Bob Balaban narrates Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Francis McDormand.

Bob Balaban last directed the telefilm "Georgia O'Keeffe," starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and nine Emmy Awards, with Balaban receiving his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special; the first came for "Bernard and Doris," which he also produced. The latter feature, starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes, received ten Emmy Award nominations overall, as well as three Golden Globe Award nominations. Balaban also earned Directors Guild of America Award nominations for his helming of both features.

Balaban was an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee as producer of Robert Altman's Best Picture nominee "Gosford Park," which brought Altman the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and Julian Fellowes the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, based on an idea by Altman and Balaban. With his fellow actors from the movie, Balaban shared the Screen Actors Guild Award's top prize, for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. With his fellow producers from the movie, he shared BAFTA's Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

Balaban produced, directed, and co-wrote "The Last Good Time," starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Olivia d'Abo, and directed "Parents," starring Randy Quaid, Sandy Dennis and Mary Beth Hurt. Balaban created, wrote, and produced the animated television series "Hopeless Pictures" and executive-produced the game show "Celebrity Charades."

In 2002, Balaban produced and directed Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank's hit off-Broadway play "The Exonerated," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh, which won the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Balaban also produced and directed the show's touring version and subsequently directed the telefilm, adapted by the playwrights, which starred Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Aidan Quinn, Delroy Lindo and Brian Dennehy.

As actor, Balaban has appeared in over fifty movies, including such classics as John Schlesinger's "Midnight Cowboy," Mike Nichols' "Catch- 22," Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and Bennett Miller's "Capote." Balaban has starred in his friend Christopher Guest's films "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration." Balaban's many other movies as actor include Woody Allen's "Alice" and "Deconstructing Harry"; Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts" and "Cradle Will Rock"; and Jill and Karen Sprecher's "Clockwatchers" and "Thin Ice."

Balaban has starred on Broadway in such shows as "Plaza Suite," "Speed-the-Plow" and "The Inspector General," for which he was a Tony Award nominee. He has starred off-Broadway in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" and "Marie and Bruce," among other shows. He most recently directed the July 2012 Williamstown Theater Festival production of Lucy Boyle's play "The Blue Deep," starring Blythe Danner.

Balaban writes the best-selling "McGrowl" series of children's books for Scholastic, and has begun a second series entitled "The Creature from the Seventh Grade."

A Chicago native, his roots are in the entertainment world; his uncle was a longtime president of Paramount Pictures and his grandfather headed production at MGM for many years.

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Age: 71 years old
Birthday: August 16, 1945
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Robert Elmer Balaban
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Wife: Lynn Grossman (4/1/1977, 2 children)

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