she helped many passengers board lifeboats and helped many other individuals to safety. She was finally convinced to board a lifeboat herself, which she then took control of and began looking for more passengers in need. It’s not known whether or not she saved any passengers after being in the lifeboat, but her courageous acts earned her the nickname “Unsinkable” Molly Brown.
Frances Fisher – Ruth Dewitt Bukater – The mother of Rose Dewitt Bukater, she is the one responsible for the arrangements for marriage between Rose and steel tycoon’s son Caledon Hockley. Obsessed with her image and maintaining her wealth, this character is determined to salvage her wealth. After Rose’s father died, the family was left with nothing but debts disguised within an upper class name. Ruth thinks very little of Jack and sees him as a threat to Rose’s future wealth.
Gloria Stewart – Old Rose – One of the first characters seen in the movie, it is old Rose who recalls the story of the Titanic to explorer Brock Lovett (played by Bill Paxton). The entire Titanic movie is based on her recollection of the events during the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Stewart was recently recognized as being the oldest member of the cast and her career was recognized in front of prestigious actors and film enthusiasts.
Bill Paxton – Brock Lovett – Brock Lovett is a treasure hunter known for searching sunken vessels for valuables. In his latest expedition he is commissioned to find the legendary “Heart of the Ocean” by searching the Titanic wreck. After finding the safe that was believed to belong to Caledon Hockley, the person that was believed to have purchased the “Heart of the Ocean”, Lovett opens it but doesn’t find the necklace. Instead he finds soggy bank statements and a drawing of young Rose Dewitt Bukater wearing the necklace. Lovett receives a telephone call from Old Rose and she and her daughter Lizzie are flown aboard his ship to tell the story.
Bernard Hill – Captain Edward Smith – Captain of the legendary Titanic, Captain Edward Smith was ordered by the character Bruce Ismay to light the last of the 4 boilers on the Titanic. This increase in speed supposedly made the ship too fast to avoid impact with the iceberg. It is said that Smith was at fault for the sinking of the Titanic, but many believe that even the skilled captain couldn’t have done anything to avoid the sinking of the ship.
David Warner – Spicer Lovejoy – Valet and bodyguard to Caledon Hockley, Lovejoy will do anything to protect the name of his employer. One of the main antagonists in the movie, Dawson has quite a few problems with Lovejoy and Hockley during the film.
Victor Garber – Thomas Andrews – The main architect of the Titanic, Thomas Andrews is aboard the vessel for its maiden voyage.
Jonathan Hyde – Bruce Ismay – The managing directors of the White Star Line, Ismay is one of the individuals who deemed the Titanic as ‘unsinkable’.
Suzy Amis – Lizzy Calvert – Daughter Rose Calvert, who used to be Rose Dewitt Bukater, the main protagonist of the Titanic movie.
Lewis Abernathy – Lewis Bodne
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch – Anatoly Milkailavich (as Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch)
Danny Nucci - Fabrizio
Jason Barry – Tommy Ryan
Ewan Stewart - 1st Officer Murdoch
Ioan Gruffudd - 5th Officer Harold Lowe
Jonathan Phillips - 2nd Officer Lightoller (as Jonny Phillips)
Mark Lindsay Chapman - Chief Officer Wilde
Richard Graham - Quartermaster Rowe
Paul Brightwell - Quartermaster Hichens
Ron Donachie - Master at Arms
Eric Braeden - John Jacob Astor
Charlotte Chatton - Madeleine Astor
Bernard Fox - Col. Archibald Gracie
Michael Ensign - Benjamin Guggenheim
Fannie Brett - Madame Aubert