Barry Levinson

Stand-up comedian, Talent agency partner, Waiter
After first entering the entertainment business as a comic writer and performer, writer-director-producer and occasional onscreen performer Barry Levinson developed into a courageous filmmaker who took creative risks ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Producer (41)

Killing Fields 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Borgia 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Copper 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Phil Spector 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bay 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Philanthropist 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oz 1984 - 1985, 1992 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Bedford Diaries 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Envy 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strip Search 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jury 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deliver Us From Eva 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Falcone 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Press Secretary 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Original Diner Guys 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wilder Napalm 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stopwatch: Thirty Minutes of Investigative Ticking 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shot In The Heart (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Suspicion (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (35)

Shades of Blue 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Rock the Kasbah 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bay 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Director

30 for 30 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

3 Lbs. 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Beat 1984 - 1985, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Investigators 1984 - 1985, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Man of the Year 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Envy 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Original Diner Guys 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Diner 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Diner 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Peeping Times 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Poliwood (TV Show)

Director

Wizard Of Lies (TV Show)

Director
Actor (28)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Martin Benson (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1984 - 1985, 1992 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Bandits 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Burlesque 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers in Paradise 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Presidency: Real to Reel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Robbie Robertson: Going Home 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

Director in Life Story (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Dave Garroway (Actor)

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Column Salesman (Actor)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Unitas (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (26)

The Bay 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

Man of the Year 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Other Writer

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unfaithfully Yours 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diner 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Carol Burnett Show 1967 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rich Little Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Comedy News II 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

Street Girls 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The John Byner Comedy Hour 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

The Tim Conway Comedy Hour 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Suspicion (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Street Girls 1973 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)
Other (1)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

associated with production (Production)

Biography

After first entering the entertainment business as a comic writer and performer, writer-director-producer and occasional onscreen performer Barry Levinson developed into a courageous filmmaker who took creative risks while scoring big commercial hits in several different genres. Having formed a comedy duo with actor Craig T. Nelson, Levinson became an Emmy-winning writer for "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) before graduating to independent filmmaking with the poignant semi-autobiographical "Diner" (1982). Though he steeped himself in over-sentimentality with "The Natural" (1984), Levinson nonetheless directed a lasting homage to the greatness of baseball. In the latter half of the decade, Levinson scored two huge hits: the manic comedy-drama "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987) and the Academy Award-winning drama, "Rain Man" (1988), both of which announced him as one of Hollywood's top directors. Meanwhile, he ventured into television by directing and producing episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Streets" (NBC, 1993-2000) while maintaining a steady, if unpredictable onscreen presence with "Bugsy" (1991), "Sleepers" (1996) and "Wag the Dog" (1997). Though he faltered in the next century with "Bandits" (2001), "Envy" (2003) and "Man of the Year" (2006), the several misses of his career failed to diminish his overall bankability.

Relationships

Valerie Curtin Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 13, 1977 Divorced 1982 Long-time writing collaborators; co-wrote "Best Friends" (1982) and "Unfaithfully Yours" (1984)

Irvin Levinson

Father
Founding partner in Consumers Buying Association, a discount furniture and appliances company was the model for Aidan Quinn's character in "Avalon" (1990) died in 1990 at age 73

Vi Levinson

Mother

Jack Levinson

Son
Born c. 1988 mother, Diana Levinson

Sam Levinson

Son
Born c. 1985 mother, Diana Levinson

Victoria Medlin Actor

Step-Daughter

Diana Rhodes

Wife
Met in Baltimore while filming "Diner" (1982) Married 1983

EDUCATION

Community College of Baltimore

Baltimore , Maryland

American University

Washington , Washington D.C.
Worked for a local TV station while a student

Forest Park High School

Baltimore , Maryland

Milestones

2015

Directed the Bill Murray-led comedy "Rock the Kasbah."

2014

Directed the comedy-drama "The Humbling.

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series ("You Don't Know Jack")

2010

Directed Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

2008

Re-teamed with Robert De Niro for the Hollywood satirical comedy-drama "What Just Happened"

2006

Helmed the political comedy "Man of the Year" about a late-night political talk show host (Robin Williams) who decides to run for President

2004

Produced and directed "Envy," starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black

2002

With Paula Weinstein, produced Neil LaBute's adaptation of "Possession"

2002

Was executive producer (with Paula Weinstein) on "Analyze That"

2001

Produced and directed the crime comedy "Bandits"

2000

Served as an executive producer on the CBS miniseries "An American Tragedy" that focused on the O J Simpson murder trial

2000

Was one of the executive producers of "The Perfect Storm"

2000

Directed the Irish-set comedy "An Everlasting Piece"

1999

Served as creator and executive producer of the midseason replacement series "The Beat" (UPN)

1999

Wrote and directed "Liberty Heights," the fourth of his films set in 1950s Baltimore

1998

Merged Baltimore Pictures with Spring Creek Prods. (formed by Paula Weinstein) to form Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures

1998

Produced and directed "Sphere," a sci-fi thriller co-starring Hoffman

1997

Produced the hit "Donnie Brasco"; re-teamed him with Al Pacino

1997

Directed (also produced) Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in "Wag the Dog"; scripted by David Mamet

1997

Served as one of the executive producers of the acclaimed HBO prison drama "Oz"

1996

Received mixed reviews for "Sleepers" (produced, directed and wrote)

1994

Produced, wrote and directed "Jimmy Hollywood"

1994

Played Dave Garroway in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

1993

Executive produced (and directed pilot episode) his first TV drama series, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1991

Wrote and directed the acclaimed biopic "Bugsy" starring Warren Beatty; earned a Best Director Academy Award nomination

1990

First film as producer (also writer and director), "Avalon"; third film set in Baltimore; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay

1988

Won an Oscar for directing Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man"

1987

Wrote and directed "Tin Men"; second film set in the Baltimore of his youth

1982

Feature film directing debut (also writer), "Diner"; first film set in Baltimore

1979

First collaboration with then-wife Valerie Curtin, the Oscar-nominated script "…And Justice for All"; also first teaming with Al Pacino

1977

Made acting debut as Dennis the bellboy in "High Anxiety"

1976

Co-writer (with director Mel Brooks and Rudy DeLuca) on the film "Silent Movie"

1974

First screenwriting credit (shared with director Michael Miller) on "Street Girls"

1969

Worked as writer on "The Tim Conway Show" (CBS)

Moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college

Founded Baltimore Picture Company with Mark Johnson

Formed a comedy duo with actor Craig T Nelson; signed by Michael Ovitz

Worked as writer (with Rudy DeLuca) and performer on "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS)

Worked as a floor director of a Washington, DC television station

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with an American producer Barry Levinson who died in London on Oct. 23, 1987 and was active mostly in Europe.

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Is of Russian Jewish heritage.

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Performed improv early in his career with actor Craig T. Nelson.

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On Warren Beatty's comment that you don't finish a film, you abandon it: "At some point you have to hand it over. It's always tough. 'The Natural' is the only one that plays in my head, because I never really thought I finished it. We were so rushed to get the movie out." - Barry Levinson in Premiere magazine, January 1997

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