Warren Beatty

Henry Warren Beatty[a] ( Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay – winning Best Director for Reds (1981). Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds.[b]

Eight of the films he has produced have earned 53 Academy nominations, and in 1999, he was awarded the Academy's highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Beatty has been nominated for eighteen Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007. Among his Golden Globe-nominated films are Splendor in the Grass (1961), his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracy (1990), Bugsy (1991), Bulworth (1998) and Rules Don't Apply (2016), all of which he also produced.

Director and collaborator Arthur Penn described Beatty as "the perfect producer", adding, "He makes everyone demand the best of themselves. Warren stays with a picture through editing, mixing and scoring. He plain works harder than anyone else I have ever seen."[8]

Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
Beatty in 2001
Henry Warren Beaty

March 30, 1937 (age 82)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1956–present
Annette Bening (m. 1992)

Early life

Henry Warren Beaty was born March 30, 1937, in Richmond, Virginia. His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a teacher from Nova Scotia. His father, Ira Owens Beaty, had studied for a PhD in educational psychology and worked as a teacher and school administrator, in addition to dealing in real estate.[9] Beatty's grandparents were also teachers. The family was Baptist.[10][11] While Warren Beaty was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk and then to Arlington and Waverly, then back to Arlington, eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in 1945. During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.[12] Beatty's elder sister is the actress, dancer and writer Shirley MacLaine. His uncle, by marriage, was Canadian politician A. A. MacLeod.

Beatty became interested in movies before his teens, when he often accompanied his sister to theaters. One film that had an important early influence on him was The Philadelphia Story (1940), which he saw when it was re-released in the 1950s. He noticed a strong resemblance between its star, Katharine Hepburn, and his mother, in both appearance and personality, saying that they symbolized "perpetual integrity."[13] Another film that affected him was Love Affair (1939), which starred one of his favorite actors, Charles Boyer.[13] He found it "deeply moving," and recalls that "This is a movie I always wanted to make."[13] He did remake Love Affair in 1994, in which he starred alongside Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn.

Among his favorite TV shows in the 1950s was the Texaco Star Theatre, and he began to mimic one if its regular host comedians, Milton Berle. Beatty learned to do a "superb imitation of Berle and his routine," said a friend, and he often used Berle-type humor at home.[13] His sister Shirley MacLaine's lasting memories of her brother include seeing him reading books by Eugene O'Neill or singing along to Al Jolson records.[13] In Rules Don't Apply (2016), Beatty plays Howard Hughes, who is shown talking about and singing Jolson songs while flying his plane.[14]

MacLaine noted, on what made her brother want to become a filmmaker, sometimes writing, producing, directing and starring in his films: "That's why he's more comfortable behind the camera," she says. "He's in the total-control aspect. He has to have control over everything.[13] Beatty doesn't deny that need; in speaking about his earliest parts, he said "When I acted in films I used to come with suggestions about the script, the lighting, the wardrobe, and people used to say 'Waddya want, to produce the picture as well?' And I used to say that I supposed I did."[15]


Beatty was a star football player at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. Encouraged to act by the success of his sister, who had recently established herself as a Hollywood star, he decided to work as a stagehand at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. during the summer before his senior year. After graduation, he was reportedly offered ten football scholarships to college, but turned them down to study liberal arts at Northwestern University (1954–55), where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. After his first year, he left college to move to New York City, where he studied acting under Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.[16]

Military service

Fearing that his acting career would be interrupted by being drafted, Beatty used a well-thought-out scheme to resolve the issue of military service without ever serving on active duty. He enlisted in the California Air National Guard on February 11, 1960 under his original name Henry W. Beaty. On January 1, 1961, he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserve. This made him ineligible for the draft and any military service.


1950s and 1960s

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). His performance in William Inge's A Loss of Roses on Broadway garnered him a 1960 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and a 1960 Theatre World Award. It was his sole appearance on Broadway.[17]

He made his film debut 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 – Actor.[18] The film was also nominated for two Oscars, winning one.

