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Born: August 16, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
The turbulent, 20-year love affair between artist Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Steiglitz fuels some of the most important art of the 20th century.
2.
Bernard and Doris (2008)
The story of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay Irish butler, Bernard Lafferty, to whom she left her entire fortune.
3.
Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground (1997) as Director ("5:24")
Dramatization of 10 real-life New York subway stories, about the people who work and ride in them. Writers and filmmakers from New York string together many tales of varying lengths. Based on stories submitted in a special contest.
4.
Last Good Time, The (1994) as Director
Joseph Kopple is a retired violinist who spends his days tidying up his studio apartment or visiting his best friend and former accountant Howard, who is now in a rest home. Despite the friendly advances of his neighbor, Ida, Kopple would rather warm up to his fond memories of the past. One rainy ev
5.
My Boyfriend's Back (1993) as Director
A highschool student who wants to date the prom queen, has his dream cut short when he dies. However, he returns from the dead and proceeds to fulfill his earthly wish.
6.
Parents (1989) as Director
Set in 1958, a 10 year old boy begins to suspect that under their supposedly normal and proper veneer, his parents hold a horrible and bloody secret.

Cast (feature film)

7.
Grand Budapest Hotel, The (2014)
Legendary hotel concierge Gustave H. and trusted lobby boy Zero Moustafa become embroiled in a battle over a priceless painting and a family fortune.
8.
Monuments Men, The (2014)
During World War II, the U.S. government forms a group of international art experts to hunt down and recover artwork stolen by the Nazis.
9.
Girl Most Likely (2013)
After a staged suicide attempt, a grown woman is released into the custody of her estranged mother.
10.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
When two adolescents fall in love and run away, the residents of their New England town are convinced that they've disappeared and go in search of them.
11.
Monster in Paris, A (2011)
A wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a massive mistake when let loose in a mad scientist's laboratory. With lotions and potions spilling everywhere, the troublesome trio accidentally creates Franc, the product of a reaction between a common flea and one of the scie
12.
Thin Ice (2011)
When a dishonest, small-town insurance agent learns that his near-senile customer owns a million-dollar violin, he sets out to get it by any means possible.
13.
Howl (2010)
The story of the obscenity trial launched to censor Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," the groundbreaking poem of the Beat Generation in 1957.
14.
Rage (2009)
A mockumentary style thriller set in the fashion industry where swan-like female models in haute-couture evening gowns are chased by a legless designer with murder in his heart.
15.
Windmill Movie, The (2008)
Richard P. "Dick" Rogers was a respected filmmaker and film teacher. Following his death in 2001, his former student Alexander Olch began digging through boxes of footage Rogers shot for a long-planned autobiography. Here, we learn about Rogers' childhood up to just days before his death. While it p
16.
Recount (2008)
A behind the scenes view of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore and the voting scandal that ensued in Florida, forcing them to recount the votes.
17.
Dedication (2007)
Henry, a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series, is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and creative collaborator disease he struggles with letting go of the ghosts of love and life.
18.
No Reservations (2007)
Master chef Kate Armstrong lives her life like she runs her kitchen at an upscale, trendy Manhattan eatery, with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe, while con
19.
For Your Consideration (2006)
A parody focusing on the making of an independent movie and its cast who become victims of the dreaded awards buzz.
20.
Lady in the Water (2006)
Cleveland Heep has been quietly trying to disappear among the burned-out light bulbs and broken appliances of the Cove apartment complex. But on the night that irrevocably changes his life, Cleveland finds someone else hiding in the mundane routine of this modest building--a mysterious young woman n
21.
Mighty Wind, A (2003) as Jonathan Steinbloom
When folk icon Irving Steinbloom passed away, he left behind a legacy of music and a family of performers he has shepherded to folk stardom. To celebrate a life spent submerged in folk, Irving's loving son Jonathan has decided to put together a memorial concert featuring some of Steinbloom's best-lo
22.
Mexican, The (2001) as Bernie Nayman
Jerry Welbach, a reluctant bagman, has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "the Mexican"... or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol proves easy. Getting it home is another matter. The pistol supposedly carries a legendary curse--a legend Jerry is given every reason to believe... especially when Samantha is taken hostage by a hit man to ensure the safe return of the pistol.
