James Toback

James Toback

Highest Rated: 90% A Fuller Life (2014)

Lowest Rated: 0% Gotti (2018)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1944

Birthplace: Not Available

A stockbroker's son, James Toback holds degrees from both Harvard and Columbia. While an English instructor at CCNY, Toback began submitting articles to various publications, with special emphasis on sports magazines. Assigned to interview football star-turned-actor Jim Brown, Toback became close friends with his subject, spending several years as Brown's houseguest. Their relationship was crystallized into Toback's 1971 book Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir of the Great Jim Brown. This work brought Toback to the attention of Hollywood producers, culminating in his first screenplay credit for 1974's The Gambler. In 1977, Toback turned director with Fingers, a succes d'estime starring-who else?--Jim Brown. Critical opinion was sharply divided over Toback's directorial bow: Pauline Kael was underwhelmed by the film, citing "self-promotion" as Toback's biggest talent, while David Thomson was so bowled over by Fingers that he wrote a essay-length love letter of a review. Since that time, James Toback has functioned as producer, director, and actor; he wrote himself a juicy part as Gus Greenbaum in his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bugsy (1991), and essayed the small role of The Professor in Woody Allen's Alice (1990).


Highest Rated Movies



0% Gotti Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Beyond the Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Director 2018
40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman Director Screenwriter 2017
43% The Gambler Screenwriter $18.9M 2014
90% A Fuller Life Actor 2014
84% Seduced And Abandoned Screenwriter Director Producer Actor 2013
85% Tyson Director Producer $0.9M 2009
65% The Outsider Actor 2006
No Score Yet Never Down Actor 2006
32% When Will I Be Loved Professor Hassan Al-Ibrahim Ben Rabinowitz Director Screenwriter 2004
47% Death of a Dynasty Lyor Cohen 2003
33% Harvard Man Director Screenwriter 2002
39% Black and White Director Screenwriter Arnie Tishman 2002
57% Jim Brown: All-American Actor 2002
No Score Yet Giving It Up Dr. Hubbins 1999
51% Two Girls and a Guy Screenwriter Director 1998
85% Bugsy Gus Greenbaum 1991
75% Alice Professor 1990
80% The Big Bang Actor Screenwriter Director 1990
57% The Pick-Up Artist Screenwriter Actor Director 1987
83% Fingers Director Screenwriter Actor 1978
78% The Gambler Screenwriter 1974


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2011


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