Author Peter Biskind points out that Kazan "was the first in a string of major directors Beatty sought out, mentors or father figures from whom he wanted to learn."[19] Beatty, years later during a Kennedy Center tribute to Kazan, told the audience that Kazan "had given him the most important break in his career."[19]:23 Biskind adds that they "were wildly dissimilar—mentor vs. protege, director vs. actor, immigrant outsider vs. native son. Kazan was armed with the confidence born of age and success, while Beatty was virtually aflame with the arrogance of youth."[19] Kazan recalls his impressions of Beatty:

Warren—it was obvious the first time I saw him—wanted it all and wanted it his way. Why not? He had the energy, a very keen intelligence, and more chutzpah than any Jew I've ever known. Even more than me. Bright as they come, intrepid, and with that thing all women secretly respect: complete confidence in his sexual powers, confidence so great that he never had to advertise himself, even by hints.[20]

He followed his initial film with Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), with Vivien Leigh and Lotte Lenya, directed by Jose Quintero; All Fall Down (1962), with Angela Lansbury, Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint, directed by John Frankenheimer; Lilith (1963), with Jean Seberg and Peter Fonda, directed by Robert Rossen; Promise Her Anything (1964), with Leslie Caron, Bob Cummings and Keenan Wynn, directed by Arthur Hiller; Mickey One (1965), with Alexandra Stewart and Hurd Hatfield, directed by Arthur Penn; and Kaleidoscope (1966), with Susannah York and Clive Revill, directed by Jack Smight. In 1965, he formed a production company, Tatira, which he named it for Kathlyn (whose nickname was "Tat") and Ira.[21]

At age 29, Beatty produced and acted in Bonnie and Clyde, which would be released in 1967. He assembled a team that included the writers Robert Benton and David Newman, and the director, Arthur Penn. Beatty selected most of the cast, including Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Gene Wilder and Michael J. Pollard. Beatty also oversaw the script and spearheaded the delivery of the film.

Gene Hackman was chosen because Beatty had acted with him in Lilith in 1964 and felt he was a "great" actor.[22] Upon completion of the film, he credited Hackman with giving the "most authentic performance in the movie, so textured and so moving," recalls Dunaway.[22] He was impressed with Gene Wilder after seeing him in a play and didn't even need him to audition, in what became Wilder's screen debut. And Beatty had already known Pollard: "Michael J. Pollard was one of my oldest friends," Beatty said. "I'd known him forever; I met him the day I got my first television show. We did a play together on Broadway."[22]

Bonnie and Clyde went on to be a critical and commercial success, despite the early misgivings by studio head Jack Warner, who put up the production money. Before filming began, Warner had asked an associate, "What does Warren Beatty think he's doing? How did he ever get us into this thing? This gangster stuff went out with Cagney."[22] The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.[18]

1970s and 1980s

Warren Beatty - 1975
Beatty in Shampoo (1975)

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 Pakula; and The Fortune (1975), directed by Mike Nichols. Beatty produced, co-wrote and acted in Shampoo (1975), directed by Hal Ashby, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, as well as five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. In 1978, Beatty directed, produced, wrote and acted in Heaven Can Wait (1978) (sharing co-directing credit with Buck Henry). The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay. It also won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor.

Beatty's next film was Reds (1981), a historical epic about American 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, despite being an American film about an American Communist made and released at the height of the Cold War. It received 12 Academy Award nominations – including four for Beatty (for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Original Screenplay), winning three; Beatty won for Best Director, Maureen Stapleton won for Best Supporting Actress (playing anarchist Emma Goldman), and Vittorio Storaro won for Best Cinematography.[24] The film received seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay. Beatty won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director.