23.
Majestic, The (2001) as Majority Counsel Elvin Clyde
After an accident in the early fifties, a blacklisted screenwriter with amnesia is mistaken for the long lost son of the town's movie house owner. Under the belief he's someone else, the writer resurrects the old movie house and becomes a
24.
Gosford Park (2001) as Morris Weissman
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello
25.
Ghost World (2001) as Enid'S Dad
Enid and Rebecca are two teenage girls out of synch with the world around them. Their uncensored commentary spares no one as they try to find a place for themselves in a modern America of endless strip malls and fast-food chains. After graduating from high school, they face an unpleasant immediate f
26.
Best in Show (2000) as Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III
Eccentric contestants prepare to compete in a national dog show.
27.
Cradle Will Rock (1999) as Harry Hopkins
The story of the staging of Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical "The Cradle Will Rock", which the government placed an injunction against. The actors led the audience through New York to another venue and acted in the auditorium without props or costumes, just one action during the charged Depression-era
28.
Swing Vote (1999) as Eli "The Cork" Maccorckle
A juror must decide if a young mother is guilty of murder.
29.
Jakob the Liar (1999) as Kowalsky
In Nazi-occupied Poland, Poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob overhears a confidential radio news bulletin signalling Soviet military advances against the Germans. It's the first bit of news the depressed ghetto has received in five years and to keep spirits alive, Jakob conjures up fictitious news bulleti
30.
Three to Tango (1999) as Decker
A heterosexual advertising copy writer is mistakenly assumed to be gay by everyone at his firm because his best friend and writing partner is gay. His situation becomes complicated when he chaperon's his boss' mistress to an art opening and inadvertently falls in love with her and pretends to be gay to win her over and keep his cover with his boss who expects him to keep tabs on his mistress.
31.
Giving Up the Ghost (1998) as Bob Shadyyac
A lawyer haunted by the sudden death of her husband, makes contact with his ghost. She becomes torn between living without him or ending it all to spend eternity with him.
32.
Definite Maybe, The (1998)
A satire about two 25-year-old guys set in the Hamptons.
33.
Clockwatchers (1997) as Milton Lasky
Set in the vast metropolitan offices of Global Credit, a tale about four "temps" who hope to achieve something more permanent than what their jobs--and lives--are providing. At the center is Iris, a shy young woman who invisibly floats from job to job, but who forms an instant bond with three striki
34.
Deconstructing Harry (1997) as Richard
Harry Block, despite the onset of middle age, has never really grown up. He has established a reputation as a novelist but has already spent his latest advance from his publisher without writing a word of his latest book. He's had three wives and thinks he is sex-obsessed (having seen several therapists--one of whom he married--to analyze the problem). He is currently on his way to Adair College to receive a life achievement award but is nervous and needs company. Trouble is, Harry's latest girlfriend Fay has chosen this moment to marry his best friend Larry while another buddy, Richard, is having heart problems and can't make the trip. Finally, his wish to have his son Hilly see him honored are scuttled by his psychiatrist mother's refusal to let him attend the ceremony. Meanwhile, Lucy, Block's former sister in-law, is furious that Harry has, in his latest book, described, in vivid detail, their clandestine relationship.
35.
Waiting for Guffman (1996) as Lloyd Miller
A small town in Missouri is preparing to celebrate their 150th anniversary, so they invite a theatre crictic, Mr. Guffman, to see the show.
36.
Late Shift, The (1996) as Warren Littlefield
Account of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by representatives of Jay Leno and David Letterman to replace Johnny Carson when he announced his retirement from late-night television.
37.
Conversation With a Beast (1996) as Arnold Webster
Set in confined setting, a darkly comic fictionalized interview conducted by a U.S. historian who stumbles on amazing evidence that Adolf Hitler is alive, well (although confined to a wheelchair), 103 years old and living, under an alias in a Berlin apartment with his incredibly young-looking wife H
38.
Pie in the Sky (1995) as Mr Entamen
Charlie Dunlap's two life-consuming passions are unravelling traffic gridlock and Amy, a dancer who was once the girl-next-door. Charlie finds out the hard way that life is more like a highway than he could ever imagine, stop and go all the way. He learns to throw caution to the wind and follow his dream and, most importantly, he learns to hold on to his one true love.
