AFI will present its 36th annual life achievement nod to Warren Beatty.
“Warren Beatty has charmed moviegoers as a dynamic leading man from his first moment onscreen,” said AFI board chairman Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony Corp. “He is also a master filmmaker — a writer, producer and director of such artistry and influence that his movies — from ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ to ‘Reds’ — have left an indelible mark on the cultural legacy of American film.”
Beatty will be feted June 12 at AFI’s annual gala dinner in Los Angeles. Highlights from the ceremony will be telecast on USA.
Beatty’s long and varied career began in 1959 with a role on TV sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” He made his Broadway debut the following year in “A Loss of Roses,” earning a Tony nom. His bigscreen entry came in 1961 opposite Natalie Wood in Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass.”
Beatty moved into multihyphenate territory as producer and star of 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” which earned an Oscar nom for best pic and an actor nod for him. Beatty, the brother of actress Shirley MacLaine, won the director Oscar for 1981’s “Reds” and garnered best picture noms for “Reds,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bugsy.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored Beatty with its 1999 Irving Thalberg Award.
This year’s AFI life achievement honoree was Al Pacino.