WARREN BEATTY BIOGRAPHY/FILM CREDITS
A star since his first film, "Splendor in the Grass," in 1961, Warren Beatty has demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation.
Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work. At least 15 of his films are often referred to as classics: "Bonnie and Clyde," "Shampoo," "Reds," "Heaven Can Wait," "Dick Tracy," "Bugsy," "Bulworth," "Splendor in the Grass," "All Fall Down," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," "Mickey One," "The Only Game in Town," "Lilith" and "The Parallax View."
Beatty and Orson Welles are the only two people ever to be nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an actor, a director, a writer and a producer for the same film. Beatty did it twice, for "Heaven Can Wait" and again for "Reds."
Beatty is no stranger to awards season having been nominated 15 times by the Academy in these categories and eight pictures he has produced have earned 53 nominations. In 1981, he won the Academy Award for Directing and in 1999 was given the Academy's highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award.
The Directors Guild of America has bestowed on him the best director award and nominated him twice. The Writers Guild of America nominated him four times and he has won three.
He has won sixteen awards from the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the Golden Globes.
Beatty is also recognized for his great work in other countries as well. In France he was made a Commander of Arts and Letters in 1990. In Great Britain he has received The British Academy's highest honor - a Fellowship in 2000. In Italy he received the David di Donatello award in 1968 and again in 1981 and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. In Spain he was awarded the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award.
The National Association of Theater Owners has honored him as Director of the Year, as Producer of the Year and as Actor of the Year. He has received The Milestone Award from the Producers Guild and has received the Board of Governors Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. Beatty was given the Directors Award from the Costume Designers Guild and the Life Achievement Award from the Publicists Guild. He has also received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and has been honored at numerous film festivals throughout the world. In December 2004, he received The Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C.
Politically active since the 1960's, he campaigned with Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign. That same year he traveled throughout the United States speaking in favor of gun control and against the war in Vietnam. In 1972 he took a year off from motion pictures to campaign with George McGovern. He has campaigned for every Democratic presidential candidate since 1968.
In 1981 he was a founding board member of the Center for National Policy with Ted Van Dyk, Edmund Muskie, Cyrus Vance, Leon Panetta, Robert Rudin and Madeline Albright. He has participated in the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, is a founding member of The Progressive Majority and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is on the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.
He has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Americans for Democratic Action, the Brennan Legacy Award from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law and the Philip Burton Public Service Award from The Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
With his wife, Annette Bening, he received the Caritas Award from the Saint John's Health Center and the Stem Cell Champions Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In multiple forums he has addressed campaign finance reform, the increasing disparity of wealth, universal health care and the need for the Democratic Party to return to its roots.
He was born in Richmond, Virginia, and he and Annette live in Los Angeles with their four children Kathlyn 16, Ben 13, Isabel 11 and Ella 7.