39.
Greedy (1994) as Ed
The question of inheritance leads a large family into battle.
40.
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) as (Uncredited) Radio Shrink
The West calls again in the hilarious comedy sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994). New Yorker Mitch Robbins (Crystal) is back in the city and ready to put his adventures on the dusty trail behind him, but a treasure map and brotherly duties compel him to pull on some cowboy boots and go chasing through the Nevada desert. This laugh-out-loud follow-up to the 1991 smash hit "City Slickers" stars Billy Crystal, Jack Palance and Daniel Stern.
41.
For Love Or Money (1993) as Mr Drinkwater
Hotel concierge tries to get the girl of his dreams.
42.
Amos & Andrew (1993) as Doctor R A (Roy) Fink
A well-to-do blackman moves into a white neighborhood, only to be harasssed and accused of prowling.
43.
Bob Roberts (1992) as Producer Michael Janes "Cutting Edge Live" (New York)
Story about the cultural hysteria surrounding a right-wing folk-singer-turned-politician who runs for the Senate in Pennsylvania. Ultimately, his campaign is tarnished by reports of corruption.
44.
Little Man Tate (1991) as (Cameo Appearance) Odyssey Of The Mind Questioner
The story of a boy genius, his relationships with his working class single mother, and the child psychologist who wants to broaden his horizons, show him off and put him in college.
45.
Face of Fear, The (1990) as Detective Ira Preduski
A television movie based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz. A psychic assists the police in finding a serial killer, only to become the murderer's next target.
46.
Dead Bang (1989) as Elliot Webly
An obsessed detective will do what it takes to bring down a gang of white supremacists in director John Frankenheimer's explosive crime thriller "Dead Bang" (1989). When a cop is viciously slain on Christmas Eve, the homicide detective assigned the case follows leads right to the door of a gang of n
47.
Funny (1989) as Actor/Director
Various celebrities and non-celebrities tell jokes, and funny stories.
48.
End of the Line (1987) as Warren Gerber
The lives of two best friends and career railroad workers are radically changed when the railroad is abandoned in favor of an air freight company.
49.
2010 (1984) as Dr R Chandra
In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a U.S.-Soviet crew investigates a mysterious monolith orbiting Jupiter.
50.
In Our Hands (1983) as Himself
A chronicle focusing in on the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world, which took place on June 12, 1982. One million people were in New York on what's been described as a magical day, speaking in one voice to "stop the nuclear arms race." There were forty-three volunteer camera te
51.
Absence Of Malice (1981) as Elliot Rosen
An ambitious reporter unwittingly slanders a businessman under federal investigation.
52.
Prince of the City (1981) as Santimassino
A narcotics cop investigating police corruption gets in over his head.
53.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) as Carter Hill
An artist paralyzed in a car wreck fights the medical establishment.
54.
Altered States (1980) as Arthur Rosenberg
A professor in abnormal psychology who is studying schizophrenia develops a theory that other states of consciousness are as real as the waking state. He begins experimenting using sensory-deprivation and drugs on himself. This experimentation leads to extreme psychological and physical changes, at
55.
First Love (1979) as Narration
Gilda Radner and Bill Murray each remeet their "first loves."
56.
Girlfriends (1978) as Martin
A tale of an aspiring photographer struggling for a Soho gallery exhibition as she supports herself shooting wedding and Bar Mitzvah photos.
57.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) as David Laughlin
A blue-collar worker's encounter with a UFO leaves him a changed man.
58.
Report To The Commissioner (1975) as Joey Egan
When a rookie cop accidentally kills a female cop working undercover in narcotics, he unwittingly becomes involved in a police department cover-up.
59.
Bank Shot (1974) as Victor Karp
A bank robber decides to steal an entire bank by lifting the building off its foundation with house-moving equipment in the middle of the night, painting it pink, and hiding it in a trailer park.
60.
Marriage: Year One (1971) as Bernie
Cutesy love story about a fourth-year medical student who marries a free-thinking heiress and then insists that they live on his meager earnings.
61.
The Strawberry Statement (1970) as Elliot, the organizer
A college student joins a group of revolutionaries to meet girls but ends up committed to their goals.
62.
Catch-22 (1970) as Captain Orr
Set on a small island just off Italy, circa 1944, Captain Yossarian is an American bombardier who attempts to have himself grounded by claiming he's insane.
63.
Me, Natalie (1969) as Morris
The story of a young girl struggling to gain independence.
64.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) as Young student
A would-be gigolo and an ailing con artist form an unlikely friendship.

