Bob Balaban

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Robert Elmer Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, and director. He was one of the producers nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gosford Park (2001), in which he also appeared. Balaban's other film roles include the drama Midnight Cowboy (1969); the science fiction films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Altered... read more

Robert Elmer Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, and director. He was one of the producers nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gosford Park (2001), in which he also appeared. Balaban's other film roles include the drama Midnight Cowboy (1969); the science fiction films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Altered States (1980), and 2010 (1984); the Christopher Guest comedies Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006); the dark fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006); and the Wes Anderson films Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Isle of Dogs (2018).

Birth Name

Robert Elmer Balaban

Born

Thursday, 16 August 1945

Actor Filmography

The French Dispatch 2020
The Politician Keaton Hobart, Keaton Hobart (credit only) 2019
Carl Laemmle Self 2019
An L.A. Minute Shelly 2018
Condor Reuel Abbott, Reuel Abbott (credit only) 2018
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Self 2018
Isle of Dogs King (voice) 2018
Wormwood Dr. Harold A. Abramson, Dr. Harold A. Abramson (credit only) 2017
Spielberg Himself - Actor 2017
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Mr. Waxcap 2016
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Actor Filmography

The French Dispatch 2020
The Politician Keaton Hobart, Keaton Hobart (credit only) 2019
Carl Laemmle Self 2019
An L.A. Minute Shelly 2018
Condor Reuel Abbott, Reuel Abbott (credit only) 2018
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Self 2018
Isle of Dogs King (voice) 2018
Wormwood Dr. Harold A. Abramson, Dr. Harold A. Abramson (credit only) 2017
Spielberg Himself - Actor 2017
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Mr. Waxcap 2016
Graves Secretary Burns 2016
Mascots Sol Lumpkin 2016
Pitch Frank Reid 2016
Eva Hesse Wilhelm Hesse 2016
Everything Is Copy Himself 2016
Animals. Bob Balaban (voice) 2016
Hitchcock/Truffaut Narrator (voice) 2015
Show Me a Hero Judge Leonard B. Sand, Leonard B. Sand 2015
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Crazy Walter, Self - Guest 2014
Approach the Bench The Judge, Judge 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Martin 2014
The Monuments Men Preston Savitz 2014
Broad City Arthur Wexler 2014
Celebrity Page Self 2013
Fading Gigolo Sol 2013
Family Tree Melvin Schmelff / Tumbleweed Tim 2013
Alpha House Senator Elliot Robeson 2013
Girl Most Likely Maxwell 2012
Moonrise Kingdom The Narrator 2012
Thin Ice Leonard Dahl 2012
Welcome to the Basement Himself (archive footage) 2012
A Monster in Paris Pâté (voice) 2011
Web Therapy Ted Mitchell 2011
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood Himself - Actor, Director 2010
Overheard with Evan Smith Self - Interviewee 2010
Howl Judge Clayton Horn 2010
Rage Mr. White 2009
The Good Wife Gordon Higgs 2009
The Windmill Movie Himself 2009
Web Therapy Ted Mitchell 2008
Recount Ben Ginsberg 2008
No Reservations Therapist 2007
License To Wed Jewelry Store Clerk 2007
Dedication Arthur Planck 2007
For Your Consideration Philip Koontz 2006
Lady in the Water Harry Farber 2006
Capote William Shawn 2005
Made in Hollywood Self 2005
Hopeless Pictures Sam 2005
Tom Goes to the Mayor Walt Pickle 2004
Entourage Doctor 2004
Marie And Bruce Roger 2004
A Mighty Wind Jonathan Steinbloom 2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself - Guest 2003
The Tuxedo Winton Chalmers 2002
Gosford Park Morris Weissman 2001
The Majestic Elvin Clyde 2001
The Education of Max Bickford Dr. Lowell Sherman 2001
Ghost World Enid's Dad 2001
The Mexican Bernie Nayman 2001
Plan B James Foster 2001
Best In Show Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III 2000
Cradle Will Rock Harry Hopkins 2000
Three to Tango Decker 1999
Now and Again Frederick Lizzard 1999
Jakob the Liar Kowalsky 1999
The West Wing Ted Marcus 1999
Swing Vote Justice Eli MacCorckle 1999
Natural Selection Dr. William Powell 1999
Deconstructing Harry Richard 1997
The Definite Maybe Wolfe Rollins 1997
Conversation with the Beast Mr. Webster 1997
Clockwatchers Milton Lasky 1997
Waiting For Guffman Lloyd Miller 1996
The Late Shift Warren Littlefield 1996
Pie in the Sky Paul Entamen 1996
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Himself 1995
Legend Harry Parver 1995
Friends Frank Buffay Sr. 1994
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn 1994
Greedy Ed 1994
For Love Or Money Ed Drinkwater 1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself - Guest, Warren Littlefield 1993
Amos & Andrew Dr. R.A. 'Roy' Fink 1993
Bob Roberts Michael Janes 1992
HBO First Look Elvin Clyde / Himself 1992
Little Man Tate Quizmaster 1991
Alice Sid Moscowitz 1990
Seinfeld Russell Dalrymple 1989
Dead Bang Elliott Webley 1989
End Of The Line Warren Gerber 1987
American Masters Himself 1986
Amazing Stories Jo-Jo Gillespie 1985
2010 Dr. R. Chandra 1984
Miami Vice Ira Stone 1984
Whose Life Is It Anyway? Carter Hill 1982
Absence Of Malice Rosen 1981
Prince Of The City Santimassino 1981
Altered States Arthur Rosenberg 1980
Girlfriends Martin 1978
Close Encounters of the Third Kind David Laughlin 1977
Working in the Theatre Self 1976
Report To The Commissioner Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban) 1975
Bank Shot Victor Karp 1974
Maude Ambrose Riley 1972
Marriage: Year One Bernie 1971
Making It Wilkie 1971
Catch-22 Capt. Orr 1970
The Strawberry Statement Elliot - Organizer 1970
Love, American Style Nick 1969
Room 222 Grady Garrett 1969
Me, Natalie Morris 1969
Midnight Cowboy The Young Student - New York 1969
Mod Squad Tony, Walter 1968
Hank Harvey Weatly 1965
This Is Your Life Himself 1955

Director Filmography

Producer Filmography

2010 Emmy Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Nominated
2008 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2008 Emmy Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Nominated
2008 Emmy Outstanding Made for Television Movie Nominated
2002 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
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