Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart (1984).
Benton also garnered three additional Oscar nominations: two for Best Original Screenplay for both Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Late Show (1977) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool (1994).
Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book "The IN and OUT Book" with Harvey Schmidt, published by The Viking Press. He was the art director at Esquire magazine in the early 1960s. In 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust. His married artist Sallie Benton in 1964.
|1977||The Late Show|
|1979||Kramer vs. Kramer||Based on the novel by Avery Corman|
|1982||Still of the Night|
|1984||Places in the Heart|
|1994||Nobody's Fool||Based on the novel by Richard Russo|
|2003||The Human Stain|
|2007||Feast of Love||Based on the novel by Charles Baxter|
|1966||It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman||Charles Strouse|
|1967||Bonnie and Clyde||Arthur Penn|
|1970||There Was a Crooked Man...||Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
|1972||What's Up, Doc?||Peter Bogdanovich|
|Oh! Calcutta!, contribution||Jacques Levy|
|1977||The Late Show||Benton|
|1979||Kramer vs. Kramer||Benton|
|1982||Still of the Night||Benton|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Benton|
|2005||The Ice Harvest||Harold Ramis|