Robert Benton

Intro American screenwriter and film director
A.K.A. Robert Douglas Benton
Is Film director Screenwriter Writer
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1932, Waxahachie, USA
Star sign Libra

Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Academy Awards 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).

Life and career

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. 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 in the early 1960s. In 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust. He married artist Sallie Rendig in 1964.

Film awards

Wins

1978 – Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for The Late Show 1980 – Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Kramer vs. Kramer 1980 – Academy Award for Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer 1980 – Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer 1980 – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Kramer vs. Kramer 1984 – People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 1985 – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart 1985 – Silver Bear for Best Director at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival for Places in the Heart 2007 – Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement

Nominations

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 1985 – 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

Archival Sources

The Robert Benton Papers 1969-1994 (24 linear feet) are housed at the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University in San Marcos.

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