Bob Balaban has appeared in nearly a hundred movies including Monuments Men, Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Fading Gigolo, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Capote (2005), A Mighty Wind (2003), Gosford Park (2001), Ghost World (2001), BEST IN SHOW (2000), Cradle Will Rock (1999), Waiting for Guffman (1996), Absence of Malice (1981), Prince of the City (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Catch-22 (1970), and Midnight Cowboy (1969), as well as the recently released Mascots (2016) and I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in This House (2016).
Broadway credits include A Delicate Balance with Glenn Close and John Lithgow, The Inspector General (Tony Award Nomination), and Speed the Plow. His Off-Broadway credits include Romance, Marie and Bruce, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Some of Balaban’s television credits as an actor include HBO’s Show Me A Hero and Recount (Emmy nomination), as well as Seinfeld, The Good Wife, Broad City, and Girls. He’s appearing on the new Fox series Pitch.
Balaban produced, created, and co-starred in Gosford Park, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Julian Fellowes), as well as the British Academy Award for Best British Film, the Golden Globe award for Best Director (Robert Altman), the Writers Guild Award for screenwriting, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for performance. In addition, the film was honored by the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, London Critics Circle, Broadcast Film Critics, and Online Film Critics.
Balaban produced and directed the HBO film Bernard and Doris, starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes, which earned 10 Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, as well as Producers Guild and Directors Guild nominations. He also directed the Lifetime film Georgia O’Keeffe, which stars Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. It was nominated for nine Emmy, three Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and NAACP awards.
He produced, directed and wrote the award winning film, The Last Good Time (1994), starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Maureen Stapleton and Lionel Stander, and directed the film Parents (1989), starring Randy Quaid, Sandy Dennis and Mary Beth Hurt. He has produced and directed a number of pilots and series for both cable and network television, including Nurse Jackie, Alpha House, Tales from the Dark Side and the IFC animated series, Hopeless Pictures, which he also created.
He produced and directed the hit Off-Broadway play, The Exonerated starring Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh (Drama Desk Award, New York Times #1 Play, Outer Critics Circle Award, Court TV’s Scales of Justice Award, Defender of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) as well as the National Tour starring Robin Williams, Stockard Channing, Mia Farrow and Billy Dee Williams, among others. He also directed the film version of The Exonerated (2005) for Court TV, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Aidan Quinn, and Brian Dennehy.
Balaban wrote a series of best-selling children’s books for Scholastic called McGrowl. The diary he kept during the filming of Close Encounters of the Third Kind has recently been published under the title, Spielberg, Truffaut, and Me (2002). The first two volumes of The Creature from the 7th Grade, his new series of children’s books, are currently available from Viking.
A Chicago native, Balaban’s roots are in the entertainment world: his uncle was a long-time president and Chairman of the Board of Paramount and his grandfather headed production at MGM for many years. He now lives in Bridgehampton, NY.