Henry Warren Beatty (born Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter whose career spans over six decades. He has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, including four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay – winning Best Director for Reds (1981). Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds.
Eight of the films he has produced have earned 53 Academy nominations, and in 1999, he was awarded the Academy’s highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Beatty has been nominated for 18 Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007. Among his Golden Globe–nominated films are Splendor in the Grass (1961), his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracy (1990), Bugsy (1991), Bulworth (1998) and Rules Don’t Apply (2016), all of which he also produced.
Kaleidoscope – 1966 Barney, an American playboy card shark, is forced to capture a narcotics smuggler who has a weakness for gambling. Embroiled with deceit and treachery, will Barney be able to accomplish his task?
I think the very first Warren Beaty film l saw was the 1966 Crime film – Kaleidoscope, but the one that made the most impact on me with regards him as an actor was Bonnie and Clyde 1967 … l have been a fan of his for sometime since then and here are in my eyes, 10 of his best acting performances. Now tell me, how about you .. fan or not? If so, best films and if not — why not?
Bonnie and Clyde – 1967 Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film also features Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller – 1971 Charismatic gambler John McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives in a mining community and decides to open a brothel. The local residents are impressed by his confident demeanor and fast talk, but crafty prostitute Constance Miller (Julie Christie) sees through McCabe’s words and realizes he isn’t as sharp as he seems. For a share in his profits, Mrs. Miller agrees to help plan and run McCabe’s establishment, but soon a powerful company threatens to destroy what they have built up.
The Parallax View – 1974 After a presidential candidate is assassinated, political reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) begins to suspect that the mysterious Parallax Corporation may be involved. As he investigates, others who share his suspicions start turning up dead, including his editor, Bill Rintels (Hume Cronyn). Eventually, Frady uncovers a conspiracy bigger than anyone expected and must race to prevent the corporation’s next big hit as this political thriller plays out in an explosive game of cat and mouse.
Shampoo – 1975 Ill-famed playboy and hairdresser of Beverly Hills, George Roundy, experiences difficulties when his lustful habits contradict his responsible professional ambitions.
Heaven Can Wait – 1978 Determined to lead the Super Bowl, Joe a quarterback meets with an accident. Situations worsen, when his soul is mistakenly plucked from his body by an angel, who assumes Joe’s death is imminent.
Reds – 1981 John Reed, a journalist, travels to Russia and returns home with an ardour for communism. He meets Louise Bryant, an activist with similar ideas, and marries her.
Dick Tracy – 1990 Stylish film adaptation of the comic book has legendary police detective Dick Tracy take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters.
Bugsy – 1991 Bugsy Siegel, a notorious gangster, moves to Hollywood and gets involved with a movie star. While gambling in the Nevada desert, he gets the idea of developing a gambling haven in Las Vegas.
Bulworth – 1998 Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), a financially ruined senator, is now disillusioned with politics. The forlorn statesman orders a contract killing — the target himself — so his family will be able to collect a fortune from his insurance policy. Facing imminent death, a devil-may-care Bulworth speaks his mind in public, forsaking platitudes for honest but controversial observations. But when he falls in love with a hip young woman (Halle Berry), Bulworth urgently rethinks his impending murder.
10 of Warren Beaty‘s best films in my opinion. So, are you a fan, not a fan – like some or like all of his works – let me know below?