Beatty gets life night from AFI


Warren Beatty will be honored by the American Film Institute for his career accomplishments in front of and behind the camera.

Beatty has been chosen to receive the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, officials said Thursday. He will be feted at a gala set for June 12 in Los Angeles.

“Warren Beatty has charmed moviegoers as a dynamic leading man from his first moment onscreen and continues to do so today,” AFI trustees chair Howard Stringer said. “He is also a master filmmaker — writer, producer and director — of such artistry and influence that his movies (have) left an indelible mark on the cultural legacy of American film.”

Beatty began his career with a role on the CBS sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in 1959. His Broadway debut came in 1960, appearing in “A Loss of Roses,” and a year he later appeared in his first movie, Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass.”

In 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” Beatty earned his first producer credit in addition to co-starring with Faye Dunaway in the Arthur Penn film classic. Other glossy acting performances included 1971’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” directed by Robert Altman, and 1978’s “Heaven Can Wait,” which Beatty co-directed with Buck Henry and co-wrote with Elaine May.

Beatty combined acting, writing, directing and producing efforts in 1981’s “Reds,” a love story set amid the Russian Revolution.

Among previous career honors, Beatty received the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 2000 and was among those receiving Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

Previous recipients of the AFI achievement award include Al Pacino last year.