Before James Toback
gained his extensive experience as producer, director and actor, he started his career as a teacher. After earning degrees from both Harvard and Columbia, Toback served as an English instructor at CCNY. There he became close friends with football star Jim Brown
. Brown became the subject of Toback's 1971 book "Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir of the Great Jim Brown." The book brought Toback to the attention of Hollywood producers, and culminated in his first screenplay credit for 1974's The Gambler
. In 1977, Toback turned director with Fingers
(starring Jim Brown).
James Toback went on to direct and write Harvard Man (2001), Black and White (1999), Love In Paris (1999), Two Girls and a Guy (1997), The Big Bang (1989), The Pick-Up Artist (1987), Exposed (1983), Love and Money (1982), and Fingers (1978). He also wrote Beyond the Sea (2004), Bugsy (1991) and The Gambler (1974). As an actor, Toback has appeared in Death of a Dynasty (2003), Black and White, Giving It Up (1999), Bugsy, Alice (1990), and Exposed. Both Exposed and Love and Money were also produced by Toback.
: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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James Toback Facts
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|Two Girls And A Guy|
|Black And White|
|When Will I Be Loved|
|The Pick-up Artist|
|Pick Up Artist|
|Love & Money|