Bob Balaban

Acclaimed Actor, Writer, Director & Producer

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Balaban speaks about finding and utilizing creativity in business and in life. Witty and insightful, Balaban reveals how an individual does not need to fall into the “right-brain/left-brain” stigma; rather, the most interesting careers combine both. In a separate program, Balaban takes the audience inside the world of Hollywood and the funny, sometimes crazy events that take place in the entertainment industry. A product of Old Hollywood – Balaban’s family owned Paramount until the late 60′s – he also shares charming anecdotes about growing up in “the business” and being the only descendant of seven moguls to venture to the creative side of the entertainment industry.

About Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban’s familiar, bespectacled face can be seen in such highly-acclaimed films as Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and the Oscar-nominated film Gosford Park, which he also produced. He is perhaps most recognizable for his hilarious recurring role on Seinfeld as the head executive of NBC who accepts, then declines, then accepts again the pilot written by George and Jerry. Most recently, Balaban starred opposite George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men, adapted from the best-selling book by Robert Edsel (GTN Exclusive). Directed by Clooney, The Monuments Men follows a motley group of historians, scholars, and art curators whose mission it is to save the world’s most precious works from Nazi looters and devastation during WWII.

Aside from his prolific acting credits, Balaban also produced and directed The Exonerated, a hit Off-Broadway and nationally touring play that received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and was rated the #1 play by The New York Times. He also directed a star studded cast in the television adaption of The Exonerated for Court TV, headed by Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Balaban is also noted for his appearance with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the 2005 Academy Award winning film Capote.

Speech Topics

  • Being There: Lessons on Being Present for Your Own Life
  • Inside Hollywood: Funny Stories About The Industry
  • Right Brain, Left Brain: How to Find Creativity in Business and Life

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