Barry Levinson Biography

Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Screenwriter (1942–)
Film director Barry Levinson earned acclaim for projects like 'Diner' (1982) and 'The Natural' (1984), and won an Oscar for 'Rain Man' (1988).


Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) began his entertainment career as an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer for Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks in the 1970s. After working on the TV movie Peeping Times, he made his big-screen directorial debut with Diner (1982). A series of acclaimed projects followed, including The Natural (1984) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). His 1988 film Rain Man earned him an Academy Award for best director. He's continued to work with big-name stars like Warren Beatty and Robin Williams on later films such as Bugsy (1991), Sleepers (1996), Man of the Year (2006) and Rock the Kasbah (2015). 

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