(born March 30, 1937, Richmond, Virginia)
Henry Warren Beatty is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director, a talented and handsome leading man who has also produced, directed, and written screenplays. He is best known for his politically charged portrayals of somewhat outcast but charming heroes.
The younger brother of actress Shirley MacLaine, Beatty made a strong screen debut as a tortured teenager in love in Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961).
Taking command of his career, Beatty assigned himself the duties of star and producer for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978) for which was nominated for Academy Awards in four separate categories (best actor, picture [producer], writing, and direction), an unprecedented achievement in Hollywood history and an achievement he was to repeat with his next film, Reds (1981). Followed Bugsy (1991) and Love Affair (1994), both costarring Annette Bening, whom Beatty married in 1992 – an act that tempered somewhat Beatty’s long-standing playboy reputation. In 1998 he cowrote, directed, and starred in Bullworth.
Beatty has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, and has won the Best Director Award and its highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. He has been nominated for 16 Golden Globe Awards and won six, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been nominated for producer, director, writer and actor in the same film. Welles did it once (for Citizen Kane), and Beatty did it twice.
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