Following Reds, Beatty did not appear in a film for five years until 1987's Ishtar, written and directed by Elaine May.[25] Following severe criticism in press reviews by the new British studio chief David Puttnam just prior to its release, the film received mixed reviews and was unimpressive commercially.[26] Puttnam attacked several other over-budget U.S. films greenlit by his predecessor and was fired shortly thereafter.[27]

1990s and 2000s

Warren Beatty (1990)
Beatty at the 62nd Academy Awards (1990)

Under his second production company, Mulholland Productions,[28] Beatty next produced, directed and played the title role of comic strip-based detective Dick Tracy in the 1990 film of the same name. The film received positive reviews and was one of the highest-grossing films of the year.[29] It received seven Academy Award nominations, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Original Song.[30] It also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture.[31]

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; it later won two of the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.[32] The film also received eight Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor, winning for Best Motion Picture. Beatty's next film, Love Affair (1994), directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, received mixed reviews and was unimpressive commercially.[33]

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.[34] The film also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay.[35] Beatty has appeared briefly in numerous documentaries, including Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) and One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (2005).

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

In May 2005, Beatty sued Tribune Media, claiming he still maintained the rights to Dick Tracy.[36] On March 25, 2011, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson ruled in Beatty's favor.[37]


In 2010, Beatty directed and reprised his role as Dick Tracy in a 30-minute comedy film titled Dick Tracy Special, which premiered on TCM. The short metafiction film stars Dick Tracy and film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, the latter of whom discusses the history and creation of Tracy. Tracy talks about how he admired Ralph Byrd and Morgan Conway who portrayed him in several films, but says he didn't care much for Beatty's portrayal of him or his film.[39] At CinemaCon In April 2016, Beatty said he intends to make a Dick Tracy sequel.[40]

Rules Don't Apply (2016), is a fictionalized true-life romantic comedy about Howard Hughes, set in 1958 Hollywood and Las Vegas.[41] It stars Beatty, who wrote, co-produced and directed the film. It co-stars Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins, with supporting actors including Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Ed Harris and Martin Sheen. Some have said that Beatty's film is 40 years in the making.[42] In the mid-1970s, Beatty signed a contract with Warner Bros. to star in, produce, write, and possibly direct a film about Howard Hughes.[43] The project was put on hold when Beatty began Heaven Can Wait. Initially, Beatty planned to film the life story of John Reed and Hughes back-to-back, but as he was getting deeper into the project, he eventually focused primarily on the Reed film Reds. In June 2011, it was reported that Beatty would produce, write, direct and star in a film about Hughes, focusing on an affair he had with a younger woman in the final years of his life.[44] During this period, Beatty interviewed actors to star in his ensemble cast. He met with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Owen Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Shia LaBeouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and Felicity Jones.[45] It was released on November 23, 2016, and was Beatty's first film in 15 years.[46] [c] Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics" gave the film a 63% "Fresh" rating,[47] with one review calling it "hugely entertaining."[48] Another review said that "the wait was worth it."[49] The film was also a commercial disappointment.[50]

In 2017, Beatty reunited with his Bonnie and Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway at the 89th Academy Awards, in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. After being introduced by Jimmy Kimmel, they received a standing ovation as they walked out onto the stage to present the Best Picture Award. They had the wrong envelope, leading Dunaway to incorrectly announce La La Land as Best Picture, instead of the actual winner, Moonlight.[51][52] This became a social media sensation, trending all over the world.[53] In 2018, Beatty and Dunaway returned to present Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards, earning a standing ovation upon their entrance, making jokes about the previous year's flub. Without incident, Beatty announced The Shape of Water as the winner.[54]


Beatty has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Americans for Democratic Action,[55] the Brennan Legacy Award from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law,[56] the Phillip Burton Public Service Award from the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights,[57] and the Spirit of Hollywood Award from the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies. Beatty was a founding board member of the Center for National Policy, a founding member of the Progressive Majority, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served as the Campaign Chair for the Permanent Charities Committee, and has participated in the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. He served on the Board of Trustees at the Scripps Research Institute,[58] and the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation. He was named Honorary Chairman of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in 2004.[59]

The National Association of Theatre Owners awarded him with the Star of the Year Award in 1975, and in 1978 the Director of the Year Award and the Producer of the Year Award. He received the Alan J. Pakula Memorial Award from the National Board of Review in 1998.[60] He received the Akira Kurosawa Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the San Francisco International Film Festival.[61] He has received the Board of Governors Award from the American Society of Cinematographers,[62] the Distinguished Director Award from the Costume Designers Guild,[63] the Life Achievement Award from the Publicists Guild,[64] and the Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild.[65] In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.,[66] and the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America.[67] He was honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2008.[68] In March 2013, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.[69] In 2016, he was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image [70] and received the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[71]

Beatty has received a number of international awards: in 1992, he was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (France);[72] in 1998, he was nominated for a Golden Lion for Best Film (Bulworth), and received a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival;[73] in 2001, he received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Sebastián International Film Festival;[74] in 2002, he received the British Academy Fellowship from BAFTA;[75] and in 2011, he was awarded the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award.[76]

Personal life

Nancy Reagan with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton 1981
Beatty with Diane Keaton and First Lady Nancy Reagan, at a White House screening of Reds (1981)

In 1959, Beatty began dating actress Joan Collins. They were engaged in the early 1960s, but his infidelity led to their split.[77] Collins revealed in her 1978 autobiography that she became pregnant by Beatty but had an abortion.[78]

Beatty has been married to actress Annette Bening since 1992. They have four children: two daughters and two sons.

Prior to marrying Bening, Beatty was well known for his womanizing and high-profile romantic relationships that received generous media coverage.[79] Singer-songwriter Carly Simon also dated Beatty, and confirmed in November 2015 that she wrote a verse in her hit song "You're So Vain" about him.[80]

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. He traveled extensively and was instrumental in organizing fundraising.[81] Despite differences in politics, Beatty was also a friend of Republican Senator John McCain, with whom he agreed on the need for campaign finance reform. He was one of the pallbearers chosen by McCain himself at the senator's funeral in 2018.[82]


Year Title Role Episode
1957 Kraft Television Theater Roy Nicholas s10e40: "The Curly Headed Kid"
Original Air Date: 6/29/1957 (NBC)
Westinghouse Studio One 1st Card Player s10e1: "The Night America Trembled"
Original Air Date: 9/9/1957 (CBS)
Suspicion Boy s1e7: "Heartbeat"
Original Air Date: 11/11/1957 (NBC)
1959 Look Up and Live Boy Episode: "The Square"
Original Air Date: 1/25/1959 (CBS)
Episode: "The Family"
Original Air Date: 1959 (CBS)
Playhouse 90 s3e30: "Dark December"
Original Air Date: 4/30/1959 (CBS)
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Milton Armitage s1e2: "The Best Dressed Man"
Original Air Date: 10/16/1959 (CBS)
s1e6: "The Sweet Singer of Central High"
Original Air Date: 11/10/1959 (CBS)
s1e9: "Dobie Gillis, Boy Actor"
Original Air Date: 12/1/1959 (CBS)
1960 s1e15: "The Smoke-Filled Room"
Original Air Date: 1/12/1960 (CBS)
s1e16: "The Fist Fighter"
Original Air Date: 1/19/1960 (CBS)
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Harry Grayson s2e33: "The Visitor"
Original Air Date: 5/10/1960 (ABC)
2008 The Dick Tracy TV Special Dick Tracy TV Movie


