Robert Towne

Robert Towne

Highest Rated: 99% Chinatown (1974)

Lowest Rated: 35% Ask the Dust (2006)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1934

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Despite four Oscar-nominated screenplays, writer Robert Towne owed much of his reputation to his prowess as a pinch hitter, earning considerable respect as one of Hollywood's preeminent script doctors on a wide array of famous works like "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "The Godfather" (1972) and "Marathon Man" (1976). Emerging from the schlock of Roger Corman's B-grade sci-fi flicks, Towne reached the top of his game in the mid-1970s by writing three-straight films that were nominated for Academy Awards: "The Last Detail" (1973), "Chinatown" (1974) and "Shampoo" (1975). Towne also delved into directing with acclaimed films like "Personal Best" (1982) and "Without Limits" (1998), though most of his directing efforts failed to make much of a box office impression. For Towne, it was always his Oscar-winning script for "Chinatown" that earned him widespread recognition for being one of the finest scribes of his day, while giving him the distinction of having penned what many considered to be greatest screenplay in cinema history. In fact, Towne's masterwork was studied by would-be scribes hoping to unlock its secrets decades after its release, attesting to how much of a landmark film "Chinatown" really was.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
90% 65% Hal Self $32.7K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet T.O.R.R. Dawn of the Red Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2011
83% 90% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey Unknown (Character) - 2011
35% 41% Ask the Dust Director,
Writer
$742.6K 2006
57% 42% Mission: Impossible 2 Writer $215.4M 2000
79% 91% Without Limits Director,
Writer
$777.4K 1998
66% 71% Mission: Impossible Writer $180.9M 1996
75% 64% The Firm Screenwriter $157M 1993
65% 38% The Two Jakes Screenwriter $9.4M 1990
38% 60% Days of Thunder Screenwriter $80.6M 1990
52% 40% Tequila Sunrise Director,
Screenwriter
$39.7M 1988
70% 49% The Bedroom Window Producer $8.8M 1987
59% 37% The Pick-Up Artist Stan (Character) $11.6M 1987
73% 52% Personal Best Director,
Producer
- 1982
88% 68% Heaven Can Wait Writer - 1978
81% 81% Marathon Man Writer - 1976
62% 52% Shampoo Writer - 1975
59% 72% The Yakuza Screenwriter - 1975
99% 93% Chinatown Writer - 1974
89% 87% The Last Detail Screenwriter - 1973
62% 23% Drive, He Said Richard (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 46% Villa Rides Screenwriter - 1968
88% 88% Bonnie and Clyde Writer - 1967
No Score Yet 20% Creature From the Haunted Sea Sparks Moran/Agent XK150 (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 15% The Last Woman on Earth Martin Joyce (Character) - 1960

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Story of Film: An Odyssey Self 2011
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Writer 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Writer 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Writer 1963

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