Robert Towne

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Robert Towne is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He later said it was inspired by a chapter in... read more

Robert Towne is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He later said it was inspired by a chapter in Carey McWilliams's Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946) and a West magazine article on Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles. Towne also wrote the sequel, The Two Jakes (1990); the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973) and Shampoo (1975); and the first two Mission: Impossible films.

Birth Name

Robert Bertram Schwartz

Born

Friday, 23 November 1934

Actor Filmography

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Himself 2018
Hal Himself 2018
A Classy Broad Himself 2016
Salinger Himself 2013
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Himself - Interviewee 2011
Revolution! The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde' Himself 2008
Mad Men Bertram Cooper 2007
Budd Boetticher: An American Original Himself 2005
The Outsider Himself 2005
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That Interviewee 2005
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Himself 2018
Hal Himself 2018
A Classy Broad Himself 2016
Salinger Himself 2013
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Himself - Interviewee 2011
Revolution! The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde' Himself 2008
Mad Men Bertram Cooper 2007
Budd Boetticher: An American Original Himself 2005
The Outsider Himself 2005
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That Interviewee 2005
Suspect Zero Professor Dates 2004
A Decade Under The Influence Himself 2003
The Century: America's Time Himself - Screenwriter 1999
The Pick-up Artist Stan 1987
American Masters Himself - Interviewee, Self 1986
Screenwriters: Word Into Image Himself 1982
Shampoo Party Guest 1975
Drive, He Said Richard 1971
The Zodiac Killer Man in Bar #3 (as Robert Tubin) 1971
Creature From The Haunted Sea Narrator 1961
Last Woman on Earth Martin Joyce (as Edward Wain) 1960

Director Filmography

Producer Filmography

1985 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1976 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
1975 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Won
1975 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Won
1974 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
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