BARRY LEVINSON (Producer/Director) was awarded the 1988
Best Director Oscar for "Rain Man," starring Tom Cruise
and Dustin Hoffman. "Rain Man" also won Academy Awards
for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. In 1987, Levinson
directed Robin Williams in the comedy "Good Morning Vietnam,"
which became one of the year's most acclaimed and popular movies.
In 1991 "Bugsy," which Levinson directed and produced
(with Warren Beatty), was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including
Best Picture and Best Director.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Levinson has used his home town
as the setting for three widely- praised features: "Diner,"
the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama that marked his directorial
debut; "Tin Men," starring Danny DeVito and Richard
Dreyfuss as two warring aluminum- siding salesmen; and "Avalon,"
an evocative multi-generational story of an American family.
After attending American University in Washington, D.C., Levinson
moved to Los Angeles, where he began acting as well as writing
and performing comedy routines. He then went on to write several
television variety shows, including "The Marty Feldman Comedy
Show" (which originated in England), "The Tim Conway
Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show," for which he
won two Emmy Awards for writing. A meeting with Mel Brooks led
Levinson to collaborate with the veteran comedian/filmmaker on
the features "Silent Movie" and "High Anxiety."
As a screenwriter, Levinson has received three Academy Award nominations,
for "...And Justice For All," "Diner" and
"Avalon." Levinson's other directorial credits include
"The Natural," starring Robert Redford, "Young
Sherlock Holmes," "Toys" (co- written with Valerie
Curtin) and "Jimmy Hollywood," which he also wrote and
More recently, Levinson directed Warner Bros.' film version of
Michael Crichton's novel Disclosure, starring Michael Douglas
and Demi Moore, and directed and wrote the screen version (also
for Warner Bros.) of Lorenzo Carcaterra's controversial book Sleepers,
with an ensemble of actors that included Robert De Niro, Dustin
Hoffman and Brad Pitt.
Just previous to beginning work on "Sphere," Levinson
directed the David Mamet-scripted political satire "Wag the
Dog," starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, which earned
a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy,
a Best Screenplay nomination for Hilary Henkin and David Mamet,and
a Best Actor, Musical or Comedy, nomination for Dustin Hoffman.
Levinson returned to Baltimore to film the television series "Homicide:
Life on the Street." His work on the critically-acclaimed
drama earned him an Emmy Award for Best Individual Director of
a Dramatic Series, as well as two Peabody Awards.
Levinson produced the Robert Redford-directed feature "Quiz
Show," which was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best
Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Last year,
he produced the critically lauded hard- hitting drama "Donnie
Brasco," starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.
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