Cast and characters:
Duane Jones as Ben: He was an unknown stage actor. Casting Jones as the hero was potentially controversial, in 1968. It was not typical for a black man to be the hero of a U.S. film when the rest of the cast was composed of white actors at the time, but Romero said that Jones “simply gave the best audition”. He was in a few other films after Night of the Living Dead. He continued as a theatrical actor and director until his death in 1988.
Judith O’Dea as Barbra Blair: Judith O’Dea, a 23-year-old commercial and stage actress. Starring in the film was a positive experience for her, she remarked in an interview. She admitted that horror movies terrified her, particularly House of Wax (1953).
Karl Hardman as Harry Cooper
Marilyn Eastman as Helen Cooper: Eastman also played a female undead eating an insect.
Keith Wayne as Tom
Judith Ridley as Judy
Kyra Schon as Karen Cooper
Charles Craig as Newscaster / Undead
Bill Hinzman as Cemetery Living Dead: The cemetery living dead who kills Johnny in the first scene. Hinzman also appeared in new scenes that were filmed for the 30th-anniversary edition of the film.
George Kosana as Sheriff McClelland
Russell Streiner as Johnny Blair
Bill Cardille, a.k.a., “Chilly Billy Cardilly.” Cardille was well-known locally as a Pittsburgh TV man who had his own horror movie show, Chiller Theatre