Robert Balaban is the actor, director and producer who was born in Chicago Illinois, on August 16, 1945. He is a descendant of Barney Balaban who was the CEO and President of Paramount Pictures from 1936 to 1964. He is also a relative of Sam Katz, who was Vice President of MGM from 1936 and for several decades after.
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From Wikipedia, here in a history of Robert "Bob" Balaban's television and movie career. It is quite impressive.
CareerOne of his earliest appearances in film was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy. Prior to that, he filled the role of "Linus" in the original off-Broadway production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. Among his early roles in the 1970s were those of Orr in Catch-22 and the interpreter David Laughlin in the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In 1979 he received a Tony Award nomination for his role in The Inspector General. During the 1980s he appeared in films such as Altered States and 2010. He directed the Randy Quaid picture Parents, and the Armin Mueller-Stahl picture The Last Good Time.
Balaban has had supporting roles in films such as Absence of Malice, Bob Roberts, Deconstructing Harry, Ghost World, The Majestic, Lady in the Water and Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.
Balaban appeared in Miami Vice as reporter Ira Stone, a nemesis of G. Gordon Liddy's character. In the 1990s, Balaban had a recurring role on the fourth season of Seinfeld as Russell Dalrymple, the fictional president of NBC. He also played Warren Littlefield, a real-world NBC executive, in The Late Shift, about the battle between Jay Leno and David Letterman for NBC's The Tonight Show. Balaban continued his ties to Littlefield in 2012 with his performance of Littlefield's autobiography, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. In 1999, Balaban made a guest appearance in the sitcom Friends as Phoebe Buffay's father Frank in "The One With Joey's Bag". In 2010, Balaban appeared as Judge Clayton Horn, the real-life judge who presided over the obscenity trial of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Bookstore in the movie Howl.
In 2001, Balaban produced the Robert Altman picture Gosford Park, for which he received a nomination for Best Picture. He also appeared in the movie as Morris Weissman, a Hollywood producer. He appeared in an episode of Entourage as a doctor known for writing prescriptions for medical marijuana.
He directed the film Bernard and Doris, starring Susan Sarandon; and also the biopic Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. He has also directed several episodes of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.
Balaban is the author of a series of six children's novels featuring a bionic dog named McGrowl.
In September 2011, Balaban was featured with Morgan Freeman and John Lithgow in the Broadway debut of the play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Judge Vaughn Walker. The production was held at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Year Title Role Notes 1969 Me, Natalie Morris 1969 Midnight Cowboy The Young Student - New York 1970 Catch-22 Capt. Orr 1970 The Strawberry Statement Elliot 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind David Laughlin 1978 Girlfriends Martin 1980 Altered States Arthur Rosenberg 1981 Absence of Malice Rosen 1981 Prince of the City Santimassino 1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway? Carter Hill 1984 2010 Dr. Chandra 1987 End of the Line Warren Gerber 1989 Dead Bang Elliot Webly 1990 Alice Sid Moscowitz 1991 Little Man Tate Quizmaster Uncredited 1992 Bob Roberts Michael Janes 1993 For Love or Money Ed Drinkwater 1993 Amos & Andrew Dr. R.A. 'Roy' Fink 1994 Greedy Ed 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn Uncredited 1996 The Late Shift Warren Littlefield Television movie 1996 Waiting for Guffman Lloyd Miller 1996 Pie in the Sky Paul Entamen 1996 Conversation with the Beast Philip Koontz 1997 Clockwatchers Milton Lasky 1997 Deconstructing Harry Richard 1999 Three To Tango Decker 1999 Cradle Will Rock Harry Hopkins 1999 Jacob the Liar Kowalsky 1999 Swing Vote Justice Eli MacCorckle Television movie 2000 Best in Show Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III 2001 Ghost World Enid's Father 2001 Gosford Park Morris Weissman Also Writer/Producer 2001 The Majestic Elvin Clyde 2001 The Mexican Bernie Nayman 2002 The Tuxedo Winton Chalmers Uncredited 2003 A Mighty Wind Jonathan Steinbloom 2004 Marie and Bruce Roger 2005 Trust the Man Tobey's Therapist Uncredited 2005 Capote William Shawn 2006 Lady in the Water Harry Farber 2006 For Your Consideration Philip Koontz 2007 No Reservations Therapist 2007 Dedication Arthur Planck 2007 License to Wed Jewelry Store Clerk Uncredited 2008 Recount Ben Ginsberg Television movie 2009 Rage Mr. White 2010 Howl Judge Clayton Horn 2011 A Monster in Paris Inspector Pâté 2011 Thin Ice Leonard Dahl 2012 Moonrise Kingdom Narrator 2013 Girl Most Likely Imogene's Father 2013 Fading Gigolo Sol 2014 The Monuments Men Pvt. Preston Savitz 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Martin
Year Title Role Notes 1965 Hank Harvey Episode: "Will The Real Harvey Wheatley Please Stand Up?" 1969 Room 222 Grady Garrett Episode: "Father & Sons" 1971 Love, American Style Unknown Episode: "Love and the Fuzz" 1985–1986 Miami Vice Ira Stone 2 episodes 1992–1993 Seinfeld Russell Dalrymple 5 episodes 1995 Legend Harry Parver 2 episodes 1998 Friends Frank Buffay Sr. Episode: "The One With Joey's Bag" 2000 The West Wing Ted Marcus Episode: "20 Hours in L.A." 2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Walt Pickle Episode: "The Layover" 2011–2012 The Good Wife Gordon Higgs 2 episodes 2013–2014 Girls Mr. Rice 2 episodes