Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Aug. 16th, 1945
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 5"

Bob Balaban's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Legend TV Show
Hopeless Pictures TV Show
Hopeless Pictures

Main Movie Roles

2014 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
2014 - Fading Gigolo
2007 - License To Wed
2007 - No Reservations
2007 - Dedication
2006 - For Your Consideration
2006 - Lady in the Water
2005 - Trust the Man
2005 - Capote
2003 - A Mighty Wind
2002 - The Tuxedo
2001 - Ghost World
2001 - Gosford Park
2001 - The Majestic
2001 - The Mexican
1999 - Three to Tango
1999 - Jakob the Liar
1997 - Deconstructing Harry
1996 - Waiting For Guffman
1994 - Greedy
1994 - City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
1993 - For Love or Money
1993 - Amos & Andrew
1992 - Bob Roberts
1991 - Little Man Tate
1990 - Alice
1989 - Dead Bang
1984 - 2010: The Year We Make Contact
1981 - Prince of the City
1981 - Whose Life Is It Anyway?
1981 - Absence of Malice
1980 - Altered States
1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1975 - Report to the Commissioner
1970 - The Strawberry Statement
1970 - Catch-22
1969 - Midnight Cowboy

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Ira Stone
Gordon Higgs
Dr. Rice
Jo-Jo Gillespie
Ted Mitchell
Melvin Schmelff
Walt Pickle (Voiced)
Frank Buffay Sr.
[Complete List]


  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "The Inspector General."
  • Played the head of NBC in both _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv) and _The Late Shift (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
  • His first cousin, Judith Balaban Quine, is author of "The Bridemaids", a book about her friend, 'Grace Kelly (I)' (qv).
  • Published a diary of his experiences working on the film _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv).
  • Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film _Lady in the Water (2006)_ (qv), he failed to receive a nomination however.
  • Son of Elmer Balaban (1909-2001) who was last surviving of seven Balaban brothers who dominated the theater business in Chicago and much of the Midwest. The Balaban boys, sons of immigrant Jewish grocery-store owners in Chicago, built city's first "supercolossal" theaters, the 700-seat Circle and the 2,000-seat Central Park. Bob's Uncle Barney became chairman of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and wanted to pass the torch to Elmer, but he declined. Elmer has been credited with devising an early version of pay TV, based on a set-top box that would show first-run movies at home by accepting quarters.
  • He is described as a "mega-hunk" in _"The Simpsons" (1989) {A Star Is Born Again (#14.13)}_ (qv).
  • Cousin of director 'Burt Balaban' (qv) and nephew of Barney Balaban.

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