His performance in William Inge's A Loss of Roses on Broadway garnered him a 1960 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and a 1960 Theatre World Award. He made his film debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961), opposite Natalie Wood.The film was a critical and box office success and Beatty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and received the award for New Star of the Year – Actor. Kazan was armed with the confidence born of age and success, while Beatty was virtually aflame with the arrogance of youth." Warren—it was obvious the first time I saw him—wanted it all and wanted it his way. He had the energy, a very keen intelligence, and more chutzpah than any Jew I've ever known. Bright as they come, intrepid, and with that thing all women secretly respect: complete confidence in his sexual powers, confidence so great that he never had to advertise himself, even by hints. Beatty's career has had all the hallmarks of the conventional Hollywood golden boy.It also won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor.
He plain works harder than anyone else I have ever seen." Henry Warren Beaty was born March 30, 1937, in Richmond, Virginia.
His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née Mac Lean), was a teacher from Nova Scotia. Beatty became interested in movies before his teens, when he often accompanied his sister to theaters.
His father, Ira Owens Beaty, had a Ph D in educational psychology and worked as a public school administrator, in addition to dealing in real estate. One film that had an important early influence on him was The Philadelphia Story (1940), which he saw when it was re-released in the 1950s.
Beatty's elder sister is the actress, dancer and writer Shirley Mac Laine. He noticed a strong resemblance between its star, Katharine Hepburn, and his mother, in both appearance and personality, saying that they symbolized "perpetual integrity." He did remake Love Affair in 1994, in which he starred alongside Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn.
Arthur Penn, who directed Bonnie and Clyde, described Beatty as "the perfect producer", adding, "He makes everyone demand the best of themselves.