Knowledge Identifier: +Robert_Altman
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1925.
Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (8%), (7%)
Linked to: Caterpillar Inc., American Film Institute Awards 2001, Calvin Company, Goodrich Corporation
In 1943 Altman joined the United States Army Air Forces at the age of 18.
Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California.
Having enjoyed little success, in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, where he accepted a job as a director and writer of industrial films for the Calvin Company.
The 1953 film "Battle Circus," starring Humphrey Bogart, may have influenced the novel and/or Altman's version of MASH. (Battle Circus' original title, "MASH" was rejected by the studio; it was felt that the public might think the film was about potatoes/) Production was sometimes so tumultuous that the leads Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland tried to have Altman fired over his unorthodox filming methods, but MASH was widely hailed as an immediate classic upon its 1970 release.
The film, titled The Delinquents, made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists for $150,000, and released in 1957.
In 1964, the producers decided to expand one of his episodes for the Kraft Television Theatre for commercial release under the name, Nightmare in Chicago.
James Caan - He had a starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film, Countdown, in 1968.
Joseph Byrd - He has scored a number of films, including Agnès Varda's 1969 "Lions Love", Bruce Clark's 1971 "The Ski Bum" with Charlotte Rampling and Zalman King, "The Ghost Dance" and Robert Altman's ill-fated "H.E.A.L.T.H.", which was originally shot in 1979, but had its U.S. release delayed until 1982 because of a shakeup in the management of 20th Century Fox
Merry Clayton - Clayton performs a live version of what has been deemed the Black National Anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing, on the soundtrack for the 1970 Robert Altman film Brewster McCloud
Vilmos Zsigmond - He gained prominence during the 1970s after being hired by Robert Altman as cinematographer for "McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Elliott Gould - He is perhaps best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altman's satirical 1970 film "MASH"
Shelley Duvall - She began her career in various Robert Altman films in the 1970s, including "Brewster McCloud" , "Thieves Like Us" , "Nashville" , and "3 Women" , which won her the Cannes Film Festival *award for $Best_Actress (BAFTA_Award_for_Best_Actress_in_a_Leading_Role) and a BAFTA nomination for $Best_Actress (BAFTA_Award_for_Best_Actress_in_a_Leading_Role)
Leonard Cohen - In 1971, the film director Robert Altman featured the songs "The Stranger Song," "Winter Lady," and "Sisters of Mercy" on the soundtrack for his Western film "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
In 1975, Altman made Nashville, which had a strong political theme set against the world of country music.
Gwen Welles - Gwen Welles may be best-remembered for her portrayal of talentless singer "Sueleen Gay", in Robert Altman's 1975 film "Nashville", for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award, for Best Supporting Actress
Pauline Kael - Her 'preview' of Robert Altman's 1975 film "Nashville" appeared several months before the film was actually completed, in an attempt to prevent the studio from re-cutting the film and to catapult it to box office glory
Geraldine Chaplin - In 1975 she starred as the obnoxious BBC reporter Opal in Robert Altman's "Nashville", for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
Barbara Harris (actress) - In 1975, Harris appeared in one of her signature film roles in Robert Altman's masterpiece "Nashville", playing "Albuquerque", a ditzy, scantily clad country singing hopeful who may be far more opportunistic and calculating than she would first appear
Evelyn Lear - She appeared as Nina Cavallini in Robert Altman's 1976 film "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson"
Peggy Ann Garner - In 1978, she surprised film audiences after a decade away from any feature film when she appeared as the pregnant aunt of the bride 'Candice Ruteledge' in the critically acclaimed ensemble Robert Altman film, "A Wedding", in 1978
William Bolcom - "A Wedding", based on the 1978 motion picture by Robert Altman and John Considine, with libretto by Weinstein and Altman, was premiered on December 11, 2004
Lauren Shuler Donner - She next moved to Motown Productions, where she rose to the ranks to make her television producing debut in 1979 with the acclaimed "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill", a television film written and directed by Joel Schumacher in the style of Robert Altman's "Nashville"
In 1980, he directed the musical Popeye, based on the comic strip/cartoon of the same name, which starred the comedian Robin Williams in his big-screen debut.
