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Robert Benton

Robert Benton

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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 29, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waxahachie, Texas, USA Profession: Writer ...
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1953:
Served in the U.S. Army; painted dioramas at Fort Bliss; discharged with the rank of corporal
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Roomed with college chum Harvey Schmidt, with whom Benton wrote two books
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Freelance writer and artistic associate with <i>Esquire</i>
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Served as graphics editor with <i>Esquire</i>
1960:
Became art director of <i>Esquire</i>
1961:
First worked with future collaborator David Newman at <i>Esquire</i>; reportedly Benton and Newman developed the magazine's annual college issue and its Dubios Achievement Awards
1964:
Short film co-directing and co-producing debut (with Elinor Jones), "A Texas Romance"; also created paintings
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Was a contributing editor to <i>Esquire</i>
1966:
With David Newman, wrote the book for the Broadway musical "It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman"
1967:
Feature film co-writing debut (with Newman), "Bonnie and Clyde"; earned first Oscar nomination for script
1969:
Contributed sketch material to the stage musical "Oh! Calcutta"
1972:
Feature directing debut, "Bad Company"; also co-wrote
1979:
Breakthrough feature as writer-director, "Kramer vs. Kramer"; film starred Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep; Benton won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay
1982:
Directed Streep in the thriller "Still of the Night"
1984:
Wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical "Places in the Heart"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Director; won Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1988:
First feature as producer (co-executive), "The House on Carroll Street," directed by Peter Yates
1991:
Directed Dustin Hoffman in film adapatation of E L Doctorow's "Billy Bathgate"; first time directing film he did not write; initial collaboration with Nicole Kidman
1994:
First screen collaboration with Paul Newman, "Nobody's Fool", adapted from Richard Russo's novel; also marked final screen appearance of Jessica Tandy
1998:
Again directed Newman in the contemporary detective story "Twilight," co-starring Stockard Channing, Gene Hackman, and Susan Sarandon
2003:
Adapted the screen version of Philip Roth's novel "The Human Stain," featuring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins; also directed
2005:
Co-adapted Scott Phillips's "Ice Harvest," starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton
2007:
Helmed "Feast of Love," a film based on the novel by Charles Baxter and featuring an ensemble cast

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