BOB BALABAN has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Awards, three SAG Awards, a TONY Award, and two DGA awards. He has won a SAG Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award.
He produced and co-starred in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, produced and directed the HBO movie Bernard and Doris starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes, and the Lifetime movie Georgia O’Keefe starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen. For IFC Bob wrote, produced and directed an entire animated series called Hopeless Pictures.
Bob is an accomplished commercial director, and has directed campaigns for Toyota, Las Vegas Tourism, Allegiant Air and many others along the way. He is great with scripts and improv, and has a deep knowledge of talented actors across the country and throughout the world.
Bob also produced and directed the Off-Broadway play The Exonerated (winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) starring Robin Williams, Jill Clayburgh, and Mia Farrow; as well as the cult film Parents starring Randy Quaid and Sandy Dennis.
As an actor, Bob has appeared in over a hundred movies, including Midnight Cowboy, Absence of Malice, and Deconstructing Harry. He appeared in all five of Christopher Guest’s improvised movies; George Clooney’s Monuments Men; Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, and the soon to be released The French Dispatch with Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, and Bill Murray. He is well known for his keen improv skills both as an actor and a director.
He’s currently featured in AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network series Condor, and Ryan Murphy’s soon to be released Netflix series The Politician with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange.
In addition to directing over 20 hours of network and cable episodic television, Bob has created and directed pilots for NBC, FOX, IFC, and AMC; written a best-selling series of children’s books called McGrowl for Scholastic and a book about the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind titled Spielberg, Truffaut, and Me.
A Chicago native, Bob’s roots are in the entertainment world: his family built movie palaces in the Midwest. His uncle was long-time President and Chairman of the Board of Paramount Pictures, and his grandfather headed production at MGM for many years during the golden age of movie musicals. His years of acting and producing have made him the best talent director ever. Bob Balaban is truly a renaissance man and a pleasure to work with!