Bob Balaban

Highest Rated:
100% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated:
10% My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
Birthday:
Aug 16
Birthplace:
Chicago, Illinois
Bio:
Playing a succession of bespectacled, soft-spoken, yet vaguely superior characters, Bob Balaban carved himself a niche as a reliable character actor in the last quarter of the 20th century, while also getting the occasional opportunity to write and direct for the screen. The nephew and cousin of…

Filmography


MOVIES   

Rating Title Credit Box Office Year
32% The Monuments Men
  • Preston Savitz
$78.0M 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • M. Martin "The Society of the Crossed Keys"
$59.0M 2014
54% Fading Gigolo
  • Sol
$3.8M 2014
21% Girl Most Likely
  • Actor
$1.4M 2013
69% Thin Ice
  • Leonard Dahl
$0.8M 2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Narrator
$45.5M 2012
85% A Monster in Paris
  • Actor
-- 2011
63% Howl
  • Judge Clayton Horn
$0.6M 2010
20% Rage
  • Actor
-- 2009
Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Director
-- 2009
86% The Windmill Movie
  • Actor
-- 2009
76% Recount
  • Ben Ginsberg
-- 2008
41% No Reservations
  • Therapist
$43.1M 2007
41% Dedication
  • Arthur Planck
-- 2007
Bernard and Doris
  • Director
-- 2007
51% For Your Consideration
  • Philip Koontz
$5.5M 2006
27% Trust the Man
  • Actor
$1.5M 2006
No Money Down
  • Actor
-- 2006
24% Lady in the Water
  • Harry Farber
$42.2M 2006
The Exonerated
  • Director
-- 2005
90% Capote
  • William Shawn
$28.3M 2005
Marie and Bruce
  • Roger
-- 2004
86% Absence Of Malice
  • Rosen
-- 2003
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Jonathan Steinbloom
$17.5M 2003
Monster Hunter
  • Actor
-- 2003
Plan B
  • Actor
-- 2002
Recount Democracy
  • Actor
-- 2002
42% The Majestic
  • Majority Counsel Elvin Clyde
$27.7M 2001
92% Ghost World
  • Enid's Dad
$4.7M 2001
56% The Mexican
  • Bernie Nayman
$66.6M 2001
86% Gosford Park
  • Producer
  • Morris Weissman
$41.3M 2001
45% Parents
  • Director
-- 2000
95% Best in Show
  • Dr. Theodore W. Milbank III
$16.6M 2000
The Monster Hunter
  • Actor
-- 2000
28% Three to Tango
  • Decker
-- 1999
64% Cradle Will Rock
  • Harry Hopkins
-- 1999
29% Jakob the Liar
  • Kowalski
-- 1999
83% Clockwatchers
  • Milton Lasky
-- 1998
No Money Down
  • Actor
-- 1997
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground
  • Director
-- 1997
71% Deconstructing Harry
  • Richard
-- 1997
Subway Stories
  • Director
-- 1997
The Late Shift
  • Warren Littlefield
-- 1996
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Lloyd Miller
-- 1996
Pie in the Sky
  • Paul Entamen
-- 1996
89% The Last Good Time
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
-- 1995
29% Greedy
  • Ed
-- 1994
19% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Actor
-- 1994
21% Amos & Andrew
  • Doctor R.A. (Roy) Fink
-- 1993
32% For Love Or Money
  • Mr. Drinkwater
-- 1993
10% My Boyfriend's Back
  • Director
-- 1993
100% Bob Roberts
  • Producer Michael Janes "Cutting Edge Live"
-- 1992
76% Little Man Tate
  • Quizmaster (uncredited)
-- 1991
Unnatural Pursuits
  • Actor
-- 1991
The Face of Fear
  • Ira Preduski
-- 1990
77% Alice
  • Sid Moscowitz
-- 1990
30% Dead Bang
  • Elliot Webly
-- 1989
60% End of the Line
  • Warren Gerber
-- 1987
66% 2010: The Year We Make Contact
  • R. Chandra
-- 1984
In Our Hands
  • Actor
-- 1984
80% Whose Life Is It Anyway?
  • Catter Hill
-- 1981
94% Prince of the City
  • Santimassino
-- 1981
86% Altered States
  • Arthur Rosenberg
-- 1980
Girlfriends
  • Martin
-- 1978
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • David Laughlin
-- 1977
Report to the Commissioner (Operation Undercover)
  • Joey Egan
-- 1975
Bank Shot
  • Victor Karp
-- 1974
The Strawberry Statement
  • Elliot the Organizer
-- 1970
88% Catch-22
  • Capt. Orr
-- 1970
Me, Natalie
  • Morris
-- 1969
89% Midnight Cowboy
  • The Young Student
-- 1969


TV SERIES   

Rating Title Credit Year
89% Girls
2012-2014
  • Dr. Rice
2014
67% Nurse Jackie
2009-2014
  • Director
2011 - 2012
100% The Good Wife
2009-2014
  • Gordon Higgs
2011 - 2012
43% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Doctor
2007
The West Wing
1999-2005
  • Ted Marcus
2000

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Quotes from Bob Balaban's Characters

    1. Bernie Nayman: Do you like sex and travel?
    From The Mexican. Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Claire Simone: Will you stop speaking French? or what ever language you're speaking?
    2. James Granger: If it wasn't for us, you'd be speaking German.
    3. Preston Savitz: No. If it wasn't for you, I'd be dead. But I'd still be speaking French.
    From The Monuments Men. Submitted by Yessica A (2 months ago)
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