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Robert Towne

Robert Towne

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    • November 23rd, 1934
Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He later said it was inspired by a chapter in Carey McWilliams's Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946) and a West magazine article on Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles. Towne also wrote the sequel, The Two Jakes (1990); the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973) and Shampoo (1975); and the first two Mission: Impossible films. Towne directed the sports dramas Personal Best (1982) and Without Limits (1998), the crime thriller Tequila Sunrise (1988), and the romantic crime drama Ask the Dust (2006). Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Towne, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

Acting (5 Credits)

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1987The Pick-up Artist as Stan
1971Drive, He Said as Richard
1971The Zodiac Killer as Man in Bar #3 (as Robert Tubin)
1961Creature from the Haunted Sea as Sparks Moran / Agent XK150 / NarratorWatch Free
1960Last Woman on Earth as Martin Joyce

Himself (3 Credits)

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