Robert Towne

About Robert Towne

Who is it?: Writer, Producer, Actor
Birth Day: November 23, 1934
Birth Place:  Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation: Writer, director, producer, actor
Years active: 1960–present
Spouse(s): Julie Payne (m. 1977; div. 1982?) Luisa Gaule (m. 1984)
Children: 2

Robert Towne

Robert Towne was born on November 23, 1934 in  Los Angeles, California, United States, is Writer, Producer, Actor. Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood. Began directing with mixed success in 1982. One of the best script doctors in Hollywood, he contributed crucial scenes to such films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Bo Gia (1972).
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Occupation Writer
Age 86 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 23, 1934 ( Los Angeles, California, United States)
Birthday November 23
Town/City  Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality United States

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Robert Towne’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Robert Towne was born in the Year of the Dog. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

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Biography/Timeline

1960

Towne wrote the screenplay for the Corman-financed Last Woman on Earth (1960), in which he also played the lead role.

1961

The following year he also starred in the Corman-financed Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961).

1965

He also wrote a screenplay for the Corman-directed The Tomb of Ligeia (1965).

1967

Towne was asked to help out on the script for Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The film was a huge success and although Towne's contribution was only "special consultant", he began to earn a reputation in Hollywood as a top "script doctor"

1968

Towne was credited on Villa Rides (1968) and did uncredited work on Drive, He Said (1971), Cisco Pike (1972), The New Centurions (1972), The Godfather (1972) and The Parallax View (1974).

1973

Towne received great acclaim for his film scripts The Last Detail (1973), Chinatown (1974), and Shampoo (1975). He was nominated for an Oscar for all three scripts, winning for Chinatown.

1975

Towne was credited for his work on The Yakuza (1975) and did script doctoring on The Missouri Breaks (1976), Orca (1977) and Heaven Can Wait (1978).

1982

Towne turned to directing with Personal Best (1982). He also wrote the script for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, hoping to direct, but Personal Best was a financial failure, meaning he had to sell the Greystoke script. He grew dissatisfied with the production and credited his dog, P.H. Vazak, with the script. Vazak became the first dog nominated for an Oscar for screenwriting, but he did not fetch the award.

1983

Towne did uncredited work on Deal of the Century (1983), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) (), Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) and Frantic (1988).

1988

His second feature film as Director was Tequila Sunrise (1988). Towne told The New York Times that Tequila Sunrise is "a movie about the use and abuse of friendship."

1990

Towne wrote the script for Days of Thunder (1990) and formed a close relationship with its star Tom Cruise.

1993

He was one of the Writers on Cruise's The Firm (1993), then Beatty's Love Affair (1994). Cruise brought him on to Mission: Impossible (1996) and co produced Towne's third film as Director, Without Limits (1998). He also co-wrote Mission Impossible II (2000) for Cruise.

2006

In 2006, Towne was the subject of Artist Sarah Morris's film, Robert Towne. Morris describes him as an “elliptical figure” whose career exemplifies a certain characteristic mode of working in the film industry, marked by collaboration, shared or changing roles. Morris's 19,744-square-foot (1,834.3 m) painting installation in the lobby of the Lever House in Manhattan, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, was also titled "Robert Towne".

2007

In a November 5, 2007 interview with MTV, Jack Nicholson claimed that Towne had written the part of Gittes specifically for him. In the same interview, Nicholson also said that Towne had conceived Chinatown as a trilogy, with the third film set in 1968 and dealing in some way with Howard Hughes. However, Towne says he "does not know how that got started" and denies there was any trilogy planned.

2008

In 2008, Towne was the subject of the documentary short film "Robert Towne", by Artist Sarah Morris.

2011

In 2011, Towne was announced as writer-director of The 39 Steps, a proposed remake of the 1935 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The British Producer Graham King revealed that he had hired Towne to write a remake of The Battle of Britain in a December 2011 interview.

2019

Robert Towne expressed his disappointment in The Two Jakes in many interviews. He told Writer Alex Simon "In the interest of maintaining my friendships with Jack Nicholson and Robert Evans, I’d rather not go into it, but let’s just say The Two Jakes wasn’t a pleasant experience for any of us. But, we’re all still friends, and that’s what matters most."

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