Warren Beatty Biography

Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director.

Beatty has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, and has won the Best Director Award and its highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. He has been nominated for 16 Golden Globe Awards and won six, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he received in 2007. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been nominated for producer, director, writer and actor in the same film. Welles did it once (for Citizen Kane), and Beatty did it twice (for Heaven Can Wait and Reds).

Beatty was born Henry Warren Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a Nova Scotia-born teacher, and his father, Ira Owens Beaty, had a Ph.D. in educational psychology, was a public school administrator, and dealt in real estate. Beatty's grandparents were also educators. The family was Baptist. In 1945, the family moved from Richmond to Arlington, Virginia. Beatty's elder sister is actress/dancer/writer Shirley MacLaine.

Beatty was a star football player at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. Encouraged to act by the success of his sister, who had recently established herself as a Hollywood star, he decided to work as a stagehand at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., during the summer prior to his senior year. Upon graduation from high school, he reportedly rejected ten football scholarships to study liberal arts at Northwestern University (1954–1955). While at Northwestern, he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity but left after his freshman year to move to New York City, where he studied acting with Stella Adler. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and received a 1960 Theatre World Award for his performance in William Inge's A Loss of Roses. This role marked his sole appearance on Broadway.