Alfre Woodard - In 1980, Woodard had a role in the ensemble comedy film "Health" directed by Robert Altman
Popeye (1980 film) - "'Popeye"' is a 1980 American musical comedy film, directed by Robert Altman and is a live-action film adaptation of E. C. Segar's "Thimble Theatre" aka "Popeye" comic strip
In 1981, finding Hollywood increasingly uninterested in funding and distributing the films he wanted to make, Altman sold his Lion's Gate studio and production facility to producer Jonathan Taplin.
Genevieve Page - She appeared in Robert Altman's "Beyond Therapy" and continued to act until 2003
National Lampoon (magazine) - The Robert Altman film "O.C. and Stiggs" was based on two characters who had been featured in several written pieces in "National Lampoon" magazine, including an issue-long story from October 1982 entitled "The Utterly Monstrous, Mind-Roasting Summer of O.C. and Stiggs
Michael Murphy (actor) - He has worked frequently with director Robert Altman, and gave his best-known performances for Altman as sleazy political operative John Triplette in "Nashville" and as presidential candidate Jack Tanner in the acclaimed 1988 HBO miniseries "Tanner '88", a role he reprised in 2004's Sundance Channel miniseries "Tanner on Tanner"
Nicholas von Hoffman - In 1988, fake presidential candidate Jack Tanner named von Hoffman as his pick for Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in Robert Altman's HBO series "Tanner '88"
Touch of Evil - The opening shot is discussed briefly in the opening shot of Robert Altman's 1992 film, "The Player", by two characters who work for a fictional Hollywood studio, as the longest opening tracking shot in history
Greg Cohen - Cohen appears in Robert Altman's 1993 film "Short Cuts"
Sophia Loren - In 1994 she starred in Robert Altman's "Prêt-à-Porter ", which earned her a Golden Globe nomination the same year
Katarzyna Figura - She is sometimes billed as "Kasia Figura", as in "Prêt-à-Porter ," Robert Altman's 1994 film
In 1996, Altman directed Kansas City, expressing his love of 1930s jazz through a complicated kidnapping story.
Cyrus Chestnut - In addition to appearing on the soundtrack to director Robert Altman's 1996 feature film "Kansas City ", Chestnut made his big screen debut portraying a Count Basie-inspired pianist
Kansas City (film) - "'Kansas City"' is a 1996 crime film, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring numerous jazz tracks
Harmony Korine - In a 1999 "Dazed and Confused" magazine article Korine listed his top ten films as: "Pixote" by Hector Babenco, "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven" by Terrence Malick, "Fat City" by John Huston, "Stroszek" by Werner Herzog, "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "A Woman Under the Influence" by John Cassavetes, "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" by Robert Altman, "Out of the Blue" by Dennis Hopper and "Hail Mary" by Jean-Luc Godard
Bob Balaban - In 2001, Balaban produced the Robert Altman picture "Gosford Park", for which he received a nomination for Best Picture
Alan Bates - In 2001, Bates joined an all-star cast in Robert Altman's critically acclaimed period drama "Gosford Park", in which he played the butler Jennings
Ivor Novello - Novello was portrayed in Robert Altman's 2001 film, "Gosford Park", by Jeremy Northam, and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack, including "Waltz of My Heart", "And Her Mother Came Too", "I Can Give You the Starlight", "What a Duke Should Be", "Why Isn't It You-" and "The Land of Might-Have-Been"
Julian Fellowes - As a screenwriter, he wrote the script for "Gosford Park", directed by Robert Altman and won the Oscar for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen in 2002
The film director Paul Thomas Anderson dedicated his 2007 film "There Will Be Blood" to Altman