Robert Altman

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Robert Altman

American film director and screenwriteradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (8%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gosford Park, Lily Tomlin, A Prairie Home Companion (film)

Linked to: Caterpillar Inc., American Film Institute Awards 2001, Calvin Company, Goodrich Corporation

 

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Robert Altman was born in 1925 add something


1943

In 1943 Altman joined the United States Army Air Forces at the age of 18. add something


1946

Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California. add something


1949

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. add something


1953

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. add something


1957

The film, titled The Delinquents, made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists for $150,000, and released in 1957. add something


1964

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. add something


1968

James Caan - He had a starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film, Countdown, in 1968.


1969

In 1969 Altman was offered the script for MASH, an adaptation of a little-known Korean War-era novel satirizing life in the armed services; more than a dozen other filmmakers had passed on it. add something

 

Luana Anders - Cannes Film Festival - Anders appeared in Robert Altman's "That Cold Day in the Park", which premiered in 1969 at the Cannes Film Festival

 

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


1970

In 1970, following the release of MASH, he founded Lion's Gate Films to have independent production freedom. add something

 

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)


1971

Jules Feiffer - After Mike Nichols adapted Feiffer's unproduced play "Carnal Knowledge" as a 1971 film, Feiffer scripted Robert Altman's "Popeye", Alain Resnais's "I Want to Go Home", and the film adaptation of "Little Murders"

 

Bud Cort - He is best known for his portrayals of Harold in Hal Ashby's 1971 film "Harold and Maude" and the titular hero in Robert Altman's 1970 film "Brewster McCloud"

 

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"


1973

The Long Goodbye (novel) - In 1973, Robert Altman filmed an adaptation set in contemporary Los Angeles, with Elliott Gould as Marlowe


1974

Barbara Ruick - Barbara Ruick Williams died March 3, 1974, of a cerebral hemorrhage in Reno, Nevada, Nevada while on location with her last film, Robert Altman's "California Split", which is dedicated to her


1975

In 1975, Altman made Nashville, which had a strong political theme set against the world of country music. add something

 

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

 

Ronee Blakley - Her most famous role was as the fictional country superstar Barbara Jean in Robert Altman's 1975 film "Nashville", for which she won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award

 

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


1976

Buffalo Bill - A 1976 feature film, "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" by Robert Altman, gives deeply critical depiction of Cody and his Wild West show, with Cody portrayed as a lying buffoon who cannot separate fiction from reality

 

Sissy Spacek - After "Carrie", Spacek played the small role of housekeeper Linda Murray in Alan Rudolph's ensemble piece "Welcome to LA" , and cemented her reputation in independent cinema with her performance as Pinky Rose in Robert Altman's 1977 classic "3 Women

 

Evelyn Lear - She appeared as Nina Cavallini in Robert Altman's 1976 film "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson"


1978

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

 

A Wedding - "'A Wedding"' is a 1978 comedy film directed by Robert Altman, starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish, Geraldine Chaplin, Howard Duff, Nina Van Pallandt, Amy Stryker, and Pat McCormick


1979

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"


1980

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. add something

 

Barry Hannah - For a brief time in 1980, Hannah lived in Los Angeles and worked as a writer for the film director Robert Altman

 

Linda Hunt - Hunt's film debut in 1980 was in Robert Altman's musical comedy "Popeye"

 

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


1981

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. add something


1984

Guy Boyd (actor) - In 1984, he was honored at the Venice Film Festival with the Golden Lion *award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Robert Altman's adaptation of David Rabe's play "Streamers"


1987

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


1988

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"

 

Wally Pfister - In 1988, Robert Altman came to Washington to direct a mini-series for HBO called "Tanner '88"

 

Garry Trudeau - In 1988, Trudeau joined forces with director Robert Altman for the HBO miniseries "Tanner '88" and the Sundance Channel miniseries sequel "Tanner on Tanner" in 2004

 

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"


1990

Christy Turlington - During the 1990s, she appeared in "Unzipped", a documentary about fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and the fashion mockumentary film "Prêt-à-Porter" by director Robert Altman

 

Tim Roth - In 1990, Roth began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead"


1992

Tim Robbins - He received critical acclaim and won the Best Actor *award at Cannes for his starring role as an amoral film executive in Robert Altman's 1992 film "The Player"

 

Vincent D'Onofrio - In 1992, he appeared in Robert Altman's "The Player" as an aspiring screenwriter whom Tim Robbins' studio executive character accidentally murders

 

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

 

The Player (film) - "'The Player"' is a 1992 American satirical film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Michael Tolkin based on his own 1988 novel of the same name


