Actor, Writer & Director
Bob Balaban is an actor, producer, writer, and director. He was born into a show-biz family; his Uncle Barney was president of Paramount Pictures for nearly 30 years. In his prolific 50-year career in Hollywood, Bob has appeared in dozens of films, including Midnight Cowboy alongside Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voigt, Catch-22, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Deconstructing Henry, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. In 2001, he produced Gosford Park for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Bob has also been closely associated with the Christopher Guest series of comedies, including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. Their latest collaboration Mascots debuted on Netflix in October 2016. He also stars in Broad City in the recurring role of Ilana’s father and makes an appearance in Season 5’s Episode 7, "Shenanigans."
Bob Balaban Supports
ACLU of Southern California
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends the fundamental rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law, and the right to privacy. The ACLU of Southern California affiliate has led the charge in some of the most critical events in our nation’s history including advocating for the thousands of interned innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, an unflinching support of Americans' First Amendment rights during the McCarthy era, staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, encouraging Nixon's impeachment, and establishing the concept of an Economic Bill of Rights. We continue to advocate for no less than a nation that lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. Stand for justice.