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Beatty in Shampoo (1975)
Henry Warren Beaty
March 30, 1937
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, screenwriter|
|Relatives||Shirley MacLaine (sister)|
Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director. He has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards. He won the Best Director Award. He has been nominated for 16 Golden Globe Awards and won six. Beatty was nominated for four Oscars for Heaven Can Wait. He won an Oscar for Reds.
Beatty was born in Richmond, Virginia. His mother was Canadian teacher Kathlyn Corinne and doctor Ira Owens. He was raised in Arlington, Virginia. His older sister is actress Shirley MacLaine. He studied at Northwestern University for a year from 1954 through 1955.
Beatty enlisted in the California Air National Guard on February 11, 1960 under his original name, Henry W. Beaty. On January 1, 1961, Beatty was discharged from the Air National Guard due to physical disability.
Beatty started his career making appearances on television shows such as Studio One (1957), Kraft Television Theatre (1957), and Playhouse 90 (1959). He was a semi-regular on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis during its first season (1959–60). Beatty made his movie debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961), opposite Natalie Wood.
In 1967, when he was 28, he produced and acted alongside Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman in Bonnie and Clyde. It was a critical and commercial success, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
After Bonnie and Clyde, Beatty acted with Elizabeth Taylor in The Only Game in Town (1970), directed by George Stevens; McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), directed by Robert Altman; Dollars (1971), directed by Richard Brooks; The Parallax View (1974), directed by Alan J. Pakula; and The Fortune (1975), directed by Mike Nichols.
Beatty produced, directed and played the title role as comic strip based detective Dick Tracy in the 1990 movie of the same name. The movie received critical acclaim and was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. It received seven Academy Award nominations, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Original Song. It also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture. In 1998, he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the political satire Bulworth, which was critically acclaimed and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Following the very bad box office performance of Town & Country (2001), in which Beatty starred, he did not appear in or direct another movie for 15 years.
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