Year Title Role Director Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass Bud Stamper Elia Kazan Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor (shared with Richard Beymer and Bobby Darin)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Paolo di Leo José Quintero
1962 All Fall Down Berry-Berry Willart John Frankenheimer
1964 Lilith Vincent Bruce Robert Rossen
1965 Mickey One Mickey One Arthur Penn
Promise Her Anything Harley Rummell Arthur Hiller
1966 Kaleidoscope Barney Lincoln Jack Smight
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Barrow Arthur Penn Also producer
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor (tied with Spencer Tracy for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
Laurel Award for Top Action-Drama Film
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film (2nd place)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
1970 The Only Game in Town Joe Grady George Stevens
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller John McCabe Robert Altman
Dollars Joe Collins Richard Brooks
1974 The Parallax View Joseph Frady Alan J. Pakula
1975 Shampoo George Roundy Hal Ashby Also writer and producer
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Robert Towne)
Nominated – Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay (shared with Robert Towne)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Fortune Nicky Wilson Mike Nichols
1978 Heaven Can Wait Joe Pendleton/Leo Farnsworth/Tom Jarrett Warren Beatty & Buck Henry Also producer, director, and writer
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Saturn Award for Best Writing (shared with Elaine May)
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Elaine May)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director (shared with Buck Henry)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Elaine May)
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film (shared with Buck Henry)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Direction (shared with Buck Henry)
1981 Reds John Reed Warren Beatty Also producer, director, and writer
Academy Award for Best Director
American Movie Award Special Marquee
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Producer
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film (runner-up)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay (2nd place, shared with Trevor Griffiths)
National Board of Review Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director (runner-up)
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Trevor Griffiths)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Trevor Griffiths)
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Trevor Griffiths)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
1987 Ishtar Lyle Rogers Elaine May Also producer
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Picture
1990 Dick Tracy Dick Tracy Warren Beatty Also director and producer
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Silver Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Director
1991 Bugsy Bugsy Siegel Barry Levinson Also producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture (shared with Mark Johnson and Barry Levinson)
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1994 Love Affair Mike Gambril Glenn Gordon Caron Also writer and producer
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
1998 Bulworth Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth Warren Beatty Also writer, director, and producer
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Jeremy Pikser)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Jeremy Pikser)
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Jeremy Pikser)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Jeremy Pikser)
Nominated – Venice Film Festival Award for Best Film
2001 Town & Country Porter Stoddard Peter Chelsom
2016 Rules Don't Apply Howard Hughes Warren Beatty Also writer, director, and producer

Unmade films

  • Untitled Dick Tracy Sequel – Warren Beatty is currently developing this project as of 2016. He has been talking about doing a sequel ever since the original was released in 1990.[83][84]
  • Ocean of Storms – Beatty was set to produce and star in this aging astronaut love story. Annette Bening was set to co-star. The script was written by Tony Bill & Ben Young Mason with revisions by Wesley Strick, Robert Towne, Lawrence Wright, Stephen Harrigan and Aaron Sorkin. Martin Scorsese was at one point attached to direct. The project was in development from 1989 until around 2000.[85]


  1. ^ Beatty changed the original spelling "Beaty" in 1957. Pronounced /ˈbeɪti/ BAY-tee.[1][2][3] Both Warren Beatty and his sister, Shirley MacLaine, have said they consider only this pronunciation correct, and Warren was fond of saying the name should rhyme with "weighty", not "Wheaties".[4][5] But the pronunciation /ˈbiːti/ BEE-tee is so common that it is also or exclusively recorded in some reliable reference works.[6][7]
  2. ^ Orson Welles was nominated for acting in, directing, and writing Citizen Kane. Though the film was also nominated for Best Picture and Welles was its producer, that award was not given to individual producers until 1951.
  3. ^ It began principal photography in February 2014 and wrapped in June of the same year.[42]

