Warren Beatty

Highest Rated: 100% Lilith (1964)
Lowest Rated: 13% Town & Country (2000)
Birthday: Mar 30, 1937
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA
It might have been easy to write off American actor Warren Beatty as merely the younger brother of film star Shirley MacLaine, were it not for the fact that Beatty was a profoundly gifted performer whose creative range extended beyond mere acting. After studying at Northwestern University and with acting coach Stella Adler, Beatty was being groomed for stardom almost before he was of voting age, cast in prominent supporting roles in TV dramas and attaining the recurring part of the insufferable Milton Armitage on the TV sitcom Dobie Gillis. Beatty left Dobie after a handful of episodes, writing off his part as "ridiculous," and headed for the stage, where he appeared in a stock production of Compulsion and in William Inge's Broadway play A Loss of Roses.The actor's auspicious film debut occurred in Splendor in the Grass (1961), after which he spent a number of years being written off by the more narrow-minded movie critics as a would-be Brando. Both Beatty and his fans knew that there was more to his skill than that, and in 1965 Beatty sank a lot of his energy and money into a quirky, impressionistic crime drama, Mickey One (1965). The film was a critical success but failed to secure top bookings, though its teaming of Beatty with director Arthur Penn proved crucial to the shape of movie-making in the 1960s. With Penn again in the director's chair, Beatty took on his first film as producer/star, Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Once more, critics were hostile -- at first. A liberal amount of praise from fellow filmmakers and the word-of-mouth buzz from film fans turned Bonnie and Clyde into the most significant film of 1967 -- and compelled many critics to reverse their initial opinions and issue apologies. This isn't the place to analyze the value and influence Bonnie and Clyde had; suffice it to say that this one film propelled Warren Beatty from a handsome, talented film star into a powerful filmmaker.Picking and choosing his next projects very carefully, Beatty was offscreen as much as on from 1970 through 1975, though several of his projects -- most prominently McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) and The Parallax View (1974) -- would be greeted with effusive praise by film critics and historians. In 1975, Beatty wrote his first screenplay, and the result was Shampoo (1975), a trenchant satire on the misguided mores of the late '60s. Beatty turned director for 1978's Heaven Can Wait, a delightful remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan that was successful enough to encourage future Hollywood bankrolling of Beatty's directorial efforts. In 1981, Beatty produced, directed, co-scripted and acted in Reds, a spectacular recounting of the Russian Revolution as seen through the eyes of American Communist John Reed. It was a pet project of Beatty's, one he'd been trying to finance since the 1970s (at that time, he'd intended to have Sergei Bondarchuk of War and Peace fame as director). Reds failed to win a Best Picture Academy Award, though Beatty did pick up an Oscar as Best Director. Nothing Beatty has done since Reds has been without interest; refusing to turn out mere vehicles, he has taken on a benighted attempt to re-spark the spirit of the old Hope-Crosby road movies (Ishtar [1984]); brought a popular comic strip to the screen, complete with primary colors and artistic hyperbole (Dick Tracy [1991]); and managed to make the ruthless gangster Bugsy Siegel a sympathetic visionary (Bugsy [1992]). In 1998 he was able to breath new life into political satire with Bulworth, his much acclaimed film in which he plays a disillusioned politician who turns to rap to express himself. In 2001, Beatty rekindled memories of Ishtar as he starred in another phenomenal bust, Town & Country. Budgeted at an astronomical 90 million dollars and earning a miserable 6.7 million dollars during it's brief theatrical run, Town & Country was released three years after completion and pulled from theaters after a mere four weeks, moving critics to rank it among the biggest fl

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Becoming Iconic Actor 2018
55% Rules Don't Apply Howard Hughes Director Screenwriter Producer $3.7M 2016
97% Paul Williams Still Alive Actor $38.1K 2012
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Actor 2008
82% One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern Actor 2005
No Score Yet Citizen Stan Actor 2004
13% Town & Country Porter Stoddard $6.3M 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
76% Bulworth Producer Screenwriter Sen. Jay Bulworth Director 1998
30% Love Affair Screenwriter Producer Mike Gambril 1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age Actor 1994
No Score Yet Stella Adler: Awake and Dream! Actor 1992
85% Bugsy Producer Ben Siegel 1991
85% Madonna: Truth or Dare Himself 1991
63% Dick Tracy Dick Tracy Screenwriter Director Producer 1990
No Score Yet Spy Actor 1989
57% The Pick-Up Artist Producer Executive Producer 1987
38% Ishtar Lyle Rogers Producer 1987
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
No Score Yet Dealers in Death: Murder and Mayhem in America Actor 1984
92% Reds John Reed 1981
89% Heaven Can Wait Director Joe Pendleton Screenwriter Producer 1978
20% The Fortune Nicky 1975
59% Shampoo George Producer Screenwriter 1975
93% The Parallax View Joseph Frady 1974
No Score Yet Year of the Woman Actor 1973
86% $ (Dollars) (The Heist) Joe Collins 1971
88% McCabe & Mrs. Miller John McCabe 1971
No Score Yet The Only Game In Town Joe Grady 1970
88% Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Barrow Producer 1967
No Score Yet Kaleidoscope Barney Lincoln 1966
67% Mickey One Mickey One 1965
100% Lilith Vincent Bruce 1964
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything Harley Rummel 1964
No Score Yet All Fall Down Berry-Berry Willart 1962
81% Splendor in the Grass Bud Stamper 1961
No Score Yet The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Paolo di Leo 1961

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Himself
  • 1998
  • 1997

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