Robert Benton

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Robert Benton
Born Robert Douglas Benton
(1932-09-29) September 29, 1932 (age 81)
Waxahachie, Texas, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1967–present

Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart (1984).

Benton also garnered three additional Oscar nominations: two for Best Original Screenplay for both Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Late Show (1977) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool (1994).

He has also directed Twilight (1998) and Feast of Love (2007) and co-wrote the screenplays for Superman (1978) and The Ice Harvest (2005). Benton usually collaborates with novelist/screenwriter Richard Russo.

Life and career[edit]

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee.[1] He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.[1] 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.

Benton's family originally came from Northumberland in the United Kingdom, where the Bentons held a seat long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.[citation needed] Many family members settled in America, including Abigail and Isabel Benton, who settled in Virginia in 1642; George Benton, who settled in Barbados in 1669; and Robert Benton, who settled in Virginia in 1635. Benton was once a noble family, but they were deprived of their title by the Normans after the Conquest. Robert Benton still has relatives living in England who trace their origins to the seventeenth century.

Filmography[edit]

Directing[edit]

Year Film
1972 Bad Company
1977 The Late Show
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer, based on the novel by Avery Corman
1982 Still of the Night
1984 Places in the Heart
1987 Nadine
1991 Billy Bathgate
1994 Nobody's Fool, based on the novel by Richard Russo
1998 Twilight
2003 The Human Stain
2007 Feast of Love, based on the novel by Charles Baxter

Writing[edit]

Year Film Director
1966 It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman Charles Strouse
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1972 What's Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich
Oh! Calcutta!, contribution Jacques Levy
Bad Company Benton
1977 The Late Show Benton
1978 Superman Richard Donner
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Benton
1982 Still of the Night Benton
1984 Places in the Heart Benton
1987 Nadine Benton
1994 Nobody's Fool Benton
1998 Twilight Benton
2005 Ice Harvest Harold Ramis

Film awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1968 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1968 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1977 - Golden Bear at Berlin for The Late Show
  • 1978 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for The Late Show
  • 1980 - Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1981 - César Award for Best Foreign Film for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1985 - Academy Award for Directing for Places in the Heart
  • 1980 - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Places in the Heart
  • 1985 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for Places in the Heart
  • 1995 - Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Robert Benton". Film Reference. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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