Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. He long had a reputation as a womanizer and playboy, but this reputation seems to have faded since his 1992 marriage. The Academy Awards honored him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000.
Beatty got his start in film under Elia Kazan's direction and opposite Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass (1961), though he had previous television experience in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959). At age 30 he achieved critical acclaim as producer and star of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Subsequent Beatty films include McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1979). His historical epic set at the start of World War I, Reds (1981), won Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role while losing Best Picture to Chariots of Fire. It was nominated for eight other Oscars and joined a handful of films to win Best Director but not Best Picture. Other critically acclaimed works include Bugsy (1991) and Bulworth (1998).
Beatty's career has been marked by a series of well-publicized romances, including Reds co-star Diane Keaton and pop-star Madonna. He settled down in his 50s, marrying Annette Bening, his co-star in the gangster film Bugsy, in 1992. They have four children together: Kathlyn (b. 1992), Benjamin (b. 1994), Isabel (b. 1997) and Ella Corinne (b. April 8, 2000).
Beatty is the younger brother of actress and writer Shirley MacLaine.