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


Balaban was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Eleanor (nA(C)e Pottasch) and Elmer Balaban, who owned several movie theatres and later was a pioneer in cable television. His mother acted under the name Eleanor Barry. His uncles were dominant forces in the theatre business; they founded the Balaban and Katz Theatre circuit in Chicago, a chain which included the Chicago and Uptown Theatres. Balaban and Katz operated some of the most beautiful movie palaces in the United States beginning in the 1920s. Balaban's father and uncle Harry founded the H & E Balaban Corporation in Chicago, which operated its own movie palaces including the Esquire Theatre in Chicago. They later owned a powerful group of television stations and cable television franchises. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount Pictures for nearly 30 years from 1936 to 1964. His maternal grandmother's second husband, Sam Katz, was a vice president at MGM beginning in 1936. Sam had been early partners with Bob's uncles Abe, Barney, John, and Max in forming Balaban and Katz. Sam also served as President of the Publix theatre division of Paramount Pictures.
Balaban began his college career at Colgate University where he joined Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and then transferred to New York University. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. He is Jewish. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Russia to Chicago, while his mother's family was from Germany, Russia, and Romania.
One of his earliest appearances in film was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy. Prior to that, he filled the role of "Linus" in the original off-Broadway production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. Among his early roles in the 1970s were those of Orr in Catch-22 and the interpreter David Laughlin in the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In 19

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Harvey Keitel, Léa Seydoux, Fisher Stevens, and Lisa Kreuzer. And for the Anderson enthusiast it’s a delight to see his returning repertoire of performers, including Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson ...
Posted: March 17, 2017, 6:07 pm

Bob Balaban on the easy way he scored role in George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men'

Along with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray, there's another face you might recognize in the upcoming movie "The Monuments Men" -- that of Bridgehampton-based actor Bob Balaban. In the film, directed and co-written by Clooney, Balaban plays an ...
Posted: February 4, 2014, 6:42 pm

Who’s Here: Bob Balaban, Actor

Bob Balaban is a busy man these days. A veteran character actor on stage and screen, and a full-time resident of Bridgehampton, Balaban will soon be appearing in a limited-run Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s 1966 play A Delicate Balance, sharing the ...
Posted: October 9, 2014, 6:32 am
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