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Robert Elmer Balaban
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
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
on Broadway; had to postpone graduation because he kept getting acting jobs.
Film debut was in 1969's
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
to friend Robert Altman, who directed the Emmy-nominated murder mystery; Balaban also acted in and produced the film.
Bob Balaban Relationships:
Lynn Grossman - Wife
Sam Katz - Grandfather
Elmer Balaban - Father
Anna - Aunt
Belle Katz - Grandmother
Barney Balaban - Uncle
Harry Balaban - Uncle
Susan - Sister
Abraham Joseph 'A.J." Balaban - Uncle
John Balaban - Uncle
Israel Balaban - Grandfather
Mariah Balaban - Daughter
Hazel - Daughter
Elenore Balaban - Mother
Nancy Magidson - Sister
Max Balaban - Uncle
David Balaban - Uncle
Augusta 'Gussie' Balaban - Grandmother
Ida - Aunt
Burt Balaban - Cousin
Bob Balaban Awards:
2001 BAFTA Film Awards: The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year - Winner
2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
2001 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
2008 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
2008 Emmy: Outstanding Made for Television Movie - Nominee
2002 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Foreign Film - Nominee
1979 Tony: Actor (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
Attended Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; New York University, New York, NY (BA)
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