Robert Benton Biography (1932-)

Full name, Robert Douglass Benton; born September 29, 1932, in Waxahachie (some sources say Dallas), TX; son of Ellery Douglass (a telephone company employee) and Dorothy (maiden name, Spaulding) Benton; married Sally Rendigs (a painter and illustrator), October 20, 1964; children: John. Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Screenwriter, director, producer, actor
Birth Details
September 29, 1932
Waxahachie, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Bad Company, Paramount, 1972
  • The Late Show, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Kramer vs. Kramer, Columbia, 1979
  • Still of the Night, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Places in the Heart, TriStar, 1984
  • Nadine, TriStar, 1987
  • Billy Bathgate, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Nobody's Fool, Paramount, 1994
  • Twilight, Paramount, 1998
  • The Human Stain, Miramax, 2003
  • Film Executive Producer
  • The House on Carroll Street, 1988
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Himself, A Great Day in Harlem (documentary), CastleHill, 1994
  • Himself, Finding the Truth: The Making of "Kramer vs. Kramer," 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Himself, Homeward Bound (documentary), AMC, 1994
  • Himself, Magic Time for Piotr, 1998
  • Paul Newman, Bravo, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "Bonnie and Clyde," Backstory, 1999
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With David Newman) Bonnie and Clyde, Warner Bros., 1967
  • (With Newman) There Was a Crooked Man, Warner Bros., 1970
  • (With Newman) Bad Company, Paramount, 1972
  • (With Newman and Buck Henry) What's Up, Doc?, Warner Bros., 1972
  • (With others), Oh! Calcutta!, 1972
  • The Late Show, Warner Bros., 1977
  • (With Newman, Mario Puzo, and Leslie Newman) Superman (also knownas Superman: The Movie), Warner Bros., 1978
  • (With David Newman) Kramer vs. Kramer, Columbia, 1979
  • (With Newman) Still of the Night, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • (With Newman) Places in the Heart, TriStar, 1984
  • Nadine, TriStar, 1987
  • Nobody's Fool (adapted from Richard Russo's novel of the same title), Paramount, 1994
  • Twilight, Paramount, 1998
  • Double Jeopardy, Paramount, 1999
  • Also wrote Money's Tight.
  • Plays
  • (With others) It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman (libretto), 1966
  • Contributor of a sketch, Oh! Calcutta!, produced at Eden Theatre,New York City, 1969-1976, then Edison Theatre, New York City, 1976-1989
  • Other
  • (With Harvey Schmidt) The In and Out Book, Viking (New York), 1959
  • Little Brother, No More, Knopf (New York), 1960
  • (With Schmidt) The Worry Book, Viking, 1962
  • (With David Newman) Extremism: A Non-Book, Viking, 1964
  • Don't Ever Wish for a Seven-Foot Bear, Knopf, 1972
  • Author of "Man Talk," a column in Mademoiselle. Contributor to magazines, including Esquire.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Premiere, October, 1994, p. 74
    • Texas Monthly, March, 1998, p. 32

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