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Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Elmer Balaban. He is an actor and director, known for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He has been married to Lynn Grossman since April 1, 1977. They have two children. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel
M. Martin
 2013 Fading Gigolo
 2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Lawyer (uncredited)
 2012 Moonrise Kingdom
The Narrator
 2011 A Monster in Paris
Pâté (English version, voice)
 2011 Thin Ice
Leonard Dahl
 2009/I Rage
Mr. White
 2007 License to Wed
Jewelry Store Clerk (uncredited)
 2005 Trust the Man
Tobey's Therapist (uncredited)
 2004 Scene Stealers
Jonathan Crouch Esq.
 2002 The Tuxedo
Winton Chalmers (uncredited)
 2001/I Plan B
James Foster
 2001 The Mexican
Bernie Nayman
 1999 Three to Tango
 1997 The Definite Maybe
Wolfe Rollins
 1997 Deconstructing Harry
 1997 Clockwatchers
Milton Lasky
 1996 Conversation with the Beast
Mr. Webster
 1996 Pie in the Sky
Paul Entamen
 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn (uncredited)
 1994 Greedy
 1993 For Love or Money
Ed Drinkwater
 1993 Amos & Andrew
Dr. R.A. 'Roy' Fink
 1992 Bob Roberts
Michael Janes
 1991 Little Man Tate
Quizmaster (uncredited)
 1990 Alice
Sid Moscowitz
 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Guy with sunglasses in espresso bar (uncredited)
 1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Carter Hill
 1981 Prince of the City
 1978 Girlfriends
 1975 Report to the Commissioner
Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban)
 1974 Bank Shot
Victor Karp
 1971 Making It
 1970 The Strawberry Statement
Elliot - Organizer
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
The Young Student - New York
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Stage: Appeared in "The Inspector General" on Broadway. See more »

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5 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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[describing his Chicago youth] I was one of those kids who'd put on neighborhood puppet shows. I was a puppet fanatic. I was always putting on plays and enlisting my friends to help. See more »


Uncles Barney and A.J. Balaban owned ornate movie theaters with Sam Katz, the Balaban & Katz theater chain. Renamed Publix Theaters in 1925, it was acquired by Paramount Pictures. The theater chain became so important to Paramount'Inc. Sam Katz forced co-founder Adolph Zukor s fortunes that the company name was changed to Paramount-Publix in 1930. Paramount-Publix went bankrupt in 1933, and was ... See more »

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