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Bob Balaban

Acclaimed Actor, Writer, Director & Producer

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 Bob Balaban Biography

Bob Balaban’s familiar, bespectacled face can be seen in such highly-acclaimed films as “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and the Oscar-nominated film “Gosford Park,”  which he also produced. He is perhaps most recognizable for his recurring and hilarious role on Seinfeld as the head executive of NBC who accepts, then declines, then accepts again the pilot written by George and Jerry. Balaban produced and directed “The Exonerated,” a hit Off-Broadway and nationally touring play that received the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award, and was rated the #1 play by the New York Times. Balaban also directed a star studded cast, headed by Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover, of “The Exonerated” for Court TV. He also appeared with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the 2005 Academy Award winning “Capote.”

Always busy, Balaban is currently directing Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes in “Bernard and Doris,” the story of the twilight years of tobacco billionaires Doris Duke (Sarandon) and her relationship with her gay butler (Fiennes), to whom she left her entire fortune. He also recently finished production on “No Reservations,” in which he co-stars with Catherine Zeta Jones.

At the podium, Balaban speaks about finding and utilizing creativity in business and in life. Because of his own career, which has become a combination of many facets of the entertainment industry, he has intimate knowledge of merging a business-savvy agenda with acting and directing. Witty and insightful, Balaban reveals how an individual does not need to fall into the “right-brain/left-brain” stigma; rather, the most interesting careers combine both. He takes the audience inside the world of Hollywood and the funny, sometimes crazy events that take place in the entertainment industry. A product of Old Hollywood – Balaban’s family owned Paramount until the late 60′s – he also shares charming anecdotes about growing up in “the business” and being the only descendant of seven moguls to venture to the creative side of the entertainment industry.

AT A GLANCE: A veteran of Broadway, Balaban appeared in “Plaza Suite” and “Speed the Plow,” and received a Tony nomination for his performance in “The Inspector General.” Off-Broadway performances include “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Romance,” “The White House Murder Case,” “Marie and Bruce,” “Pavlo Hummel” and “Some Americans Abroad.” In the world of television, he directed the pilot for the long running series “Tales from the Darkside,” produced, directed and starred in the Fox FX pilot “Sex and the Suburbs,” and executive produced AMC’s “Celebrity Charades” with Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe. Balaban has appeared in nearly fifty movies, including “Midnight Cowboy,” “Catch 22,” “Close Encounters,” “Altered States,” “2010,” “Absence of Malice,” “Prince of the City,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Jakob the Liar,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “The Mexican,” “Ghost World,” “Gosford Park,” “A Mighty Wind,” “No Reservations,” “Dedication” and “Marie and Bruce.” He produced, directed and wrote the film “The Last Good Time,” which won best director and best film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and directed “Parents,” starring Randy Quaid, Sandy Dennis and Marybeth Hurt. Balaban is the acclaimed author of best-selling children’s books for Scholastic called McGrowl.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, writer Lynn Grossman, and his children, Hazel and Mariah.

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bob Balaban?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob Balaban for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob Balaban for your next private or corporate function.
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Bob Balaban

Acclaimed Actor, Writer, Director & Producer

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Bob Balaban Biography

Bob Balaban’s familiar, bespectacled face can be seen in such highly-acclaimed films as “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and the Oscar-nominated film “Gosford Park,”  which he also produced. He is perhaps most recognizable for his recurring and hilarious role on Seinfeld as the head executive of NBC who accepts, then declines, then accepts again the pilot written by George and Jerry. Balaban produced and directed “The Exonerated,” a hit Off-Broadway and nationally touring play that received the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award, and was rated the #1 play by the New York Times. Balaban also directed a star studded cast, headed by Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover, of “The Exonerated” for Court TV. He also appeared with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the 2005 Academy Award winning “Capote.”

Always busy, Balaban is currently directing Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes in “Bernard and Doris,” the story of the twilight years of tobacco billionaires Doris Duke (Sarandon) and her relationship with her gay butler (Fiennes), to whom she left her entire fortune. He also recently finished production on “No Reservations,” in which he co-stars with Catherine Zeta Jones.

At the podium, Balaban speaks about finding and utilizing creativity in business and in life. Because of his own career, which has become a combination of many facets of the entertainment industry, he has intimate knowledge of merging a business-savvy agenda with acting and directing. Witty and insightful, Balaban reveals how an individual does not need to fall into the “right-brain/left-brain” stigma; rather, the most interesting careers combine both. He takes the audience inside the world of Hollywood and the funny, sometimes crazy events that take place in the entertainment industry. A product of Old Hollywood – Balaban’s family owned Paramount until the late 60′s – he also shares charming anecdotes about growing up in “the business” and being the only descendant of seven moguls to venture to the creative side of the entertainment industry.

AT A GLANCE: A veteran of Broadway, Balaban appeared in “Plaza Suite” and “Speed the Plow,” and received a Tony nomination for his performance in “The Inspector General.” Off-Broadway performances include “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Romance,” “The White House Murder Case,” “Marie and Bruce,” “Pavlo Hummel” and “Some Americans Abroad.” In the world of television, he directed the pilot for the long running series “Tales from the Darkside,” produced, directed and starred in the Fox FX pilot “Sex and the Suburbs,” and executive produced AMC’s “Celebrity Charades” with Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe. Balaban has appeared in nearly fifty movies, including “Midnight Cowboy,” “Catch 22,” “Close Encounters,” “Altered States,” “2010,” “Absence of Malice,” “Prince of the City,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Jakob the Liar,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “The Mexican,” “Ghost World,” “Gosford Park,” “A Mighty Wind,” “No Reservations,” “Dedication” and “Marie and Bruce.” He produced, directed and wrote the film “The Last Good Time,” which won best director and best film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and directed “Parents,” starring Randy Quaid, Sandy Dennis and Marybeth Hurt. Balaban is the acclaimed author of best-selling children’s books for Scholastic called McGrowl.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, writer Lynn Grossman, and his children, Hazel and Mariah.

FAQs on booking Bob Balaban

  • How to book Bob Balaban?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bob Balaban for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bob Balaban, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bob Balaban or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bob Balaban?

    Booking fees for Bob Balaban, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob Balaban, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bob Balaban?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob Balaban for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob Balaban for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob Balaban or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob Balaban or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bob Balaban is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bob Balaban for your event is available upon request. Bob Balaban generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Frances McDormand, Caitlin FitzGerald, Megan Duffy, Kevin Kane and Jackie Earle Haley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bob Balaban for an upcoming event.

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