Writer (feature film)

65.
Gosford Park (2001) as Story By (Idea)
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello
66.
Last Good Time, The (1994) as Screenwriter
Joseph Kopple is a retired violinist who spends his days tidying up his studio apartment or visiting his best friend and former accountant Howard, who is now in a rest home. Despite the friendly advances of his neighbor, Ida, Kopple would rather warm up to his fond memories of the past. One rainy ev

Producer (feature film)

67.
Bernard and Doris (2008)
The story of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay Irish butler, Bernard Lafferty, to whom she left her entire fortune.
68.
Gosford Park (2001) as Producer
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello
69.
Definite Maybe, The (1998) as Executive Producer
A satire about two 25-year-old guys set in the Hamptons.
70.
Last Good Time, The (1994) as Producer
Joseph Kopple is a retired violinist who spends his days tidying up his studio apartment or visiting his best friend and former accountant Howard, who is now in a rest home. Despite the friendly advances of his neighbor, Ida, Kopple would rather warm up to his fond memories of the past. One rainy ev

Music (feature film)

71.
Deconstructing Harry (1997) as Song Performer ("When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along")
Harry Block, despite the onset of middle age, has never really grown up. He has established a reputation as a novelist but has already spent his latest advance from his publisher without writing a word of his latest book. He's had three wives and thinks he is sex-obsessed (having seen several therapists--one of whom he married--to analyze the problem). He is currently on his way to Adair College to receive a life achievement award but is nervous and needs company. Trouble is, Harry's latest girlfriend Fay has chosen this moment to marry his best friend Larry while another buddy, Richard, is having heart problems and can't make the trip. Finally, his wish to have his son Hilly see him honored are scuttled by his psychiatrist mother's refusal to let him attend the ceremony. Meanwhile, Lucy, Block's former sister in-law, is furious that Harry has, in his latest book, described, in vivid detail, their clandestine relationship.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

72.
Gosford Park (2001)
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello
73.
Gosford Park (2001)
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello

Director (special)

74.
Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread (1987) as Director
Penn Jillette and Teller, his one-name partner, appear in a comedy special in which they are called upon to display their unique brand of humor to save civilization from strange extraterrestrial beings who have invaded Earth and who, disgruntled and bored with the mundane nature of human life, threa
75.
Tales From the Darkside (1983) as Director
The pilot episode for a anthology series of suspense stories. The pilot, "Trick or Treat," tells the story of Gordon Hackles, a malevolent shopkeeper to whom most of the townspeople owe money. As is his tradition on Halloween, Hackles invites the children of the parents who owe him money to his hou

Cast (special)

76.
Anatomy of a Scene: Gosford Park (2002) as Interviewee
The program looks at the creative process as filmmaker Robert Altman, along with cast and crew, dissect the making of their film "Gosford Park."

Cast (TV Mini-Series)


Cast (short)

78.
2010: The Odyssey Continues (1984)
This promotional short for "2010" (1984) shows moviegoers how some of the film's visual effects were created.

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