- Category : Actor
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (16,20,44)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 1
- Birth Year: 1937
- Birthday: 30. March
- Birthplace: Richmond Beach, USA - Virginia
- Category: Actor
- Profile: 1-3
- Type: Emotional Manifesting Generator
- Inc.Cross: Tension 1
- Definition: Double Split - Small (16,20,44)
- Variables: BRR-MRR
- 4764 Abstraction
- 2145 The Money Line
- 1222 Openness
- 2750 Preservation
- 1156 Curiosity
- 2461 Awareness
Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. The Academy Awards honored him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000, presented by his close friend Jack Nicholson, while in 2004 he received a Kennedy Center Honor. In 2007, he was honored with the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globe Awards Ceremony.
Beatty was born in Richmond, Virginia's Bellevue neighborhood. His father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator and real estate agent, and his mother, Kathlyn Corinne MacLean, was a Nova Scotia-born drama teacher; his grandparents were also teachers. The family was devoutly Baptist. His father moved the family from Richmond to Norfolk, Virginia and then Arlington, Virginia where he became a middle school principal. Beatty's elder sister of three years is the actress and writer Shirley MacLaine.
Beatty was a star football player at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. He studied acting at Northwestern University but dropped out after his freshman year. While at Northwestern University, he appeared in the annual Dolphin show. Encouraged toward acting by his older sister, who had recently established herself as a Hollywood star, he decided to work as a stagehand at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., during the summer prior to his senior year. This enabled him to establish contact with a few famous actors. Upon graduation from high school, he turned down 10 football scholarships to enroll in drama school.
Beatty got his start in film under Elia Kazan's direction and opposite Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass (1961), though he had previous television experience in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959). At age 30 he achieved critical acclaim and power as a producer and star of Bonnie and Clyde (1967) which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Because of his work on Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Beatty is generally regarded as the precursor of the New Hollywood generation, which included such filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.
Afraid of being typecast as a milquetoast leading man, and still smarting over the What's New, Pussycat? debacle, where he was outmaneuvered by Woody Allen and eventually forced to leave the production, Beatty produced Bonnie and Clyde out of desperation, and as a means of controlling the projects he was involved with. He hired the untested writers Robert Benton and David Newman, as well as director Arthur Penn, and controlled every facet of production, including cast, script and final cut of the film, as he would throughout the rest of his career, be it as producer/director or only as producer. (It should be noted that, in Bugsy it was Beatty the producer who had final cut on the film, not Barry Levinson, the director.)
Bonnie and Clyde became a blockbuster and cultural touchstone for the youth culture of the era. The film, along with Easy Rider, marked the beginning of the so-called New Hollywood era, where studios gave unprecedented freedom to filmmakers to pursue their own idiosyncratic vision. It is generally agreed that, were it not for Beatty and his own vision expressed in Bonnie and Clyde, which combined humor, violence, and startling realism, studios would never have allowed the New Hollywood filmmakers to make the films for which they are famous, and the stagnation of the film industry during the 1960s would have continued through the 1970s.
Subsequent Beatty films include McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1978). The last film gave him box-office power he hadn't had since Bonnie and Clyde. He used this to make Reds (1981), an historical epic about famed Communist journalist John Reed in the Russian October Revolution. It won Academy Awards for Best Director (Beatty), Best Cinematography, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Maureen Stapleton), while losing Best Picture to Chariots of Fire. Beatty is the only person other than Orson Welles to receive Oscar nominations in the same year for acting, directing, writing, and producing, and he did this twice, in 1978 and 1981. Beatty turned down roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby and The Godfather.
Beatty was a good friend and neighbor of both Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando until his death on July 1st, 2004 on Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills. Dustin Hoffman and Garry Shandling are also very good friends of Beatty's.
Beatty is well-known for his involvement with numerous women, among them Madonna, Isabelle Adjani, Candice Bergen, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Joan Collins (to whom Beatty was once engaged), Catherine Deneuve, Janice Dickinson, Faye Dunaway, Britt Ekland, Jane Fonda, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Margaux Hemingway, Barbara Hershey, Bianca Jagger, Diane Keaton, Ann-Margret, Linda McCartney, Elle Macpherson, Joni Mitchell, Michelle Phillips, Gilda Radner, Diana Ross, Jessica Savitch, Diane Sawyer, Stephanie Seymour, Carly Simon (whose song "You're So Vain" is thought by many to be representing him, although Simon has never confirmed or denied this), Inger Stevens, Barbra Streisand, Liv Ullmann, Natalie Wood, and Susannah York.
Beatty as Dick Tracy, 1990In 1992 he married Annette Bening, his co-star in the gangster film Bugsy. They have four children: Kathlyn (b. 1992), Benjamin (b. 1994), Isabel (b. 1996) and Ella Corinne (b. 2000).
