Born and raised in Baltimore, Levinson has used his hometown as the setting for several of his films, including 1999's acclaimed feature Liberty Heights. His more recent directing credits include the widely praised crime comedy Bandits, starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett; the Oscar-nominated political satire Wag the Dog, starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Anne Heche; and the science fiction thriller Sphere, also starring Hoffman.
He has also directed such memorable films as The Natural, Young Sherlock Holmes, Good Morning, Vietnam and Disclosure. In addition, he wrote and directed Sleepers, Jimmy Hollywood, Toys and Tin Men. His other screenwriting credits include the Mel Brooks comedies Silent Movie and High Anxiety, as well as Inside Moves, Best Friends and Unfaithfully Yours.
In 1998, Levinson partnered with Paula Weinstein to form Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures. The company enjoyed success with several releases, including the comedy smash Analyze This, teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, and its sequel Analyze That; and the real-life drama The Perfect Storm, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. In addition, Levinson has produced or executive produced such films as Donnie Brasco, and Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford.
For his television work, Levinson won an Emmy Award for Best Director for an episode of the series Homicide: Life on the Street, which he executive produced.
Levinson will next direct My Italian Story, a drama set in World War II Italy.
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Barry Levinson Facts
|Occupation||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
|Birthday||April 6, 1942 (81)|
|Birthplace||Baltimore, Maryland, USA|
|Awards||1989 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Rain Man)|
|Good Morning, Vietnam|
|Wag The Dog|
|Shades of Blue: Season One|
|ESPN Films 30 for 30: Five-Year Anniversary Collection BD|