Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an American actor, author and director.

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Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an American actor, author and director.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Bob Balaban, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 111

Birthday 1945-08-16

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

The French Dispatch
2018 Condor (10 episodes) as Reuel Abbott
2018 Isle of Dogs as King (voice)
2017 Spielberg as Himself
2016 Mascots as Sol Lumpkin
2016 I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House as Mr. Waxcap
2016 Eva Hesse as Wilhelm Hesse (voice)
2016 Starring Austin Pendleton
2016 Mike Nichols: An American Master
2015 Everything Is Copy
2015 Hitchcock/Truffaut as Narrator
2015 Show Me a Hero (6 episodes) as Leonard B. Sand
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel as Monsieur Martin
2014 The Monuments Men as Pvt. Preston Savitz
2013 Fading Gigolo as Sol
2012 Girl Most Likely as Maxwell
2012 Do You Like to Read?
2012 Moonrise Kingdom as Narrator
2011 Thin Ice as Leonard Dahl
2011 The Five Stages of Grief as Voice of Daniel's father
2010 Moguls and Movie Stars (7 episodes) as Himself
2010 Howl as Judge Clayton Horn
2009 Rage as Mr. White
2008 Recount as Ben Ginsberg
2007 No Reservations as Therapist
2007 Dedication as Arthur Planck
2006 For Your Consideration as Philip Koontz
2006 Lady in the Water as Harry Farber
2006 Controversy and Acclaim: The Timelessness of a Groundbreaking Film as Interviewee
2005 Capote as William Shawn
2005 Hopeless Pictures (8 episodes)
2004 Marie and Bruce as Roger
2003 A Mighty Wind as Jonathan Steinbloom
2002 The Tuxedo as Winton Chalmers (uncredited)
2001 The Majestic as Elvin Glyde
2001 Gosford Park as Morris Weissman
2001 Ghost World as Enid's Dad
2001 The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' as Himself
2001 The Mexican as Bernie Nayman
2001 Plan B as James Foster
2000 Best in Show as Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III
1999 Cradle Will Rock as Harry Hopkins
1999 Three to Tango as Decker
1999 Now and Again (1 episode)
1999 The West Wing (1 episode) as Ted Marcus
1999 Jakob the Liar as Kowalsky
1999 Swing Vote as Justice Eli MacCorckle
1999 The Monster Hunter as Dr. William Powell
1998 Giving Up the Ghost as Bob
1997 Deconstructing Harry as Richard
1997 The Definite Maybe as Wolfe Rollins
1997 Conversation with the Beast as Mr. Webster
1997 Clockwatchers as Milton Lasky
1996 Waiting for Guffman as Lloyd Miller
1996 The Late Shift as Warren Littlefield
1996 Pie in the Sky as Paul Entamen
1995 Legend (1 episode)
1994 Friends (1 episode) as Frank Buffay Sr.
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold as Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn
1994 Greedy as Ed
1993 For Love or Money as Ed Drinkwater
1993 Amos & Andrew as Dr. R. A. (Roy) Fink
1992 Bob Roberts as Michael Janes
1991 Little Man Tate as Quizmaster
1990 The Face of Fear as Ira Preduski
1989 Seinfeld (7 episodes)
1989 Dead Bang as Elliott Webley
1987 End of the Line as Warren Gerber
1984 2010 as Dr. R. Chandra
1984 Miami Vice (2 episodes)
1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway? as Carter Hill
1981 Absence of Malice as Elliott Rosen
1981 Prince of the City as Santimassino
1980 Altered States as Arthur Rosenberg
1978 Girlfriends as Martin
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind as David Laughlin
1975 Report to the Commissioner as Joey Egan
1974 Bank Shot as Victor Karp
1971 Marriage: Year One as Bernie
1971 Making It as Wilkie
1970 The Strawberry Statement as Elliot - Organizer
1970 Catch-22 as Capt. Orr
1969 Room 222 (1 episode)
1969 Me, Natalie as Morris
1969 Midnight Cowboy as The Young Student
1968 The Mod Squad (2 episodes)
1965 Hank (1 episode)


2016 Graves (2 episodes)Director
2014 We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss Director
2013 Alpha House (2 episodes)Director
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Director
2008 Swingtown (1 episode)Director
2006 Bernard and Doris Director
2006 The Exonerated Director
2002 The Twilight Zone (2002) (2 episodes)Director
1999 Now and Again (1 episode)Director
1999 Strangers with Candy (1 episode)Director
1998 LateLine (1 episode)Director
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground Director
1997 Oz (1 episode)Director
1995 Legend (2 episodes)Director
1994 The Last Good Time Director
1993 My Boyfriend's Back Director
1991 Eerie, Indiana (3 episodes)Director
1989 Parents Director
1987 Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread Director
1985 Tales From The Darkside Director
1985 Amazing Stories (1 episode)Director
1984 Tales from the Darkside (2 episodes)Director
1983 The Brass Ring Director
1972 Maude (1 episode)Director


2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me? Executive Producer
2006 Bernard and Doris Executive Producer
2006 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (16 episodes)Producer
2001 Gosford Park Producer
1994 The Last Good Time Producer


2001 Gosford Park Idea
1994 The Last Good Time Screenplay

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