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  3. ^ "New Faces: The Rise of Geyger Krocp". Time.com. September 1, 1961. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Warren Beatty: A Private Man, by Suzanne Finstad
  5. ^ Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, by Peter Biskind, p.22
  6. ^ "The CMU Pronouncing Dictionary". Speech.cs.cmu.edu. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia". Encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Hunter, Allan. Faye Dunaway, St. Martin's Press N.Y. (1986) p. 41
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  13. ^ a b c d e f Finstad, Suzanne. Warren Beatty: A Private Man, Random House (2005) pp. 70-71 ISBN 1-4000-4606-8
  14. ^ Rules Don't Apply review, Film Freak Central, Nov. 24, 2016
  15. ^ a b Garrett, Gerald. Free Press-London and Detroit Free Press, Oct. 1, 1967, p. 27
  16. ^ "Warren Beatty: Rebel with a cause". The Guardian. January 23, 1999.
  17. ^ "Warren Bestty Broadway Credits". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
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  19. ^ a b c Biskind, Peter. Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, Simon & Schuster (2010) pp. 24–33
  20. ^ Kazan, Elia. Kazan on Directing, Vintage Books (Jan. 2010) p. 603
  21. ^ "Beatty's 'Tatira Productions' had Baltimore roots". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  22. ^ a b c d "Blasts From the Past", Los Angeles Times, August 24, 1967
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  24. ^ "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
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  33. ^ "Whose Labor of Love Is 'Love Affair'?". Los Angeles Times. October 10, 1994. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  34. ^ Frankel, Danielle (February 12, 1999). "Beatty Defending "Bulworth"". E! Online.
  35. ^ "Golden Globe Categories". Orlando Sentinel. December 18, 1998.
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Further reading

  • 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
  • Stephen J. Ross, "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics", Oxford Press, New York, 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-518172-2
  • Peter Swirski, "1990s That Dirty Word, Socialism: Warren Beatty's Bulworth." Ars Americana Ars Politica. Montreal, London: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7735-3766-8
  • David Thomson, "Warren Beatty: A Life and Story", Secker and Warburg, London, 1987. ISBN 0-436-52015-X
  • David Thomson, "Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes", Doubleday and Co., Inc., New York, 1987. ISBN 0-385-18707-6
  • Peter Biskind, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7432-4658-3
  • Peter Biskind, "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and-rock-'n'-roll Generation Saved Hollywood", Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York, 1998. ISBN 0-684-80996-6

External links

Bonnie and Clyde (film)

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Also featured were Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton. Robert Towne and Beatty provided uncredited contributions to the script; Beatty produced the film. The soundtrack was composed by Charles Strouse.

Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film, and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, since it broke many cinematic taboos and was popular with the younger generation. For some members of the counterculture, the film was considered to be a "rallying cry." Its success prompted other filmmakers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films. The film's ending became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history."The film received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.


Bugsy is a 1991 American biographical crime drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel and his relationship with Virginia Hill. It stars Warren Beatty as Siegel and Annette Bening as Hill, as well as Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, and Joe Mantegna. The screenplay was written by James Toback from research material by Dean Jennings' 1967 book We Only Kill Each Other.

The film received acclaim from critics, including Roger Ebert, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning two for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Costume Design.

A director's cut was released on DVD, containing an additional 13 minutes not seen in the theatrical version.


Bulworth is a 1998 American political satire comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, and Isaiah Washington. The film follows the title character, California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Beatty), as he runs for re-election while trying to avoid a hired assassin. The film received generally positive reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay but was a box office failure grossing $29.2 million on a $30 million budget.

Dick Tracy (1990 film)

Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action comedy film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, whose supporting roles include Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly, and Charlie Korsmo. Dick Tracy depicts the detective's love relationships with Breathless Mahoney and Tess Trueheart, as well as his conflicts with crime boss Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice. Tracy also begins his upbringing of "The Kid".

Development of the film started in the early 1980s with Tom Mankiewicz assigned to write the script. The screenplay would instead be crafted by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., both of Top Gun fame. The project also went through directors Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Walter Hill, and Richard Benjamin before the arrival of Beatty. Filming was mostly at Universal Studios. Danny Elfman was hired to compose the film score, and the music was featured on three separate soundtrack albums.

