Date of Birth: March 30, 1937
Henry Warren Beaty (he added the second 't' later) got the acting bug early
as he started performing as a child along with his older sister, Shirley
Maclaine. His mother was a drama coach in Richmond, Virginia, and cast her
children in amateur productions. After studying at Northwestern University,
he eventually drifted back to his roots and began taking acting classes
with the legendary Stella Adler.
After scoring some work in TV series' -- The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and
Love of Life -- he made an impressive big screen debut with Natalie Wood
(who he also dated) in Splendor in the Grass. But it was not till Bonnie
and Clyde that Beatty hit his stride as the multi-talented actor, director
and producer we know today. Although he didn't direct that now classic
film, he did produce it and took a sizeable cut of the film's profits after
no one else was willing to bet that a story of a couple of depression-ear
bankrobbers would capture audiences the way it did.
Beatty went on to make an equally impressive directorial debut when he went
behind the camera (with co-director Buck Henry) for his remake of Here
Comes Mr. Jordan, Heaven Can Wait. As well known for his supposed priapic
powers as for his talent and good looks, Beatty finally settled down in
1992 when he married actress Annette Bening. The couple now have four children -- Kathlyn, Benjamin, Isabel and Ella Corinne.
But before marriage, the man known around Hollywood as something of a
Lothario said: "I've always been antagonized by the Freudian Victorian
assumption that a hyperactive life with women was necessarily a
manifestation of misogynistic feelings or latent homosexuality."
Content to be a family man, Beatty was recently offered the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill (2003) but turned it down because of the extreme violence in the film.
Town and Country (2000)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
The Fortune (1975)
The Parallax View (1974 )
Year of the Woman (1973)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
The Only Game in Town (1970)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967 )
Promise Her Anything (1966 )
All Fall Down (1962)
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)