In May 2005, Beatty sued Tribune Co. for $30 million in damages, claiming he still maintains the rights to Dick Tracy (1990). Beatty received the rights in 1985 and is now claiming that 17 years later Tribune moved to reclaim them in violation of various notification procedures. Dick Tracy grossed over $100 million upon its release in 1990, making it the highest grossing film of Beatty's career. There are also rumors that he plans to make a sequel.
In 2006, Beatty was named Honorary Chairman of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, succeeding Marlon Brando. In 2007, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded Beatty the Cecil B. DeMille award, presented at the Golden Globe ceremony by Tom Hanks.
The political views mentioned by Senator Bulworth (played by Beatty) in Bulworth very closely mirror Beatty's own views in real-life. A longtime activist in various liberal political causes, Beatty has, at various times, been extremely active in the presidential politics of the Democratic Party. In 1968, he hit the campaign trail for the first time, supporting Senator Robert F. Kennedy's bid for his party's presidential nomination. His involvement in the senator's campaign, which included stump speaking and fundraising, was cut short when Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan on the same night that he won a crucial primary in California.
Four years later, Beatty joined the campaign of Senator George McGovern as an advisor. As part of the so-called "Malibu Mafia," a group of Hollywood celebrities who were part of the candidate's "inner circle," Beatty gave McGovern's campaign manager Gary Hart advice about the handling of public relations and was instrumental in organizing a series of rock concerts which raised over $1 million for the senator's campaign.
In 1984, and again in 1988, Beatty was to play a similar role in Hart's own presidential campaigns. Hart, who had, by that time, become a senator himself, had become friends with Beatty during the 1972 campaign and the relationship had grown closer during the intervening decade. After Hart's second campaign imploded over allegations that he had committed adultery with a former beauty queen named Donna Rice, a mutual friend of the two explained why they were so close: "Gary always wanted to have Warren's life and Warren always wanted to have Gary's. It was a match made in heaven".
Beatty himself was to become presidential timber during the summer of 1999 . After it became clear that the only two contenders for the Democratic Party's nomination were to be Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Beatty made it generally known that he was dissatisfied with the two choices and began to drop hints that he might be willing to seek the nomination himself. After meeting with several powerful liberal activists and influential Democratic operatives, including pollster Pat Caddell, who had worked previously for Hart, McGovern, and President Jimmy Carter, and adman Bill Hillsman, who had worked on the campaigns of Senator Paul Wellstone and Governor Jesse Ventura, Beatty announced in September of 1999 that he would not seek the nomination. However, he continued to be courted by members of a different political party, the Reform Party, who were looking for an alternative to Pat Buchanan, a conservative who had switched parties after losing the Republican Party's presidential nomination for the third time in a row. Despite frequent entreaties by Governor Ventura, real-estate magnate Donald Trump, and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, Beatty refused to enter the race and Buchanan eventually won the Reform Party's nomination.
Despite his decision not to seek the presidency in 2000, Beatty intimated that he might still run at a later time, telling reporters that he would do so if he thought he "could make an impact on the debate". As California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity with California voters dropped, Beatty campaigned against the special election in November 2005. He was the keynote speaker at the California Nurses Association's 2005 convention, and recorded radio ads urging voters to reject Schwarzenegger's ballot proposals. The propositions were defeated at the ballot box, increasing speculation that Beatty may run against Schwarzenegger in the 2006 election. But, in early 2006, Beatty announced he would not seek the democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Beatty's anticipated run for president in 2000 was lampooned by Gary Trudeau in his strip Doonesbury. In it, the character B. D. (Doonesbury) is shocked when his wife Boopsie gets a campaign contribution envelope...the joke being that Beatty could generate millions of dollars by having each of his former conquests send in a dollar to his campaign fund. When the crestfallen B.D. asks her why she dated him, she answered, "Well, it was the '70s. It was kind of like cocaine...you'd meet a girl in the bathroom who'd say, 'So, have you tried Warren Beatty?'
Filmography of actor Warren Beatty:
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
All Fall Down (1962)
Mickey One (1965)
Promise Her Anything (1965)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (also producer)
The Only Game in Town (1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) (also writer)
Year of the Woman (1973) (documentary)
The Parallax View (1974)
Shampoo (1975) (also producer and co-writer with Robert Towne)
The Fortune (1975)
Heaven Can Wait (1978) (also director, producer, and writer)
Reds (1981) (also director, producer, and writer)
George Stevens: A Filmmakers Journey (1984) (documentary)
Ishtar (1987) (also producer)
Dick Tracy (1990) (also producer and director)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) (documentary)
Bugsy (1991) (also producer)
Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro (1992) (documentary)
Love Affair (1994) (also writer)
Bulworth (1998) (also producer, director and writer)
The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) (cameo)
Town & Country (2001)
Dean Tavoularis: The Magician of Hollywood (2003) (documentary)
One Bright Shining Moment (2005) (documentary)