Robert Benton

For the set decorator, see Robert R. Benton.
Robert Benton
Born Robert Douglas Benton
(1932-09-29) September 29, 1932
Waxahachie, Texas, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Sallie Rendig (1964-present[1]

Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart (1984).

Benton also garnered three additional Oscar nominations: two for Best Original Screenplay for both Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Late Show (1977) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool (1994).

He has also directed Twilight (1998) and Feast of Love (2007) and co-wrote the screenplays for Superman (1978) and The Ice Harvest (2005).

Life and career

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee.[2] He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.[2] Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book "The IN and OUT Book" with Harvey Schmidt, published by The Viking Press. He was the art director at Esquire magazine in the early 1960s. In 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust. His wife, Sallie Benton, is an artist. [3]



Year Film Notes
1972 Bad Company
1977 The Late Show
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Based on the novel by Avery Corman
1982 Still of the Night
1984 Places in the Heart
1987 Nadine
1991 Billy Bathgate
1994 Nobody's Fool Based on the novel by Richard Russo
1998 Twilight
2003 The Human Stain
2007 Feast of Love Based on the novel by Charles Baxter


Year Film Director
1966 It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman Charles Strouse
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1972 What's Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich
Oh! Calcutta!, contribution Jacques Levy
Bad Company Benton
1977 The Late Show Benton
1978 Superman Richard Donner
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Benton
1982 Still of the Night Benton
1984 Places in the Heart Benton
1987 Nadine Benton
1994 Nobody's Fool Benton
1998 Twilight Benton
2005 Ice Harvest Harold Ramis

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