Dick Tracy premiered at the Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on June 14, 1990. The film was released nationwide one day later to mixed reviews, but was a success at the box office and at awards time. It picked up seven Academy Award nominations and won in three of the categories: Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction. A sequel was planned, but a controversy over the film rights ensued between Beatty and Tribune Media Services. The lawsuit was resolved in Beatty's favor in October 2013. However, no plans for a sequel or follow-up have been publicly disclosed. Beatty created The Dick Tracy TV Special in 2008, which featured him reprising the character to be interviewed by film critic Leonard Maltin.

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Heaven Can Wait (1978 film)

Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American fantasy-comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry which opens with the central story line of Joe Pendleton (played by Beatty) being mistakenly taken to heaven by his guardian angel, and the resulting complications of how this mistake can be un-done (given that Joe Pendleton's body is no longer available) providing the basis of the film's plot. It was the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's play of the same name, being preceded by Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards. The cast reunites Beatty with Julie Christie and Jack Warden, who also starred together in Shampoo (1975). Beatty and Christie had earlier occupied the lead roles in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971).

In 2001, a third film adaptation of the play was done, titled Down to Earth, sharing its name with the sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

Ishtar (film)

Ishtar is a 1987 American action-adventure-comedy film written and directed by Elaine May and produced by Warren Beatty, who co-starred opposite Dustin Hoffman. The story revolves around a duo of incredibly untalented American songwriters who travel to a booking in Morocco and stumble into a four-party Cold War standoff.

Shot on location in Morocco and New York City by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, the production drew media attention before its release for substantial cost overruns on top of a lavish budget, and reports of clashes between May, Beatty, and Storaro. A change in studio management at Columbia Pictures during post-production also led to professional and personal difficulties that undermined the film's release.

The film polarized critics and became a notorious failure at the box office. Many have considered it to be one of the worst films ever made, although critical support for the film has grown strongly since its release. It was originally released on DVD only in Europe. A director's cut, running two minutes shorter, was released on Region 1 Blu-ray on August 6, 2013.

Kaleidoscope (1966 film)

Kaleidoscope is a 1966 British crime film starring Warren Beatty and Susannah York.The film had its World Premiere on 8 September 1966 at the Warner Theatre in the West End of London.

Lilith (film)

Lilith is a 1964 American drama film written and directed by Robert Rossen. It is based on a novel by J. R. Salamanca and stars Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter and Gene Hackman.

List of presenters of the Academy Award for Best Picture

Each year, the Academy Award for Best Picture is presented by one or more artists on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Best Picture is traditionally the final award presented during the annual ceremonies, as this award represents a culmination of all factors of the filmmaking process. Jack Nicholson has presented the award more times than any other individual, at eight times, followed by Audrey Hepburn and Warren Beatty, who have presented the award four times each.

Love Affair (1994 film)

Love Affair is a 1994 American romantic drama film and a remake of the 1939 film of the same name. It was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and produced by Warren Beatty from a screenplay by Robert Towne and Beatty, based on the 1939 screenplay by Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the story by Mildred Cram and Leo McCarey. The music score was by Ennio Morricone and the cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.The film stars Beatty, Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn in her final film role, with Garry Shandling, Chloe Webb, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Capshaw, Paul Mazursky and Brenda Vaccaro.

Mickey One

Mickey One is a 1965 American crime drama film starring Warren Beatty and directed by Arthur Penn from a script by Alan Surgal. Its kaleidoscopic camerawork, film noir atmosphere, lighting and design aspects, Kafkaesque paranoia, philosophical themes and Warren Beatty's performance in the title role turned the film into a cult classic. Penn and Surgal ignored the usual conventions of narrative for a freewheeling approach to their dramatic devices and Chicago locations.

The film's soundtrack, reverberating with hints of everything from Béla Bartók to bossa nova, reteamed Stan Getz with arranger Eddie Sauter, following their classic album Focus.

