Bob Balaban Biography (1945-)

Full name, Robert Elmer Balaban; born August 16, 1945, in Chicago, IL; son ofElmer (a movie theater chain co-owner) and Eleanor (maiden name, Pottasch) Balaban; married Lynn Grossman (a writer), April 1, 1977; children: Mariah, Hazel. Addresses: Agent: Susan Smith & Associates, 121 N. San Vicente Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Birth Details
August 16, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Linus, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,Theatre 80 St. Mark's, New York City, 1967
  • Bellhop, "Visit from Mamaroneck," and Borden Eisler, "Visitor from ForestHills," Plaza Suite, Plymouth Theatre, 1968
  • Oak Bainbridge, Up Eden, Jan Hus Playhouse, New York City, 1968
  • Weems, The White House Murder Case, Circle in the Square, New YorkCity, 1970
  • Title role, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Who Wants to Be the Lone Ranger?, Center Theatre Group, NewTheatre for Now, Los Angeles, 1971
  • Christopher, The Children, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1972
  • Lawrence Mumford, Some of My Best Friends, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Ossip (Khlestakov's servant), The Inspector General, Circle inthe Square, 1978
  • Bruce, Marie and Bruce, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980
  • Baron Nicolai Tuzenbach, The Three Sisters, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1982
  • Arnold Wiggins, The Boys Next Door, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1986
  • Speed the Plow, Broadway production, 1991
  • Some Americans Abroad, off-Broadway production, 1991
  • Title role, "Mr. Happiness," The Water Engine & Mr. Happiness(double bill), Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 1999
  • Stage Director
  • Girls, Girls, Girls, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980
  • Vick's Boy, Theater Off Park, New York City, 1999
  • Y2K, Humana Theatre Festiville, 1999 , then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • Also directed Tennessee and Me, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New YorkCity.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Homosexual student in theater, Midnight Cowboy, United Artists, 1969
  • Morris, Me Natalie, National General, 1969
  • Elliot (the organizer), The Strawberry Statement, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Captain Orr, Catch 22, Paramount, 1970
  • Wilkie, Making It, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Julie, Day for Night (also known as La Nuit americaine), Columbia, 1973
  • (As Rob Balaban) Victor Karp, Bank Shot, United Artists, 1974
  • Joey Egan, Report to the Commissioner (also known as OperationUndercover), United Artists, 1975
  • Interpreter David Laughlin, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Columbia, 1977
  • Martin, Girlfriends, Warner Bros., 1978
  • Narrator, First Love, 1979
  • Arthur Rosenberg, Altered States, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Elliot Rosen, Absence of Malice, Columbia, 1981
  • Santimassino, Prince of the City, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Carter Hill, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1981
  • Himself, In Our Hands (documentary), Almi Classics, 1984
  • (Uncredited) Himself, 2010: The Odyssey Continues, 1984
  • R. Chandra, 2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Warren Gerber, End of the Line, Orion Classics, 1987
  • Actor/director, "Buy Your Slippers" and "The Whale Sandwich," Funny, 1988
  • Elliot Webly, Dead Bang (also known as Dead-Bang), 1989
  • Sid Moscowitz, Alice, 1990
  • (Uncredited) Quizmaster, Little Man Tate, 1991
  • Cutting Edge producer Michael Janes, Bob Roberts, 1992
  • Mr. Drinkwater, For Love or Money, 1993
  • Dr. R.A. (Roy) Fink, Amos & Andrew, 1993
  • Ed, Greedy, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Radio shrink, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly'sGold, 1994
  • Paul Entamen, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line, 1996
  • Lloyd Miller, Waiting for Guffman, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996
  • Mister Webster, Conversation with the Beast (also known as Gespraech mit dem Biest), 1996
  • Milton Lasky, Clockwatchers, Artistic License, 1997
  • Richard, Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line, 1997
  • Wolfe Rollins, The Definite Maybe, 1997
  • Himself, The Making of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1998
  • Harry Hopkins, Cradle Will Rock, 1999
  • Kowalsky, Jakob the Liar (also known as Jakob le menteur),Buena Vista, 1999
  • Decker, Three to Tango, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Dr. William Powell, Natural Selection, 1999
  • Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III, Best in Show, Warner Bros., 2000
  • Title role, Tex, the Passive-Aggressive Gunslinger, 2000
  • Film Work
  • Director, Parents, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 1989
  • Director, My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie), 1993
  • Producer and director, The Last Good Time, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 1994
  • Executive producer, The Definite Maybe, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Bernie, Marriage: Year One, NBC, 1971
  • Detective Ira Preduski, The Face of Fear, CBS, 1990
  • Unnatural Pursuits, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Warren Littlefield, The Late Shift, HBO, 1996
  • Bob Shadyyac, Giving Up the Ghost, Lifetime, 1998
  • Justice Eli "The Cork" MacCorkle, Swing Vote, ABC, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Vietnam-related journalist, "Back in the World," Miami Vice, 1985
  • Journalist, "Stone's War,' Miami Vice, 1986
  • Jo-Jo Gillespie, "Gershwin's Trunk," Amazing Stories, 1987
  • Russell Dalrymple, "The Pitch," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992
  • Russell Dalrymple, "The Ticket," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992
  • Russell Dalrymple, "The Watch: Part 2," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992
  • Russell Dalrymple, "The Shoes," Seinfeld, NBC, 1993
  • Russell Dalrymple, "The Pilot," Seinfeld, NBC, 1993
  • Harry Parver, Legend, UPN, 1995
  • Frank, Sr., "The One with Joey's Bag," Friends, NBC, 1999
  • Ted Marcus, movie executive, "20 Hours in L.A.," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Frederick Lizzard, "Lizzard's Tale," Now and Again, 2000
  • Made television debut in The Mod Squad, ABC; also appeared as Ambrose Riley, "Maude's Ex-Convict," Maude.
  • Specials
  • Invisible Thread (also known as Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread), PBS, 1987
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • The Brass Ring, 1983
  • "The 5:24," Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, HBO, 1997
  • Episodic
  • "Trick or Treat," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1983
  • "Fine Tuning," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • Eerie, Indiana, 1991
  • Legend, UPN, 1995
  • "Great Men," Oz, HBO, 1997
  • Lateline, ABC, 1999
  • Now and Again, ABC, 1999
  • Strangers with Candy, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Deadline, 2000
  • Specials
  • Penn and Teller's Invisible Thread, PBS, 1987
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Appeared on the original cast album for You're a Good Man, CharlieBrown.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Last Good Time, 1994
  • Nonficton
  • Close Encounters Diary, 1977

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Backstage, October 29, 1999, p. 19.
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 22, 1996, p. 12.
    • The New York Times, April 2, 1995, p. H17.

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