Warren Beatty

Henry Warren Beatty [ beɪti ] ( born March 30, 1937 in Richmond, Virginia, as Henry Warren Beaty ) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and political activist of the Democratic Party. He played his most famous role as a gangster Clyde Barrow in the classic film Bonnie and Clyde.


As children of a drama teacher, he often stood and his older sister Shirley MacLaine at a young age on stage. After high school and studying at the Northwestern University Beatty appeared in numerous theater productions. In the late 1950s he was discovered by the director and producer Joshua Logan, who provided him with engagements at New York's Broadway.

1959 Beatty was for one year in the popular TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis seen before two years later with his big screen debut in Elia Kazan's fever succeeded in the blood of breakthrough. During filming, he met Natalie Wood know who was married at the time still with Robert Wagner. With her he was the next eight years together.

After a further film appearances and a Golden Globe in 1962 as Best Young Actor, produced Beatty 1967, the gangster drama Bonnie and Clyde, in which he also took over the male lead role of Clyde Barrow. With a budget of only $ 2.5 million the film grossed approximately $ 70 million worldwide and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, of which it won two. The film established Beatty for the next decades as a leading Hollywood personalities. He worked as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter.

Despite the success of Bonnie and Clyde Beatty was only rarely seen in the following years as an actor. During the 1970s he worked in seven, in the 1980s, even in only two films. His projects included blockbusters like shampoo or his directorial debut, The Heaven Can Wait. In both films, he was also involved as a co- writer and producer. In 1971 he played with Gert Frobe in the film The million robbery.

In 1975 he met on the set of Fortune Hunter ( The Fortune ) Jack Nicholson, with whom he has since become a close friend. For the film Reds (writer, producing, directing, starring ), a biopic about the journalist John Reed, Beatty won in 1982 after ten nominations in five different categories his first Oscar for Best Director.

After Beatty Reds turned in the 1980s as an actor only the film Ishtar alongside Dustin Hoffman, who, however, received almost continuously negative reviews. It was not until the early 1990s, he was able to continue with the comic book adaptation Dick Tracy and the gangster film Bugsy on earlier successes.

1992 married the former womanizer his fellow actress Annette Bening, with whom he has four children. Previously, he was, inter alia, with Natalie Wood, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, Joan Collins, Isabelle Adjani and Madonna ( mostly former film partners ) romantically involved.

Last Beatty was to see in the comedies and Bulworth city, country kiss in cinema. At the Oscars 2000 he Jack Nicholson presented the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement, in 2007 received Beatty at the Golden Globe Awards honor the price.

Although Beatty has rotated only 23 films in 40 years, his successes and his all-round talent remain noteworthy. The four films made under his direction, received a total of 29 Academy Award nominations, seven Oscars and other awards. In addition, 24 more Oscar nominations and six awards for three films that he produced or for which he wrote the screenplay.

Warren Beatty is an active member of the Democratic Party in California and known for its left - progressive engagement. He once confessed that he had played in 2000 with the idea of ​​running for the office of U.S. president.


  • The Heaven Can Wait in 1979 was nominated for Oscars in almost all the major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction. But he only won the Oscar for Best Production Design.
  • The published in 1972 hit You're so vain ( something like: " You're so conceited " ) of Carly Simon refers, according to the U.S. singer, at least in part, to Warren Beatty, with whom she apparently before her marriage to James Taylor had a brief affair.


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