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Born: August 16, 1945 Cause of Death:
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Began performing with the Second City troupe in Chicago while still in high school
1967:
Off-Broadway debut, as Linus in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
1969:
Broadway debut (while a student at NYU) as bellhop in Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"
1969:
Film acting debut in "Midnight Cowboy"
1970:
Portrayed Captain Orr in "Catch 22"
1971:
Played the title role in the NY Shakespeare Festival presentation of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1972:
TV debut on an episode of the ABC series "The Mod Squad"
1974:
Featured opposite George C. Scott in Gower Champion's "Bank Shot" (credited as Rob Balaban)
1975:
Appeared in Milton Katselas' "Report to the Commisioner" (credited as Rob Balaban)
1977:
Played the interpreter David Laughlin in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1977:
First collaboration with director Claudia Weill, "Girlfriends"
1979:
Portrayed the 95-year-old servant of Khlestakov in "The Inspector General"; earned a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play
1980:
Made stage directorial debut with "Girls, Girls, Girls"
1981:
Played a supporting role in Sydney Pollack's "Absence of Malice"
1982:
Filmed the short "SPFX 1140," starring Mandy Patinkin
1983:
Made TV directorial debut with "Trick or Treat," the pilot for the syndicated "Tales From the Darkside"
1984:
Appeared in Peter Hyams' "2010"
1985:
Directed episodes of the Spielberg-produced series "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
1987:
Helmed the Showtime comedy special "Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread"
1989:
Feature directorial debut, "Parents"
1990:
First association with Woody Allen, appearing in the director's film "Alice"
1991:
Directed episodes of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Eerie, Indiana"
1992:
Appeared in Tim Robbins' feature directing debut "Bob Roberts"
1992:
Played the recurring role of a TV executive modeled after Warren Littlefield on the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"
1993:
Sophomore directing effort, "My Boyfriend's Back"
1994:
Wrote, directed and produced the feature "The Last Good Time"
1995:
Directed episodes of the UPN series "Legend"; also played the part of Harry Parver on the series
1996:
Featured in Armin Mueller-Stahl's directorial debut "Conversations With a Beast"
1996:
Portrayed NBC executive Warren Littlefield in the HBO movie "The Late Shift"
1997:
Helmed "5:24" segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"
1997:
Appeared in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Directed an episode of the HBO prison drama "Oz"
1998:
Re-teamed with director Claudia Weill to play Bob Shadyac in Lifetime's "Giving Up the Ghost"
1999:
Re-teamed with Mueller-Stahl to play a suicidal barber in "Jakob the Liar"; also starred Robin Williams and Alan Arkin
1999:
Directed the play "Vick's Boy"; produced in NYC by Rattlestick Productions
1999:
Acted in the off-Broadway production of David Mamet's one-person show "Mr. Happiness" (produced at the Atlantic Theatre Company)
1999:
Staged the off-Broadway production of Arthur Kopit's play "Y2K"
2000:
Appeared in Christopher Guest's ensemble comedy "Best in Show"
2001:
Played the hapless father of Thora Birch's alienated teen in "Ghost World"
2001:
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
2003:
Once again collaborated with director Christopher Guest for the ensemble "A Mighty Wind"
2005:
Appeared in the critically acclaimed "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
2006:
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" opposite Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti
2006:
Played a screenwriter in the Christopher Guest ensemble "For Your Consideration"
2007:
Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directing debut "Dedication"
2008:
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
2008:
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
2010:
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
2011:
Re-teamed with "Dedication" co-star Billy Crudup and Greg Kinnear in the crime drama "Thin Ice"
2012:
Narrated Wes Anderson's romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"

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