Tuesday, July 2, 2024

RIP Robert Towne


Robert Towne famous for his screenplays for “Chinatown”, “The Last Detail” and even touch-up script work on “The Godfather” died in Los Angeles on July 1, 2024. He was 89. Born Robert Bertrom Schwartz on November 23, 1934, in Los Angeles, Towne got his start with his screenplay for 1960’s Last Woman on Earth before writing for early-’60s TV series including ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’. and ‘The Lloyd Bridges Show’. He also scripted with Paul Schrader “The Yakuza”, Sydney Pollack’s crime drama starring Mitchum, Ken Takakura and Brian Keith and the critical hit “Shampoo” (1975), starring Warren Beatty. Towne’s lone Euro-western was as a writer on 1971’s “Villa Rides” with Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and Robert Mitchum.

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