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Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. Image File history File links LevinsonHome. ... Image File history File links LevinsonHome. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... A view of the Baltimore skyline from above. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...


After growing up in Baltimore, he attended American University in Washington, D.C. before moving to Los Angeles to work as an actor and writer. His first writing work was for variety shows such as The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, The Lohman and Barkley Show, The Tim Conway Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. For other universities known as American University, see American University (disambiguation). ... Nickname the District Motto Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Actor Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974) Martin Alan Marty Feldman (July 8, 1934 – December 2, 1982) was a writer, comedian and film and television actor in the UK, famous for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition. ... Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933, Willoughby, Ohio) is an American comedic actor. ... The Carol Burnett Show was a sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner. ...


After some success as a screenwriter (Silent Movie, 1976, High Anxiety, 1977, ...And Justice for All, 1979), he began his career as a director with Diner (1982), for which he had also written the script and which earned him a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination. Diner was the first of a series of films set in the Baltimore of Levinson's youth. The other films in this series were Tin Men (1987), starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito, and the turn-of-the-century immigrant family saga Avalon (which featured Elijah Wood in one of his earliest screen appearances), as well as the more recent Liberty Heights (1999). All four movies were written and directed by Barry Levinson himself; for the last two he also acted as producer. Silent Movie is a 1976 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ... High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ... ...And Justice for All is a 1979 film which tells the story of a defense lawyer who finds himself defending a corrupt judge charged with rape, even though he personally doesnt care for his client, and knows that he is guilty. ... Diner (1982) is a film written and directed by Barry Levinson which along with Avalon, Tin Men, and Liberty Heights constitutes his series of Baltimore films. ... A view of the Baltimore skyline from above. ... Tin Men is a 1987 comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Mark Johnson. ... Dreyfuss as he appeared in the mid-1970s Richard Stephan Dreyfuss (born October 29, 1947) is an Oscar winning American actor. ... Danny DeVito as Louie in Taxi. ... Avalon (1990) is a film directed by Barry Levinson. ... Elijah Wood in Wellington, New Zealand for the 2003 world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. ... Liberty Heights is a 1999 comedy-drama film by writer-director Barry Levinson. ...


His biggest hit, both critically and financially, was Rain Man (1988) with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. The film won four Academy Awards including Best Director for Levinson. Other notable films in his directing career were The Natural (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) with Robin Williams, and Bugsy (1991) with Warren Beatty. Rain Man is a 1988 film which tells the story of a selfish yuppie who discovers that his father has left all of his estate to the autistic brother he never knew he had. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer who has starred in a number of top-grossing movies and remains one of the most successful movie stars in Hollywood. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud and Kevin Baker. ... Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 comedy/drama film set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, based on the career of Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio Saigon (AFRS), who proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors with what they... Robin Williams performing in Iraq. ... Bugsy is a 1991 film which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ...


He directed Dustin Hoffman again in Wag the Dog (1997), a political comedy about a war staged in a film studio. He was also an uncredited co-writer on Dustin Hoffman's transvestite comedy Tootsie (1982). This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Wag the Dog (1997) is a film starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Anne Heche about a Washington spin doctor (De Niro) who distracts the electorate from a presidential sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood producer (Hoffman) to create a fake war. ... Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film, which tells the story of a talented, but volatile actor who is pushing for 40. ...


Apart from producing many of his own films, he has also been producer or executive producer for such major productions as The Perfect Storm (directed by Wolfgang Petersen, 2000), Analyze That (2002, starring Robert de Niro as neurotic mafia boss and Billy Crystal as his therapist), and Possession (2002, based on the bestselling novel by A. S. Byatt). He was also executive producer for the television series Homicide: Life on the Street (which ran on NBC from 1993-1999) and the HBO prison drama Oz. Executive producer is a role in the entertainment industry that is sometimes difficult to define clearly. ... B C D E F G UN Categories: | | | | | | | | | | | ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Analyze That is a 2002 movie produced by Warner Brothers Studios. ... Robert De Niro at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1998 Robert De Niro Jr. ... Billy Crystal Billy Crystal (born March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director. ... Possession is the title of several movies, including: 2002 movie Possession is a 2002 motion picture. ... Dame Antonia Susan Byatt , DBE, (born August 24, 1936, Sheffield, England) has been hailed by some as one of the great postmodern novelists in Britain. ... Homicide: Life on the Street is an American television drama series chronicling the life of a fictional Baltimore police homicide unit. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Oz was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by HBO. The show, which aired for six seasons (1997-2003), is set in a maximum-security prison. ...


Levinson published his first novel, Sixty-Six (ISBN 076791533X), in 2003. Like several of his films, it is semi-autobiographical and set in Baltimore in the early 1960s. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


Levinson married his writing collaborator Valerie Curtin in 1975. They would divorce seven years later. He later married Dianna Rhodes whom he met in Baltimore while filming Diner. Valerie Curtin is an American actress and writer, born on March 31, 1945 in New York City. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...

Preceded by:
Bernardo Bertolucci
for The Last Emperor
Academy Award for Best Director
1988
for Rain Man
Succeeded by:
Oliver Stone
for Born on the Fourth of July

Bernardo Bertolucci. ... This article is about the 1987 film. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Rain Man is a 1988 film which tells the story of a selfish yuppie who discovers that his father has left all of his estate to the autistic brother he never knew he had. ... Oliver Stone William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is an Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Born on the Fourth of July (ISBN 1888451785) is the best selling autobiography of Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran who became an anti-war activist. ...

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Barry Levinson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (393 words)
Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television.
All four movies were written and directed by Barry Levinson himself; for the last two he also acted as producer.
Levinson married his writing collaborator Valerie Curtin in 1975.
God of Filmmaking Barry Levinson Director of Silent Movie, Good Morning Vietnam (2158 words)
While Barry Levinson is still a rather difficult name for most people to remember, this gentleman has been a part of some of the greatest movies ever made.
Levinson was born and raised in Maryland and bases a lot of his work there.
Levinson has said that most of the films that he’s seen that deal with immigration are set in New York, and that was his motivation for this picture.
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