Robert Altman Biography:
Robert Bernard Altman is in the veteran group of actors having stayed in the acting industry for an exceptionally long time. Born on February 20 1925, he joined the acting industry in the 50s and his sun set on November 20th 2006 after succumbing to leukemia related complications. He was a film director and screenwriter and is one of the few who have their films preserved in the United States National Film Registry. He had four of his films preserved there: Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Mash and McCabe. He received an Academy Honor Award for his directing prowess in 2006.
Bernard was born to Helen Mathews and Bernard Clement Altman. Helen was from Nebraska and Clement was a rich insurance broker with a German, Irish and English ancestry. Altman was brought up in strong and staunch catholic beliefs, even though he didn’t follow them as such when he grew up. He attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City after which he joined, alongside many other youth, the United States Army Forces at the age of 18. During World War II, he served 50 bombing missions serving as a crewman.
After the war was over, he was discharged from duty in 1946 and went straight to California. The tattoo machine at that time was invented to assist in the identification of dogs and Bernard worked as a marketer of the machine’s manufacturing company. For him, filmmaking was just a whim he thought would go away so he joined to pass time. Little did he know he would be hooked and pass on still in the industry.
Robert Altman’s Works:
Robert Altman got television directing roles and his first direction was Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a series. His interest in filming developed with each interaction he made in the industry and the more he stuck around, the more he became sure it was where he belonged. After directing a few more films, he directed his own composition Mash in 1969. The film was highly acclaimed and it turned out to be his big break and a nudge further into filming. Having seized the assurance he needed and with his feet firmly on the acting ground, Altman came up with more scripts where the most recent was greater than the preceding one. He made great breakthroughs with films like Mrs. Miller and McCabe (1971), Nashville (1975), The Long Goodbye (1973) And Thieves Like Us (1974). Nashville was his greatest success of all times which brought out his unique naturist style.
In 1980, Robert Altman sold his Lion’s Gate Studio since the demand for his scripts was dwindling in Hollywood and he saw it was becoming a liability to him. The 90s, however, came with a career comeback for him as he directed two very successful films. Some of the films he directed in the 90s include the Player (1992) and Short Cuts (1993).
Robert Altman Awards and Achievements:
Robert Altman got five Oscar nominations but has never got the award. Apart from the Oscar, he got Kansas City awards, BAFTA Awards for directing various films, Hochi Film Awards for directing, The Academy Honor Award for lifetime achievement, among other awards.
Robert Altman’s Personal Life:
Robert Altman was married thrice. He married Lavonner Elmer in 1946 and they divorced in 1949 after having one child. He then married Lotus Correlli in 1954 to 1957 with whom they had two children. After that he married Kathryn Reed in 1959 and they had two children. Altman therefore had five children: Mike Altman, Robert Reed Altman, Mathew R Altman, Stephen Altman and Christine Altman.
He is remembered for his easy going personality and dry humor. For instance when asked by an interviewer whether he was thinking of retiring, he asked ‘you mean death?” To him, there was no way he was retiring from acting.
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