Warren Beatty

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Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty - 1975.JPG
Beatty in Shampoo (1975)
Born Henry Warren Beaty
March 30, 1937 (1937-03-30) (age 79)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Annette Bening
(m. 1992–present)
Relatives Shirley MacLaine (sister)

Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director.[1] He has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards.[2] He won the Best Director Award.[2] He has been nominated for 16 Golden Globe Awards and won six. Beatty was nominated for four Oscars for Heaven Can Wait.[3] He won an Oscar for Reds.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Beatty was born in Richmond, Virginia. His mother was Canadian teacher Kathlyn Corinne and doctor Ira Owens. He was raised in Arlington, Virginia. His older sister is actress Shirley MacLaine. He studied at Northwestern University for a year from 1954 through 1955.

Beatty enlisted in the California Air National Guard on February 11, 1960 under his original name, Henry W. Beaty.[4] On January 1, 1961, Beatty was discharged from the Air National Guard due to physical disability.

Career[change | change source]

Beatty started his career making appearances on television shows such as Studio One (1957), Kraft Television Theatre (1957), and Playhouse 90 (1959). He was a semi-regular on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis during its first season (1959–60). Beatty made his movie debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961), opposite Natalie Wood.

Beatty as Dick Tracy in Dick Tracy (1990)

In 1967, when he was 28, he produced and acted alongside Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman in Bonnie and Clyde. It was a critical and commercial success, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

After Bonnie and Clyde, Beatty acted with Elizabeth Taylor in The Only Game in Town (1970), directed by George Stevens; McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), directed by Robert Altman; Dollars (1971), directed by Richard Brooks; The Parallax View (1974), directed by Alan J. Pakula; and The Fortune (1975), directed by Mike Nichols.

Beatty starred in Reds (1981), an historical epic about American Communist journalist John Reed who observed the Russian October Revolution.[5] Beatty won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director.

Following Reds, Beatty did not appear in a movie for five years until 1987's Ishtar, written and directed by Elaine May.[6]

Beatty produced, directed and played the title role as comic strip based detective Dick Tracy in the 1990 movie of the same name. The movie received critical acclaim and was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.[7] It received seven Academy Award nominations, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Original Song.[8] It also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture.[9] In 1998, he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the political satire Bulworth, which was critically acclaimed and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[10]

Following the very bad box office performance of Town & Country (2001), in which Beatty starred, he did not appear in or direct another movie for 15 years.

In 2016, Beatty returned to acting and directing in the movie Rules Don't Apply, which was about a fake romance story about Howard Hughes.[11]

Personal life[change | change source]

Beatty has been married to actress Annette Bening since 1992. They have four children. His eldest son Stephen Ira came out as transgender in 2006.[12]

Beatty is a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party. In 1972, Beatty was part of the "inner circle" of Senator George McGovern's presidential campaign.

Movies[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass Bud Stamper Golden Globe for Best New Star - Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Actor
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Paolo di Leo
1962 All Fall Down Berry-Berry Willart
1964 Lilith Vincent Bruce
1965 Mickey One Mickey One
Promise Her Anything Harley Rummell
1966 Kaleidoscope Barney Lincoln
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Barrow David di Donatello Award for Best Actor
Photoplay Award for Best Actor
Photoplay Award for Best Film
Golden Laurel Award for Best Action-Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Picture
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Actor
Nominated - National Society of Film Critics for Best Film
1970 The Only Game in Town Joe Grady
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller John McCabe
$ Joe Collins
1974 The Parallax View Joseph Frady
1975 Shampoo George Roundy WGA Award for Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Picture
The Fortune Nicky Wilson
1978 Heaven Can Wait Joe Pendleton Golden Globe for Best Picture
Golden Globe for Best Actor
WGA Award for Best Screenplay
Saturn Award for Best Film
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – DGA Award for Best Director
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Direction
1981 Reds John Reed Academy Award for Best Director
DGA Award for Best Director
Golden Globe for Best Director
WGA Award for Best Screenplay
David di Donatello for Best Producer
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Director
National Board of Review Award for Top Ten Film
American Movie Award for Excellence in Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Picture
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Actor
Nominated - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
Nominated - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
1987 Ishtar Lyle Rogers
1990 Dick Tracy Dick Tracy Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Picture
Nominated - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award for Best Director
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Film
1991 Bugsy Bugsy Siegel Golden Globe for Best Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review for Top Ten Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Actor
Nominated - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated - National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1994 Love Affair Mike Gambril
1998 Bulworth Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – WGA Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Picture
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Actor
Nominated - Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award for Best Film
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor
2001 Town & Country Porter Stoddard
2008 The Dick Tracy TV Special Dick Tracy Also director and producer
2016 Rules Don't Apply Howard Hughes Also writer, director, and producer

References[change | change source]

  1. "Warren Beatty". TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/warren-beatty/178847/. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Warren Beatty". Spokeo, Inc. http://www.spokeo.com/Warren+Beatty+1. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Warren Beatty Biography". Bio/A&E Television Networks, LLC. http://www.biography.com/people/warren-beatty-9203570. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. "27 Celebrities Who Actually Go by Their Middle Names". Hollywood.com. http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/celebrities-who-actually-go-by-their-middle-names-60480752/#/ms-22561/1.
  5. "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. http://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/1982. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  6. Biskind, Peter (January 31, 2010). "Madness in Morocco: The Road to Ishtar". Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2010/02/ishtar-excerpt-201002.
  7. "1990 Yearly Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=1990&p=.htm.
  8. "The 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. http://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/1991. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  9. "Dick Tracy at the Golden Globes". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/film/23953. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  10. Frankel, Danielle (February 12, 1999). "Beatty Defending "Bulworth"". E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/news/37721/beatty-defending-bulworth.
  11. Cieply, Michael (March 6, 2015). "If Warren Beatty Is Directing, Shooting Can Wait. For Years.". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/movies/if-warren-beatty-is-directing-shooting-can-wait-for-years.html?_r=0. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  12. Tauber, Michelle (January 8, 2014). "Warren Beatty & Annette Bening's Transgender Son Speaks Out About Leelah Alcorn". People. http://www.people.com/article/stephen-ira-warren-beatty-annette-bening-transgender-son.

More readings[change | change source]

  • Ellis Amburn, The Sexiest Man Alive: A Biography of Warren Beatty, HarperCollins Publishers Inc., New York, 2002. ISBN 0-06-018566-X
  • Suzanne Finstad, Warren Beatty: A Private Man, Random House, Inc., New York, 2005. ISBN 1-4000-4606-8
  • Mark Harris, "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood", Penguin Press, New York, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59420-152-3
  • Suzanne Munshower, "Warren Beatty: His Life, His Loves, HIs Work", St. Martin's Press, New York, 1990. ISBN 0-8065-0670-9
  • Lawrence Quirk, "The Films of Warren Beatty", Citadel Press, New Jersey, 1979. ISBN 0-8065-0670-9

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