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Warren Beatty

FULL NAME Henry Warren Beaty
BORN March 30, 1937, Richmond, VA, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor, director, writer, producer
NATIONALITY American
LIVES Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
REVIEWED ENTRIES 16 (actor)
8 (filmmaker)
MAX. RATING (actor)
(filmmaker)
MIN. RATING (actor)
(filmmaker)
AVERAGE RATING 3.98 (actor)
3.56 (filmmaker)
STRENGTHS
  • Screen charisma
  • Fashion sense
  • Ability to transform with time
  • Intelligence/ability to empathize
  • Filmmaking talents.

 

ACTOR FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1961 Splendor in the Grass Bud Stamper

1962 All Fall Down Berry-Berry Willart

1964 Lilith Vincent Bruce

1967 Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Barrow

1970 The Only Game in Town Joe Grady

1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller John McCabe

1971 $ (Dollars) Joe Collins

1974 The Parallax View Joseph Frady

1975 Shampoo George Roundy

1978 Heaven Can Wait Joe Pendelton

1981 Reds Jack Reed

1990 Dick Tracy Dick Tracy

1991 Bugsy Bugsy Siegel

1994 Love Affair Mike Gambril

1998 Bulworth Jay Billington Bulworth

2001 Town & Country Porter Stoddard

 

FILMMAKER FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ASSOCIATION

FILM RATING

1967 Bonnie and Clyde Producer

1975 Shampoo Producer/Writer

1978 Heaven Can Wait Director/Producer/Writer

1981 Reds Director/Producer/Writer

1990 Dick Tracy Director/Producer

1991 Bugsy Producer

1994 Love Affair Producer/Writer

1998 Bulworth Director/Producer/Writer

 

PORTRAYAL

The story of Warren Beatty is one of incessant success spanning more than forty years from his impressive break through opposite Natalie Wood in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass and to his final directorial so far, Bulworth. His position in American cinema has never been undisputed, starting out as an often impishly sexy young romantic lead, developing through his independent, political activist playboy persona of the seventies, and to the hottest of Hollywood's fifty plus men in the late eighties and nineties.

When the almost unreasonable resourceful Beatty got his break in Splendor In the Grass, he had already turned down ten offers for a football scholarship. He then scored only fairly successful roles in a prolific 60s, before hitting it big with Bonnie and Clyde (1967). He was Oscar-nominated for best actor as well as for best picture (as a producer), and was overnight one of the most sought after men in the business.

After doing a handful of star-fueled movies in the early 70s (often opposite contemporary love interests, such as Julie Christie in McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Goldie Hawn in $ (Dollars)), Beatty has arguably been the most selective and independent performer in Hollywood history. In the nearly thirty years that has passed since 1975, Beatty has only acted in eight movies, only one of which he hasn't been either producing or directing himself. In the process he's been able to turn down roles such as the lead in The Way We Were, the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II and recently as Bill in Kill Bill: Vol 2.

Warren Beatty's political affiliation has always been an important basis for his movies, and particularly so with two of his most acclaimed films as a director; Reds (1981) and Bulworth (1998), but also in films he has only written, such as Shampoo (1975). From the 9 films in which Beatty has been credited for work behind the camera, he has received a total of 14 Academy Award nominees. It is an achievment beyond compare.

The sophisticated, trendy, intelligent, arrogant, dominant and notoriously womanizing Beatty was finally hooked in 1992 when he married Anette Bening whom he had met during the filming of Bugsy (1991). 21 years his junior, Bening has managed what no other women has before her; keep Beatty on the mat. They now have four children and reside on Mulholland Drive along with fellow giant Jack Nicholson (and until his death, with Marlon Brando).

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1967

Nominated for Best Picture for Bonnie and Clyde - producer

1967

Nominated for Actor for Bonnie and Clyde

1975

Nominated for Writing (Best Original Screenplay) for Shampoo

1978

Nominated for Writing (Best Adapted Screenplay) for Heaven Can Wait

1978

Nominated for Best Picture for Heaven Can Wait - producer

1978

Nominated for Actor for Heaven Can Wait

1981

Nominated for Best Picture for Reds - producer

1981

Best Director for Reds

1981

Nominated for Writing (Best Original Screenplay) for Reds

1981

Nominated for Actor for Reds

1991

Nominated for Best Picture for Bugsy - producer

1991

Nominated for Actor for Bugsy

1999

Nominated for Writing (Best Original Screenplay) for Bulworth

2000

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

No records as of yet.

 

QUOTES

(On his attitude toward the press) "In a way, I'd rather ride down the street on a camel than give what is sometimes called an in-depth interview. I'd rather ride down the street on a camel nude. In a snowstorm. Backwards."

"Charity is taking an ugly girl to lunch."

"My notion of a wife at forty is that a man should be able to change her, like a bank note, for two twenties."

CHARACTER QUOTES

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

John McCabe (Warren Beatty): "I've got girls up here that'll do more tricks than a goddamn monkey on a hundred yards of grapevine."

 

The Parallax View (1974)

Joe Frady (Warren Beatty): "No, I'm.. I'm a girl."
Deputy Red (Earl Hindman): (touching him) "Why don't you go over there and tell those people real loud?"
Joe Frady (Warren Beatty): "Don't touch me unless you love me."

Joe Frady (Warren Beatty): "I'm dead, Bill, and I wanna stay that way for a while."