Bob Balaban

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Robert Elmer Balaban
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/16/1945, Leo
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer; writer
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Bob Balaban Fast Facts:
  • Paternal grandparents were Russian immigrants who owned a grocery store in Chicago.
  • Comes from a family of cinema magnates who---with Morris and Sam Katz---formed Balaban & Katz, which owned more than 100 theaters in the Midwest.
  • His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount  Pictures from 1936-64.
  • Grandfather Sam Katz, who was head of production at MGM, was first married to Bob's paternal aunt Ida and then, after her death, to Bob's maternal grandmother, Belle.
  • Studied with the Second City Comedy Troupe at age 16 and made his stage debut with them.
  • As a college junior, won the role of Linus in the original off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • As a senior, he was cast in Plaza Suite on Broadway; had to postpone graduation because he kept getting acting jobs.
  • Film debut was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy.
  • Wrote Spielberg, Truffaut and Me, a diary about his experiences filming Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • Authored children's books featuring a bionic dog named McGrowl.
  • Pitched idea for 2001's Gosford Park to friend Robert Altman, who directed the Emmy-nominated murder mystery; Balaban also acted in and produced the film.
  • Bob Balaban Relationships:
  • Hazel - Daughter
  • Lynn Grossman - Wife
  • Elmer Balaban - Father
  • Sam Katz - Grandfather
  • Anna - Aunt
  • Belle Katz - Grandmother
  • Elenore Balaban - Mother
  • Nancy Magidson - Sister
  • Max Balaban - Uncle
  • David Balaban - Uncle
  • Augusta 'Gussie' Balaban - Grandmother
  • Ida - Aunt
  • Burt Balaban - Cousin
  • Mariah Balaban - Daughter
  • Barney Balaban - Uncle
  • Harry Balaban - Uncle
  • Susan - Sister
  • Abraham Joseph 'A.J." Balaban - Uncle
  • John Balaban - Uncle
  • Israel Balaban - Grandfather
  • Bob Balaban Awards:
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Made for Television Movie - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
  • 2001 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 2002 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Foreign Film - Nominee
  • 2001 BAFTA Film Awards: The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year - Winner
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1979 Tony: Actor (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; New York University, New York, NY (BA)

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