Peter Biskind

Peter Biskind is an American cultural critic, film historian, journalist, and former executive editor of Premiere magazine from 1986 to 1996. He wrote several books depicting life in Hollywood, including Seeing Is Believing, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Down and Dirty Pictures, and Gods and Monsters, some of which were bestsellers.[citation needed] In 2010 he published a biography of director and actor Warren Beatty, entitled Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America.

Biskind is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His work has appeared in a number of publications that include Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Paris Match, The Nation, The New York Times, The Times (London), and the Los Angeles Times, as well as in film journals such as Sight and Sound and Film Quarterly.He served as the editor-in-chief of American Film from 1981 to 1986.Biskind's books have been translated into more than thirty different languages.

Reds (film)

Reds is a 1981 American epic historical drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty. The picture centers on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution in his book Ten Days That Shook the World. Beatty stars in the lead role alongside Diane Keaton as Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O'Neill.

The supporting cast includes Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Gene Hackman, Ramon Bieri, Nicolas Coster, and M. Emmet Walsh. The film also features, as "witnesses," interviews with the 98-year-old radical educator and peace activist Scott Nearing, author Dorothy Frooks, reporter and author George Seldes, civil liberties advocate Roger Baldwin, and the American writer Henry Miller, among others.

Beatty was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Chariots of Fire. Beatty, Keaton, Nicholson, and Stapleton were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Stapleton was the only one of the four to win. Beatty became the third person to be nominated for Academy Awards in the categories Best Actor, Director, and, with co-writer Trevor Griffiths, Original Screenplay—losing again to Chariots of Fire—for a film nominated for Best Picture.In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed "AFI's 10 Top 10"–the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres–after polling over 1,500 people from the film community. Reds came in ninth in the epic genre.

Rules Don't Apply

Rules Don't Apply is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Warren Beatty. The ensemble cast features Beatty, in his first screen acting role in 15 years, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. Set in 1958 Hollywood, the film follows the romantic relationship between a young actress and her driver, which is forbidden by their employer, Howard Hughes.The film had its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI Fest on November 10, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 23, 2016, by 20th Century Fox. It received mixed reviews and was a box office bomb, grossing just $3.9 million against its $25 million budget. For her role, Collins was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

Shampoo (film)

Shampoo is a 1975 American satirical comedy-drama film written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, and directed by Hal Ashby. It stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Tony Bill, and Carrie Fisher in her film debut.

The film is set on Election Day 1968, the day Richard Nixon was first elected as President of the United States, and was released soon after the Watergate scandal had reached its conclusion. The political atmosphere provides a source of dramatic irony, since the audience, but not the characters, are aware of the direction the Nixon presidency would eventually take. However, the main theme of the film is not presidential politics, but sexual politics; it is renowned for its sharp satire of late-1960s sexual and social mores.

The lead character, George Roundy, is reportedly based on several actual hairdressers, including Jay Sebring, Jack Sahakian, and film producer Jon Peters, who is a former hairdresser. Sebring was murdered by Charles "Tex" Watson in 1969. According to the 2010 book Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America by Peter Biskind, the screenwriter Towne based the character on Beverly Hills hairdresser Gene Shacove.

The Fortune

The Fortune is a 1975 American comedy film starring Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, and directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Adrien Joyce focuses on two bumbling con men who plot to steal the fortune of a wealthy young heiress, played by Stockard Channing in her first film starring role.

Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born 24 June 1940) is an Italian cinematographer widely recognized for his work on numerous classic films including The Conformist, Apocalypse Now, and The Last Emperor. In the course of over fifty years, he has collaborated with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, and Woody Allen. He has received three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, a BAFTA Film Award for Best Cinematography, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Goya Award, and a David di Donatello Silver Ribbon Award, in addition to numerous lifetime achievement honours from various film organizations.

Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay is one of the three film writing awards given by the Writers Guild of America.

Films directed by Warren Beatty
Awards for Warren Beatty

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