Gary Goetzman


Producer

About

Also Known As
Gary Michael Goetzman
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
November 06, 1952

Biography

A former child actor who grew up to become the executive producer the multi-Oscar-winning "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), Gary Goetzman has been working with director Jonathan Demme in various capacities since serving as production manager on Demme's 1974 debut "Caged Heat/Renegade Girls." Simultaneously, he has carried on a career as a composer and producer (as well as music editor a...

Biography

A former child actor who grew up to become the executive producer the multi-Oscar-winning "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), Gary Goetzman has been working with director Jonathan Demme in various capacities since serving as production manager on Demme's 1974 debut "Caged Heat/Renegade Girls." Simultaneously, he has carried on a career as a composer and producer (as well as music editor and sound recordist) for such artists as Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan and Thelma Houston.

The Los Angeles native never made it to the top rung of child actors, but he can be seen as Dick Van Dyke's son in "Divorce American Style" (1967) and alongside Tim Matheson and Morgan Brittany (then billed as Suzanne Cupito) as Henry Fonda's children in the family comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours" (1968). He has continued to act in bit roles, usually in Demme's films like "Citizens Band/Handle With Care" (1977), "Melvin and Howard" (1980) and "Married to the Mob" (1988). In both "Something Wild" (1986) and "Philadelphia" (1993), Goetzman portrayed the same character, the lounge singer Guido Paonessa. He also produced Demme's "Stop Making Sense" (1984), the excellent Talking Heads concert film which earned a citation from the National Society of Film Critics.

Separate from his work with Demme, Goetzman has been active as actor (Joel Schumacher's "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" 1981), music supervisor (Dennis Hopper's "Colors" 1988; Barbet Schroeder's "Reversal of Fortune" 1990) and producer of projects of varying quality and success ("Modern Girls" 1986; "Miami Blues" 1990). He was also producer of "Amos & Andrew" (1993), the Nicolas Cage-Samuel and with Jesse Beaton served as executive producer on Carl Franklin's underappreciated "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995). Not only did he help produce Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!" (1996), but he also contributed several original songs to the soundtrack.

In fact, work in the music world has occupied much of Goetzman's professional career. He wrote the theme song for the 1978 syndicated TV series "Hot City Disco" and has worked with such artists as Natalie Cole, The Staple Singers, and The Manhattans. Goetzman directed the music video for Jane Child's single "Don't Want to Fall in Love," which reached Number 1 on MTV and contributed song to the soundtracks of "Fright Night" (1985), "Married to the Mob" and "Miami Blues." He and Demme reteamed for the Robyn Hitchcock concert film "Storefront Hitchcock" and "Beloved" (both 1998).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Philadelphia (1993)
Guido Paonessa
Miami Blues (1990)
Hotel Desk Clerk
And God Created Woman (1988)
Al Lawrence
Married To The Mob (1988)
Something Wild (1986)
Swing Shift (1984)
Bustin' Loose (1981)
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Hot Rod (1979)
Citizens Band (1977)
Rv Salesman
Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968)
Greg
Divorce American Style (1967)
Jonathan

Producer (Feature Film)

Greyhound (2020)
Producer
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2018)
Producer
The Circle (2017)
Producer
A Hologram for the King (2016)
Producer
Ithaca (2016)
Executive Producer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
Producer
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Producer
Parkland (2013)
Producer
Game Change (2012)
Executive Producer
Larry Crowne (2011)
Producer
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Producer
My Life in Ruins (2009)
Executive Producer
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Producer
City of Ember (2008)
Producer
Boone's Lick (2008)
Producer
Surfer, Dude (2008)
Producer
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Producer
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Producer
Evan Almighty (2007)
Executive Producer
The Ant Bully (2006)
Producer
Starter For 10 (2006)
Producer
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
Executive Producer
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)
Producer
The Polar Express (2004)
Producer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Producer
Beloved (1998)
Producer
Storefront Hitchcock (1998)
Executive Producer
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Producer
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Producer
Philadelphia (1993)
Executive Producer
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Producer
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Executive Producer
Miami Blues (1990)
Producer
Modern Girls (1986)
Producer
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Everlasting Piece (2000)
Song
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Song
Philadelphia (1993)
Song Performer ("All The Way")
Queens Logic (1991)
Music Supervision
Freejack (1991)
Music Consultant
Point Break (1991)
Music Supervisor
A Shock to the System (1990)
Music Supervisor
Miami Blues (1990)
Music ("Island Blues" "Floatin")
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Music Supervisor
The Hot Spot (1990)
Music Supervisor
Lost Angels (1989)
Music Supervisor
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)
Music Supervisor
Little Monsters (1989)
Music Supervisor
Married To The Mob (1988)
Music Supervisor
And God Created Woman (1988)
Music Supervisor
The Rescue (1988)
Song
Dominick And Eugene (1988)
Song
Colors (1988)
Music
The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
Music Supervisor
Married To The Mob (1988)
Song
Something Wild (1986)
Song Performer
Something Wild (1986)
Music
Fright Night (1985)
Song
Swing Shift (1984)
Song

