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Bob Balaban
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Cousin of director Burt Balaban and nephew of Barney Balaban.

Played the head of NBC in both "Seinfeld" and "The Late Shift".

Son of Elmer Balaban (1909-2001) who was last surviving of seven Balaban brothers who dominated the theater business in Chicago and much of the Midwest. The Balaban boys, sons of immigrant Jewish grocery-store owners in Chicago, built city's first "supercolassal" theaters, the 700-seat Circle and the 2,000-seat Central Park. Older brother Barney became chairman of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and wanted to pass the torch to Elmer, but he declined. Elmer has been credited with devising an early version of pay TV, based on a set-top box that would show first-run movies at home by accepting quarters.

Played Frank Bouffay, Phoebe's father, on Friends.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

During the late 1970s and 1980s, producers looking for physically unprepossessing, soft-spoken intellectual types rarely got past the letter B in their casting directories. No one surpassed Balaban in those roles-and the more dispassionate or loathsome the character, the better he was. He first attracted attention in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), playing a cartographer drafted to be François Truffaut's interpreter. (He later wrote a book on the making of the film.) He also appeared in Altered States (1980), Absence of Malice Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (both 1981), Dead-Bang (1989), Amos & Andrew (1993), and Greedy (1994), to name just a few. Balaban made his directorial debut with the black comedy Parents (1989) and then helmed My Boyfriend's Back (1993).

Bob Balaban stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1980 With Peter L. at York Square *** 1/2
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1980 With Peter L. at York Square *** 1/2
Little Man Tate 1991 With Greta and Trish ** 1/2
Bob Roberts 1992 ** 1/2
Greedy 1994 Don't Remember ** 1/2
Waiting for Guffman 1996 Home with House Church *** 1/2
Cradle Will Rock 1999 At Neils with Bill, Neil and Lois Read **
Three to Tango 1999 ** 1/2
Best in Show 2000 Adam Brusic at Showcase Orange DVD ***
Gosford Park 2001 w/ Suzy at Showcase Orange ** 1/2
Ghost World 2001 Suzy at York Square DVD *** 1/2
The Mexican 2001 at Branford Hoyts DVD ** 1/2
A Mighty Wind 2003 at Showcase Ornage ** 1/2
Lady in the Water 2006 family on DVD ***
No Reservations 2007 family on DVD ** 1/2
Thin Ice 2011 Suzy Digital ***
Moonrise Kingdom 2012 Suzy and Hanna Digital ****
The Monuments Men 2014 Suzy Digital ***
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Suzy at Middletown Digital *** 1/2