Warren Beatty Snags AFI's Lifetime Award
Actor will receive the honor at a June 2008 gala
The Oscar-winning actor and director is set to receive the American Film Institute's 36th life achievement award, the highest honor for a career in film.
"Warren Beatty has charmed movie-goers as a dynamic leading man from his first moment on screen and continues to do so today," says Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. "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."
The board honors someone "whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time." Other honorees include Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Meryl Streep and Sean Connery.
Beatty, 70, won an Oscar for directing 1981's "Reds," in which he also starred. He also received lifetime recognition with the Irving G. Thalberg award in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille award at the latest Golden Globes.
His other notable films include "Splendor in the Grass," "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," "Bonnie and Clyde," McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "The Parallax View," "Shampoo," "Ishtar," "Dick Tracy," "Love Affair," "Bulworth" and "Town & Country." Beatty is also fondly remembered as the snooty Milton Armitage on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."
The award will be presented to Beatty at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 12, 2008. USA Network will broadcast the tribute later that month.