- Category : Writers-Playwright-script
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (48,57)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
American screenwriter and film director.
Benton was the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book "The IN and OUT Book" with Harvey Schmidt, published by The Viking Press. He was the art director at Esquire magazine in the early 1960s. In 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust.
Films he directed include Bad Company (1972), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), Billy Bathgate (1991), Twilight (1998), The Human Stain (2003) and Feast of Love (2007).
He won the 1980 Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Kramer vs. Kramer and the 1980 Academy Award for Directing for the same film. He received the 1985 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart.