|Date of Birth||30 March 1937 , Richmond, Virginia, USA|
|Birth Name||Henry Warren Beaty|
|Height||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
Mini Bio (2)
Beatty attended high school in Arlington, Virginia and then Northwestern University, but, not to be outdone by his rising-star big sister, dropped out after his first year to study acting under the legendary Stella Adler. He found his first screen role, in the TV sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), to be "ridiculous" and quickly abandoned it to work on the Broadway stage, the highlight of which was his Tony-nominated performance in "A Loss of Roses".
Beatty's first major film role came in the drama Splendor in the Grass (1961), as the confused Bud. Critics refused to take the handsome young Beatty seriously, and he strove to turn this around with his arty crime drama Mickey One (1965), directed by Arthur Penn, which got favorable notices but did not find an audience. Next he starred in a light-weight comedy, Promise Her Anything (1965), along with the lovely Leslie Caron and the charismatic Beatty, already a Lothario, began an affair with his married co-star which was cited in Caron's divorce proceedings.
Beatty teamed up again with Penn for the movie that would elevate his status in Hollywood, the classic Bonnie and Clyde (1967), in which he and co-star Faye Dunaway played the quirky outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The movie's powerful performances, strong direction and controversially graphic violence made it a huge hit, and Beatty finally found himself taken seriously.
Over the next decade, Beatty starred in, produced and occasionally directed some of the most important films in Hollywood, some critically praised, such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971); others prescient social commentaries, such as Shampoo (1975) which itself became an important event in popular culture; others were wonderful updates of Hollywood classics, such as Heaven Can Wait (1978). He capped this all off with his hugely ambitious recounting of the American radical journalist John Reed's experiences in Bolshevik Russia, Reds (1981), for which Beatty, already nominated for acting Oscars several times, finally won as best director. Beatty was an intrinsic part of the renaissance of Hollywood in the 1970s, when films were being made every year that were important as well as successful.
Beatty's remarkable career stalled in the 1980s. In fact, he was absent from the screen for most of that decade, and when his next film after Reds (1981) finally came, it was the legendarily disastrous Ishtar (1987), one of the biggest film catastrophes of not only the decade, but all time. Beatty's next movie, Dick Tracy (1990) was a summer blockbuster and received rave reviews from the critics as well. Following this came Bugsy (1991), a biopic of the life of gangster and Las Vegas visionary Bugsy Siegel, which was another box office failure. Beatty married his co-star, Annette Bening, and produced and starred with her in another costly disaster, Love Affair (1994). Beatty revisited his "Ishtar" nadir with his expensive 2001 comedy Town & Country (2001), which was both a box office and critical debacle.
Fortunately, in the midst of all this bad news Beatty's creative best resurfaced in 1998 with his Bulworth (1998), an arch political satire about a liberal California senator forced to resort to the right-wing politics of the day to retain his seat. Disillusioned, Bullworth puts out a contract on his own life and while waiting to die decides to graphically show the ugliness that has become politics to the public, but his fatal plan is complicated when he falls for a beautiful young woman from South Central LA (Halle Berry). Bulworth (1998) was a reminder that Beatty was still capable of making movies that are remarkable, entertaining and successful.
In his prime Beatty was almost as famous for his love life as he was for his movie-making, having been connected with a galaxy of beautiful starlets, a "who's who" list reported to include Madonna, Cher, Natalie Wood, Lana Wood, Diane Keaton, Julie Christie, Leslie Caron, Goldie Hawn, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann, Carly Simon, Inger Stevens, Janice Dickinson, Joan Collins, Michelle Phillips, Kate Jackson, Britt Ekland, Jean Seberg, Mamie Van Doren, Carol Alt, Brigitte Bardot, Justine Bateman, and Elle Macpherson. Notorious for his alleged "love 'em and leave 'em" treatment of many of these women, an aging Beatty had the tables turned on him by the sultry diva, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, who unceremoniously dropped Beatty to pursue Axl Rose of rock band 'Guns N' Roses'. Soon after that, Beatty settled down with Bening. The couple has four children.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115
Beatty was born Henry Warren Beaty in Richmond, Virginia on March 30, 1937. His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (nee MacLean), was a Nova Scotia-born teacher, and his father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a PhD. of educational psychology, a public school administrator, and dealt in real estate. His sister is actress Shirley MacLaine.
Upon graduation from high school Beatty studied liberal arts at Northwestern University, but left after his freshman year to move to New York City, where he studied acting with Stella Adler. Beatty started his career making appearances on television shows such as Studio One (1957), Kraft Television Theatre (1957), and Playhouse 90 (1959), though he gained considerable attention for Tony-nominated performance in William Inge's A Loss of Roses on the Broadway stage.
Following his Broadway success, Beatty made his film debut as Bud Stamper in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961), opposite Natalie Wood. The film was a critical and box office success and Beatty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and received the award for New Star of the Year. Beatty's continued success landed him starring roles in six films over the next four years.
Then, in 1966, Beatty produced and acted in Bonnie and Clyde at age 29. He assembled writers Robert Benton and David Newman and director Arthur Penn, and took full responsibility for the production, including the cast, script and delivery of the film. It was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and received seven Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
After the success of Bonnie and Clyde, Beatty continued to star in, produce and occasionally direct some of the most important films in Hollywood. In 1974, Beatty produced, co-wrote and acted in Shampoo, directed by Hal Ashby, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay, as well as five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. In 1978, Beatty directed, produced, wrote and acted in Heaven Can Wait. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Screenplay. It also won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
In 1981, Beatty wrote, directed, produced and acted in Reds, an historical epic about the Communist journalist John Reed who observed the Russian October Revolution - a project Beatty had begun researching and filming for as far back as 1970. It was a critical and commercial success and received 12 Academy Award nominations, including four for Beatty for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Screenplay. Beatty won for Best Director. The film also received seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay. Beatty won the Golden Globe for Best Director.
In 1990, Beatty produced and directed Dick Tracy, and played the title role. The film was critically acclaimed and one of the highest grossers of the year. It received seven Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, including for Best Picture. In 1991, he produced and starred as the real-life gangster Bugsy Siegel in the critically and commercially acclaimed Bugsy, directed by Barry Levinson, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. The film also received eight Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor. 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 Screenplay. The film also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay.
In addition to his work in film, Beatty has also been active in the Democratic Party since the 1960s. In multiple forums he has addressed campaign finance reform, the increasing disparity of wealth, universal health care, gun control, and the need for the Democratic Party to return to its roots. He also played active roles in the political campaigns of such candidates as Robert F. Kennedy, George McGovern, Jerry Brown and Gary Hart.
Beatty married actress Annette Bening on March 12, 1992. They have four children.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael
|Annette Bening||(3 March 1992 - present) (4 children)|
Trade Mark (3)
Personal Quotes (17)
|Splendor in the Grass (1961)||$15,000|
|The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)||$30,000|
|All Fall Down (1962)||$60,000|
|All Fall Down (1962)||$200,000|
|Bonnie and Clyde (1967)||$200,000+ 40% gross|
|The Only Game in Town (1970)||$750,000|
|Dick Tracy (1990)||$9,000,000|
|Town & Country (2001)||$10,000,000|