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Towne in the 1960 movie Last Woman on Earth
Towne in the 1960 movie Last Woman on Earth

Robert Towne (born November 23, 1934) is an American actor, screenwriter and director. He is the author of many notable film scripts, including Chinatown (1974), for which he received an Oscar, its sequel, The Two Jakes (1990), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films. He is also noted as an uncredited script doctor who has worked in such a capacity for The Godfather and other notable movies. Image File history File links Robert Towne in the 1960 movie Last Woman on Earth. ... Image File history File links Robert Towne in the 1960 movie Last Woman on Earth. ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... Antony Carbone and Betsy Jones Moreland, unsure about their future course of action Last Woman on Earth is a U.S. movie of 1960 produced and directed by Roger Corman about an inexplicable incident during which all life on the surface of the earth is killed except for three human... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Chinatown is a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Two Jakes is the sequel to the 1974 movie Chinatown. ... This article is about the year. ... Shampoo is a 1975 motion picture directed by Hal Ashby, and starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Grant. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Mission: Impossible is the name of an American television series which aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to September 1973. ... A script doctor is a skilled screenwriter called in to rescue a failing movie project by rewriting parts of the screenplay to improve the dialog, pacing, etc. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola based on the the novel of the same name authored by the screenplays co-writer Mario Puzo. ...


After working for years on a script of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984) 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 did not win. Towne also directed Without Limits (1998), a biopic based on the life of iconic athlete Steve Prefontaine, and Ask the Dust (2006), a romance film set in period Los Angeles and starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. Both were produced by Tom Cruise and failed at the box office, though the former did receive favorable reviews from film critics. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... There have been several fictional people nominated for Academy Awards: 1957 - Robert Rich - Academy Award for Best Story for The Brave One Rich won the award that year, although he was actually a cover for blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Without Limits is a 1998 biographical film about the friendship between running star Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bill Bowerman, who would later co-found Nike, Inc. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Steve Roland Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American Olympic runner born in Coos Bay, Oregon. ... Ask the Dust is a 2006 film based on the book Ask the Dust by John Fante. ... The romance film has as its central plot the beginning, obstruction and eventual, though often tragic, fruition of a romance. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor known for appearing in a series of high-profile Hollywood films, as well as for his controversial off-screen lifestyle. ... Salma Hayek at the Cannes Film Festival Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican actress. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films. ...


His father-in-law was once actor John Payne. His daughter (with actress Julie Payne) is Katharine Towne and he was once the father-in-law of Charlie Hunnam. Payne in Kansas City Confidental John Payne was an American movie actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox film musicals. ... Katharine Towne Katharine Towne (born July 17, 1978 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor. ... Charles Matthew Hunnam (born 10 April 1980 in Newcastle, England) is an English actor. ...


Awards

Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... The Last Detail is a 1973 film which tells the story of two United States Navy shore patrol policemen who decide to take out a young sailor for one last night on the town before he goes to jail for eight years. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ...

Trivia

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Towne stated his two of his favourite screenwriters were Paddy Chayevsky and Robert Bolt Sidney Paddy Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 - August 1, 1981) was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ... Robert Oxton Bolt (15 August 1924 - 12 February 1995) was an English playwright and screenwriter. ...


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Robert Towne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (163 words)
Robert Towne (born November 23, 1934) is an American actor, screenwriter and director.
He is the author of many notable film scripts, including Chinatown (1974), for which he received an Oscar, its sequel, The Two Jakes (1990), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films.
Towne reflects on his approach to writing in American Film Foundation's series Screenwriters: Words into Motion.
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