Robert Towne Biography

Updated On Jul 23, 2019 Published On Feb 18, 2017
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Date of Birth: 1934 , November-23
Birth Nation: United States
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Robert Towne is an American Screenwriter, producer, director, and actor. The most notable work on his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). He was born on 1934, 23rd November in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro, the son of Helen and Lou Schwartz.

His father ran a ladies clothing shop called the Towne Smart Shop. Robert did his schooling from Chadwick School and a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California; studied acting with Jeff Corey.

Robert 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 wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in, and also wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail, and Shampoo, as well as the first two Mission Impossible films.

Towne has also directed various films such as the sports dramas Personal Best, and Without Limits (1998), the crime thriller Tequila Sunrise, and the romantic crime drama Ask the Dust.

Talking about his personal life he married twice, he first married to Julie Payne (is an American actress) in the year 1977. The couple blessed with once child named Katharine Payne but they divorce after a four-year. He again married to Luisa Gaule in the year and has one child named Chiara Gaule.

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Born in Los Angeles, California, USA

November 23 , 1934

Robert Towne is an American Screenwriter, producer, director, and actor, was born on 1934, 23rd November in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro, the son of Helen and Lou Schwartz. His father ran a ladies clothing shop called the Towne Smart Shop. 

Married and divorce with Julie Payne

1977

Robert first married to Julie Payne in the year 1977, His wife Julie is an American actress whose career in television and films lasted from 1959 to 1967. The couple blessed with one child named Katharine Payne. But later they divorce in the year 1981.

Married with Luisa Gaule

1985

Robert second married to Luisa Gaule in the year 1985. His wife Luisa Gaule is an American former actress, his former father-in-law is late actor John Payne, star of the Western series, The Restless Gun. The couple blessed with on child named Chiara Gaule.

His interview with MTV

2007

In a November 5, 2007, interview with MTV, Jack Nicholson claimed that Towne had written the part of Gittes specifically for him. In the same interview, Nicholson also said that Towne had conceived Chinatown as a trilogy, with the third film set in 1968 and dealing in some way with Howard Hughes.