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10 Rare Retro Photos of Young Warren Beatty That Prove He’s Always Been a Heartthrob

Check out his 60+ year career as an actor, producer and director!

Warren Beatty has been making a name for himself in the film world from the time he was a young actor. Today, he’s known for both his work in front of the camera, as well as behind it.

After a year spent at Northwestern University, the actor, who is the brother of famed actress Shirley MacLaine, made the leap to New York City to pursue acting, his first credit coming in 1957 in an episode of Kraft Theatre. He continued to take on television roles in the subsequent years, including one on The Many Loves of Dobby Gills, before his debut film role in Splendor in the Grass (1961).

However, it wasn’t until 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde that he got the recognition he deserved, the film earning 10 Academy Award nominations.

Warren Beatty, 1955
The actor strikes a casual pose in this 1955 photographGetty

After Bonnie and Clyde, the actor enjoyed continued success, celebrated for his work in films like Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director — talk about range!

Since then, the actor has stayed booked and busy at 87 years old. In 2016, he wrote, directed and starred in the film Rules Don’t Apply.

Here, take a walk down memory lane at these retro photos of Warren Beatty young.

1974: Warren takes off

Warren Beatty, Shampoo, 1974
Warren Beatty, Shampoo, 1974Getty

In this still from the 1974 film Shampoo, Beatty rides off on a motorcycle while playing the part of George Roundy, a Beverly Hills hairdresser.

1961: Beatty and Collins

Joan Collins, Warren Beatty, 1961
Joan Collins, Warren Beatty, 1961Getty

Warren Beatty is pictured alongside Joan Collins in this 1961 photograph. The duo dated for two years before getting engaged, but they never ended up getting married.

1961: Warren Beatty behind the wheel

Warren Beatty, Splendor in the Grass, 1961
Beatty in Splendor in the Grass, 1961Getty

The actor looks dashing driving a car in this snapshot from the 1961 film, Splendor in the Grass.

1961: Warren Beatty and Wood

Warren Beatty and actress Natalie Wood, 1961
Warren Beatty and actress Natalie Wood, 1961Getty

Beatty and Natalie Wood look like certified Hollywood starlets as they arrive at the 1961 Academy Awards. Look at the way wood stuns in that fur shawl — Talk about true Hollywood glamour!

1962: Posing for a portrait

The actor in 1962
The actor in 1962Getty

It’s truly no surprise that the famed actor became as popular as he did. With a face like that, how could he be anything other than a movie star?

1962: A dapper darling

The actor in 1962
Warren Beatty, 1962Getty

The actor is pictured in London sporting a suit and tie.

1965: Warren Beatty feeling blue

The actor in 1965
Beatty in 1965Getty

The actor looks brooding in a baby blue cardigan.

1966: Sibling love

Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, 1966
Shirley MacLaine and Beatty, 1966Getty

The brother sister duo look fabulous as ever in this 1966 snapshot of them at a movie premiere.

1967: Bonnie and Clyde

Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde, 1967
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde, 1967Getty

In one of his most famous roles, Warren Beatty brought to life Clyde alongside Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie.

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