Robert Towne is an American actor, screenwriter and director. He is the author of many notable film scripts, including Chinatown (1974), for which he received an Oscar. He also wrote the screenplays for “The Two Jakes” (1990), and “Shampoo” (1975), as well as the first two “Mission Impossible” films. He is also noted as an uncredited script doctor who has worked in such a capacity for “The Godfather” and other notable movies.
After working for years on a script of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes” (1984) he grew dissatisfied with the production and credited his dog, P.H. Vazak, with the script. Vazak became the first dog nominated for an Oscar for screenwriting, but did not win. Towne also directed “Without Limits” (1998), a biopic based on the life of iconic athlete Steve Prefontaine, and “Ask the Dust” (2006), a romance film set in period Los Angeles.
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