Sound (Feature Film)

Stop Making Sense (1984)
Sound Rerecording Mixer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Special Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

True Love (1989)
Assistant

Producer (Special)

We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company (2001)
Co-Executive Producer

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Pacific (2010)
Executive Producer
John Adams (2008)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1967

As child actor, played Dick Van Dyke's son in feature film "Divorce American Style"

1974

First collaboration with Jonathan Demme, production manager on Demme's directorial debut "Caged Heat"; also acted

1978

Wrote theme music for syndicated series "Hot City Disco"

1980

Had bit role in Demme's "Melvin and Howard"

1984

Appeared in Demme's "Swing Shift"

1984

Produced the concert film directed by Demme, "Stop Making Sense"

1986

Introduced character of lounge singer Guido Paonessa in Demme's "Something Wild"

1990

Produced "Miami Blues"; also played bit part

1991

Executive produced Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs"

1993

With Tom Hanks, formed Clavius Base, a production company

1993

Reprised role of Guido Paonessa in Demme's "Philadelphia"; also executive produced

1995

Produced (with Jesse Beaton) "Devil in a Blue Dress"

1996

Produced Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!"; also contributed several songs

1997

Signed three-year, first-look production deal with Universal under Clavius Base

1998

Served as a producer on "Beloved"

2001

With Tom Hanks, co-produced the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"

2002

Produced the surprise hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

2004

Produced Robert Zemeckis' animated film "The Polar Express"

2006

Produced the HBO series "Big Love

2007

Produced "Charlie Wilson's War," starring Tom Hanks

2008

Co-executive produced (with Tom Hanks) the HBO miniseries "John Adams"

2010

Re-teamed with Tom Hanks to produce the HBO miniseries The Pacific"

Videos

Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - Somebody Loved Him Examining a victim of the killer Buffalo Bill, trainee agent Starling (Jodie Foster) dictates notes, confers with supervisor Crawford (Scott Glenn), then takes the pupa found in the body to bug scientists (not specified here, but at the Smithsonian, in the Thomas Harris novel) Roden and Pilcher (Dan Butler, Paul Lazar), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You're Not Real FBI Are You? The famous often-imitated scene by director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, supported by Barney (Frankie Faison) and assaulted by Miggs (Stuart Rudin), meets genius serial killer Dr. Hannibal (“the cannibal”) Lecter in his cell, with shocking rude language, from the Thomas Harris novel, early in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - He'll Never Stop Having flown into rural West Virginia following the discovery of another victim of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, top FBI profiler Crawford (Scott Glenn) grills his trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) before they reach a funeral home, meeting a local sheriff (Pat McNamara), stirring her memories, in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Spook Easily? Shooting on site at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, joining director Jonathan Demme’s opening, Jodie Foster in her Academy Award-winning role as trainee agent Clarice Starling is summoned by behavioral science boss Crawford (Scott Glenn), in the Best Picture winner based on the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Divorce American Style (1967) - The Sunday Father Divorcee Nelson Downes (Jason Robards Jr.) is lying in wait at the bowling alley, where Richard (Dick Van Dyke) has taken his sons (Tim Matheson, from Animal House, and Gary Goetzman, the noted producer) on their first post-separation date, in Divorce American Style, 1967.

Trailer

Family

Greg M Goetzman
Brother
Born on November 30, 1961.

Bibliography