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Arthur Penn (1922 -- 2010)

Arthur Penn, the multi award-winning film and theatre director, producer and actor, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 27 September 1922. Initially intending to become a watchmaker like his father, he realised his love for film and instead embarked on a successful career as an actor. Switching to directing, he worked in US television before turning his hand to a western movie, The Left Handed Gun (1958). In 1960, Penn won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Director (Dramatic) for The Miracle Worker (1960), and was also nominated for Best Director for Two for the Seesaw (1958) and All the Way Home (1961).

He will be best remembered for directing Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman in the Oscar-winning movie of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), the violent tale of the gang of bank robbers at large in the mid-West. In 1955 Arthur married Peggy Maurer and had two children, one of whom is a successful actor and director, Matthew Penn. Arthur died of heart failure on 28 September 2010, a day after his 88th birthday.