1993

Greg Cohen - Cohen appears in Robert Altman's 1993 film "Short Cuts"

 

Lili Taylor - Director Robert Altman hired Taylor in 1993 for his epic Los Angeles drama "Short Cuts", in which Taylor shared scenes with Lily Tomlin

 

Short Cuts - "'Short Cuts"' is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman


1994

Sophia Loren - In 1994 she starred in Robert Altman's "Prêt-à-Porter ", which earned her a Golden Globe nomination the same year

 

Deep Forest - In 1994, Deep Forest appeared on the soundtrack for Robert Altman's "Prêt-à-Porter" with the song "Martha"

 

Francois Cluzet - In 1994, Cluzet tried international cinema, acting in ensemble movie "Prêt-à-porter" for director Robert Altman and romance "French Kiss" with Lawrence Kasdan

 

Forest Whitaker - In 1994, he was a member of the cast that won the first ever National Board of Review *award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for Robert Altman's film, "Prêt-à-Porter"

 

Tatiana Sorokko - In 1994, she made a brief appearance in Robert Altman' s movie "Prêt-à-Porter"

 

Katarzyna Figura - She is sometimes billed as "Kasia Figura", as in "Prêt-à-Porter ," Robert Altman's 1994 film


1996

In 1996, Altman directed Kansas City, expressing his love of 1930s jazz through a complicated kidnapping story. add something

 

Ron Carter - Carter made a notable appearance in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City.

 

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


1999

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. add something

 

Gosford Park - In 1999, Bob Balaban came to Robert Altman and asked him if there was something they could develop together and Altman suggested a whodunit

 

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

 

Cookie's Fortune - "'Cookie's Fortune"' is a 1999 criminal comedy film directed by Robert Altman and starring an ensemble cast, including Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Patricia Neal, Charles S. Dutton and Chris O'Donnell


2000

In November 2000, he claimed that he would move to Paris, Texas if George W. Bush were elected, but joked that he had meant Paris, Texas , Texas when it came to pass. add something


2001

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

 

Emily Watson - In 2001, she appeared alongside John Turturro in "The Luzhin Defence" and in Robert Altman's ensemble piece "Gosford Park"

 

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"

 

Gosford Park - "'Gosford Park"' is a 2001 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes


2002

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


2005

Claudie Blakley - Other notable roles include Mabel Nesbitt in Robert Altman's Oscar-winning "Gosford Park" and Charlotte Lucas in Joe Wright's 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice"

 

Debralee Scott - In March 2005, Scott moved from Brooklyn, New York to Amelia Island, Florida, to care for her ailing elder sister Carol Anne, a producer who worked on many Robert Altman films and who went by the name Scott "Scotty" Bushnell


2006

Altman died on November 20, 2006, at age 81 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. add something

 

In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Altman an Academy Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement. add something


Robert Altman died in 2006 add something

 

A film version of Garrison Keillor's public radio series $A_Prairie_Home_Companion (A_Prairie_Home_Companion_(film)) was released in June 2006. add something

 

Altman died on November 20, 2006, at age 81 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood add something

 

Meryl Streep - Also in 2006, Streep, along with Lily Tomlin, portrayed the last two members of what was once a popular family country music act in Robert Altman's final film "A Prairie Home Companion"

 

Maximilian Schell - In 2006 he appeared in Arthur Miller's "Resurrection Blues" directed by Robert Altman in London at the Old Vic

 

Kevin Spacey - In the 2006 season, Spacey suffered a major setback with a production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues, directed by Robert Altman.

 

Lily Tomlin - Tomlin collaborated again with director Robert Altman in what would prove to be his last film, "A Prairie Home Companion", released in 2006, playing Rhonda Johnson, one half of a middle-aged Midwestern singing duo with Meryl Streep

 

Lindsay Lohan - Robert Altman's ensemble comedy $A_Prairie_Home_Companion (A_Prairie_Home_Companion_(film)), in which Lohan co-stars with Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin, had a limited release in June 2006.


2007

The film director Paul Thomas Anderson dedicated his 2007 film "There Will Be Blood" to Altman add something


2012

In February 2012, an early Calvin film directed by Altman, "Modern Football" , was found by filmmaker Gary Huggins add something


2014

In 2014, a feature-length documentary film, "Altman", was released, which looks at his life and work with film clips and interviews add something

 

Ron Mann - In 2014, Mann directed the Robert Altman based documentary "Altman"


2016

Kathryn Altman, who died in 2016, co-authored a book about Altman that was published in 2014 add something