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Robert Altman

Film Director Robert Altman
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Profession: Film Director

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Robert Altman was one of most influential film directors of the late 20th century.

This is in spite of not making his first successful film, "MASH" (1970) until he was 45. "MASH", starring Alan Alda was nominated for 5 Academy awards including Best Director and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Altman had an extensive background in industrial films and television before moving into film. Altman's films were noted for the often large ensemble cast and multiple overlayered soundtracks.

After "MASH" Altman went on to make a number of critically acclaimed films such as "Nashville" (1975) and "McCabe & Mrs Miller" (1971) with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie before his career and reputation suffered a decline.

Altman made a comeback in the 1990s with films such as "The Player"(1993) with Tim Robbins and "Gosford Park" (2001).

Altman won his first Oscar in 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born: February 20, 1925
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: November 20, 2006 (aged 81)

Events in the Life of Robert Altman

  • 1970-01-25 "M*A*S*H", directed by Robert Altman, starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, is released (Palme d'Or 1970)
  • 1970-05-16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1971-06-24 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released
  • 1975-06-11 "Nashville", directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, is released
  • 1993-08-31 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

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