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BOB BALABAN (Therapist) has earned acclaim as an actor, writer and producer. Most notably, he conceived the original idea of Robert Altman's "Gosford Park” and went on to produce and act in the film, which garnered seven Academy Award nominations. After small roles in "Midnight Cowboy” and "Catch-22,” Balaban became widely recognized for his role as the interpreter/cartographer in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (he later penned the memoir Spielberg, Truffaut & Me: An Actor's Diary, a humorous recount of the filmmaking experience). He has also been a memorable presence in the Christopher Guest comedies "Waiting for Guffman,” "Best in Show,” "A Mighty Wind” and "For Your Consideration.”

Balaban most recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water” and the romantic comedy drama "Dedication,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in the fall. His additional film appearances include roles in "Altered States,” "Prince of the City,” "Absence of Malice,” "2010,” "Alice,” "City Slickers II,” "Deconstructing Harry,” "Jakob the Liar,” "Ghost World” and "Marie and Bruce.” On television, he is best known for his recurring role as the head of NBC on "Seinfeld.”

An accomplished director, Balaban made his feature directorial debut with "Parents” in 1989, and followed up with "My Boyfriend's Back” and "The Last Good Time.” Among his television directing credits are episodes of "Oz,” "SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground,” "Gary, Indiana,” "Strangers With Candy,” "The Twilight Zone” and, for Court TV, "The Exonerated” based on the award-winning hit play which Balaban produced and directed Off-Broadway and then toured for two years. He recently completed producing and directing the feature film "Bernard and Doris,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon, about the relationship between Doris Duke and her butler.

In addition to his film and television career, Bob Balaban is the author of McGrowl, a best-selling series of children's books for Scholastic.

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