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BARRY LEVINSON (Written and Directed by) has crafted an enviable reputation in the film and television industry as a writer-director/producer who blends literate and intelligent visions into films and television series. Among his numerous awards and nominations, he is the winner of the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Director for Rain Man, a film that won top honors, including Best Picture and Best Actor. To date, Levinson has received a total of six Academy Award® nominations including Best Director and Best Picture for Bugsy.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Levinson has used his hometown as the setting for four widely praised features: Diner, the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama that marked his directorial debut; Tin Men, starring Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss as warring aluminum-siding salesmen; Avalon, in which his native city takes center stage in the recollections of an immigrant family; and Liberty Heights, the story of two brothers coming of age during the 1950s.

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 went on to write several television variety shows, including The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, which originated in England; The Tim Conway Show; and The Carol Burnett Show, for which he received his first Emmy Award in 1974.

After meeting Mel Brooks, Levinson collaborated as screenwriter with the veteran writer/director/producer on the feature films Silent Movie and High Anxiety, the latter of which Levinson also made a memorable, comedic appearance as Dennis, a Psycho-esque bellboy as part of the spoof on the films of Hitchcock.

As a writer, Levinson distinguishes himself with three Academy Award® nominations for original screenplays for ...And Justice for All, Diner and Avalon. As a director, Levinson has brought his unique style to a full spectrum of comedy, drama and genre pictures. Beyond awards and critical praise, the films Levinson has directed have made a special connection with their audiences. Among them, Good Morning, Vietnam, starring Robin Williams, became one of the decade's most popular movies. Others include The Natural, Young Sherlock Holmes, Disclosure, Sleepers, Wag the Dog and Bandits.

In addition to producing many of the films that he has written and directed, through his production company Baltimore Pictures, Levinson has served as executive producer on a number of highly successful films including the Academy Award®- nominated Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, The Perfect Storm and Analyze This. Levinson is also an innovator in the area of dramatic television with the award-winning series Homicide: Life on the Street. His work on this critically acclaimed drama earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series. The series received a total of four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Writers Guild Awards and two Quality Television Awards. For three consecutive seasons (1996-1998), the series was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Drama by the Television Critics Association. In 1996, the series won the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for outstanding portrayal of sexual responsibility in a dramatic series.

While at work on Homicide: Life on the Street, Levinson hired Tom Fontana as executive producer. During that time, the two men formed the Levinson-Fontana Company and produced the acclaimed series Oz, which aired for six seasons on HBO.


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