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Robert Benton
Born Robert Douglas Benton
September 29, 1932 (1932-09-29) (age 77)
Waxahachie, Texas
Occupation director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1967 - present

Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director.

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee.[1] He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.[1] Benton has enjoyed a highly successful career in film, winning numerous prestigious awards for both writing and directing. He was also the art director at Esquire magazine in the early 1960s. In 2006, he participated in the documentary Wanderlust (along with many other well-known people.)

Benton's family origins come from Northumberland England, when the family Benton held a seat in ancient times long before the Norman conquest in 1066 b.c.

Many settlers from this family moved onto America, history indicates that Abigail and Isabel Benton who settled in Virginia in 1642, George Benton who settled in Barbados in 1669 and Robert Benton who settled in Virginia in 1635 are to name but a few. The Benton Family were English Nobility but became ordinary citizens after they gave up their seat after the Normans took over. Robert Benton still has blood relatives living in England that date back to the sixteen hundreds.

Other notable American Benton's who belong to the same family coat of arms are; Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858), American politician Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), American painter and muralist William Burnett Benton (1900-1973), American businessman and politician, U.S. senator from Connecticut (1949-1953), publisher of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1943-1973)





Year Film
1972 Bad Company
1977 The Late Show
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1982 Still of the Night
1984 Places in the Heart
1987 Nadine
1991 Billy Bathgate
1994 Nobody's Fool
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

Film Awards



  • 1968 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1968 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1978 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for The Late Show
  • 1980 - Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1981 - César Award for Best Foreign Film for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1985 - Academy Award for Directing for Places in the Heart
  • 1980 - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Places in the Heart
  • 1985 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for Places in the Heart
  • 1995 - Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool


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