Began performing with the Second City troupe in Chicago while still in high school
Off-Broadway debut, as Linus in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Broadway debut (while a student at NYU) as bellhop in Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"
Film acting debut in "Midnight Cowboy"
Portrayed Captain Orr in "Catch 22"
Played the title role in the NY Shakespeare Festival presentation of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
TV debut on an episode of the ABC series "The Mod Squad"
Featured opposite George C. Scott in Gower Champion's "Bank Shot" (credited as Rob Balaban)
Appeared in Milton Katselas' "Report to the Commisioner" (credited as Rob Balaban)
Played the interpreter David Laughlin in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
First collaboration with director Claudia Weill, "Girlfriends"
Portrayed the 95-year-old servant of Khlestakov in "The Inspector General"; earned a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play
Made stage directorial debut with "Girls, Girls, Girls"
Played a supporting role in Sydney Pollack's "Absence of Malice"
Filmed the short "SPFX 1140," starring Mandy Patinkin
Made TV directorial debut with "Trick or Treat," the pilot for the syndicated "Tales From the Darkside"
Appeared in Peter Hyams' "2010"
Directed episodes of the Spielberg-produced series "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
Helmed the Showtime comedy special "Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread"
Feature directorial debut, "Parents"
First association with Woody Allen, appearing in the director's film "Alice"
Directed episodes of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Eerie, Indiana"
Appeared in Tim Robbins' feature directing debut "Bob Roberts"
Played the recurring role of a TV executive modeled after Warren Littlefield on the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"
Sophomore directing effort, "My Boyfriend's Back"
Wrote, directed and produced the feature "The Last Good Time"
Directed episodes of the UPN series "Legend"; also played the part of Harry Parver on the series
Featured in Armin Mueller-Stahl's directorial debut "Conversations With a Beast"
Portrayed NBC executive Warren Littlefield in the HBO movie "The Late Shift"
Helmed "5:24" segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"
Appeared in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
Directed an episode of the HBO prison drama "Oz"
Re-teamed with director Claudia Weill to play Bob Shadyac in Lifetime's "Giving Up the Ghost"
Re-teamed with Mueller-Stahl to play a suicidal barber in "Jakob the Liar"; also starred Robin Williams and Alan Arkin
Directed the play "Vick's Boy"; produced in NYC by Rattlestick Productions
Acted in the off-Broadway production of David Mamet's one-person show "Mr. Happiness" (produced at the Atlantic Theatre Company)
Staged the off-Broadway production of Arthur Kopit's play "Y2K"
Appeared in Christopher Guest's ensemble comedy "Best in Show"
Played the hapless father of Thora Birch's alienated teen in "Ghost World"
Played a featured role in the Robert Altman-directed ensemble piece "Gosford Park"; also produced and contributed to the story; received Best Picture Academy Award nomination
Once again collaborated with director Christopher Guest for the ensemble "A Mighty Wind"
Appeared in the critically acclaimed "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" opposite Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti
Played a screenwriter in the Christopher Guest ensemble "For Your Consideration"
Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directing debut "Dedication"
Portrayed Ben Ginsberg, the national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in the HBO film "Recount"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV-Movie
Directed the HBO film "Bernard and Doris," about tobacco millionairess Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon) and her relationship with her gay butler (Ralph Fiennes); earned an Emmy nomination for Directing a Miniseries or TV-Movie
Directed Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the Lifetime biopic "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Re-teamed with "Dedication" co-star Billy Crudup and Greg Kinnear in the crime drama "Thin Ice"
Narrated Wes Anderson's romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"