Barry Levinson - Famous Screenwriter

Barry Levinson Net Worth


Barry Levinson is an American writer, director, producer, and actor with a net worth of $150 million. He is famous for directing acclaimed films such as ‘Rain Man’ (1988), for which he won an Academy Award, and ‘Bugsy’ (1991), as well as producing numerous successful movies throughout his career.

Key facts:

  • Barry Levinson is an American writer, director, producer, and actor.
  • He won an Academy Award for directing the film 'Rain Man' in 1988.
  • Levinson has directed several successful films, including 'Diner', 'The Natural', 'Good Morning, Vietnam', 'Bugsy', and 'Wag the Dog'.
  • He has also served as an executive producer on various television series, including 'Homicide: Life on the Streets' and 'Shades of Blue'.
  • In addition to his career in the film industry, Barry Levinson has published a novel titled 'Sixty-Six' in 2003.

Basic Information About Barry Levinson

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Directors
ProfessionsFilm director, Film Producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer, Television Director
Net worth$150,000,000
Date of birth1942-04-06 (82 years old)
Place of birthBaltimore
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksAll of the films directed by Levinson have featured character actor Ralph Tabakin in a small role.
Films set in his home town of in Baltimore, Maryland: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990) and Liberty Heights (1999).
Frequently casts Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman
Film editing by Stu Linder in the majority of his films.
Often works with Al Pacino
Height5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

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Barry Levinson awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Golden Berlin Bear - WinnerRain Man1989
CΓ©sar - Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film Γ©tranger)NomineeRain Man1990
David - Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)WinnerRain Man1989
DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesWinnerRain Man1989
Truly Moving Picture Award - WinnerRain Man1988
Jupiter Award - Best International FilmWinnerRain Man1989
Readers' Choice Award - Best Foreign Language FilmWinnerRain Man1990
Readers' Choice Award - Best Foreign Language FilmWinnerRain Man1990
Truly Moving Picture Award - WinnerThe Natural1984
Hochi Film Award - Best Foreign Language FilmWinnerThe Natural1984
Oscar - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenNomineeDiner1983
LAFCA Award - Best ScreenplayNomineeDiner1982
NYFCC Award - Best ScreenplayNomineeDiner1982
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenNomineeDiner1983
Golden Berlin Bear - NomineeToys1993
Razzie Award - Worst DirectorNomineeToys1993
Stinker Award - Worst PictureNomineeToys1992
Silver Berlin Bear - Special Jury PrizeWinnerWag the Dog1998
OFTA Film Award - Best Comedy/Musical PictureNomineeWag the Dog1998
People's Choice Award - Midnight MadnessNomineeThe Bay2012
Felix - Best DirectorNomineeBugsy2012
Golden Berlin Bear - NomineeBugsy1992
DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesNomineeBugsy1992
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenNomineeSilent Movie1977
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama SeriesWinnerHomicide: Life on the Street1993
DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series - NightNomineeHomicide: Life on the Street1994
IDA Award - Continuing SeriesWinner30 for 302010

Barry Levinson roles

Movie / Series Role
Rain ManDirector
Rain ManDoctor (uncredited)
Here TodayBarry Levinson
Bee MovieMartin Benson (voice)
The NaturalDirector
Young Sherlock HolmesDirector
Good Morning, VietnamDirector
Wag the DogDirector
Wag the DogMan at a movie studio (uncredited)
...and justice for all.Writer
History of the World: Part IColumn Salesman - The Roman Empire
The BayDirector
The BayWriter
High AnxietyWriter
High AnxietyBellboy
BugsyCasting director (uncredited)
Quiz ShowDave Garroway
What Just HappenedDirector
Rock the KasbahDirector
Silent MovieWriter
Silent MovieExecutive
Man of the YearDirector
Man of the YearWriter
Harry HaftDirector
The Larry Sanders ShowBarry Levinson 1 episode, 1993
Shades of BlueDirector
The Carol Burnett ShowWriter
The Carol Burnett ShowWriter
Homicide: Life on the StreetDirector
Homicide: Life on the StreetWriter
Homicide: Life on the StreetSelf 1 episode, 1997
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf - Guest 1 episode, 1992

Barry Levinson's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Rain ManΒ (1988)$2,500,000 +% of gross
BanditsΒ (2001)$10,000,000

Barry Levinson's Quotes

  • It gets harder and harder to make movies about human beings. These movies are like an endangered species. Everything is "simplify, simplify" now. How many movies have sub-plots anymore?
  • We're talking about a very strange time (in Hollywood), to be honest. Writing by committee becomes much less about a vision. It is really about a piece of merchandise. We excuse movies like Independence Day (1996) that really lack logic and say, "It doesn't make any sense, but it's a ride". I thought a movie was a movie and a ride was a ride.
  • [on what has changed since Wag the Dog (1997) and its media critique] "Wag" is not some kind of documentary, it's just looking at the tools that are available. Now you've got more tools, you've got social media and you just post stories through all types of back channels that can get some traction. The public doesn't know what to believe anymore. We don't know what stories are supposedly true, this idea of 'fake news.' We watch it on what I guess you would call a split-focus. It's half entertainment and half mystery. We can't make sense out of it. There's too many events that happen now where we can't make any sense out of it, whatsoever. You can create images on social media that look 100 percent believable, but they're not. Not to mention all the stories that you read. If you create a visual that actually captures the imagination, it will look real and that will spread at such lightning speed that by the time it's found out, it has already done its damage. It's a very, very scary time that we're living in. I say it's an age of absurdity. [Karlovy Vary, 2018]
  • [on Toys (1992)] It became a point with people to say, "Oh-ho, I hated the movie and this is what he wanted to do for 12 years". The level of the anger is something I don't know how to relate to. That I wanted to make the movie that badly - should they be angry about that? And maybe there is a very thin line between something you really believe in and something that is a self-indulgence. But if you don't take risks then people will just keep turning out the same movies over and over again. You cannot do a comedy in America that is not just a sitcom extension. An absurdist sensibility is not something that studios are comfortable with. The only fantasy cinema to emerge in Hollywood is the kind that's already part of American culture. Whatever is going on in the visual design, Batman (1989) is an extension of the comic books. The Addams Family (1991) comes from the television show. That makes them mainstream film-making in the sense that you have a pre-sold item which America will buy. On the other hand if you take Brazil (1985), or Edward Scissorhands (1990), that are not based on an existing cultural phenomenon, it's much more difficult for them to succeed.

Interesting Facts about Barry Levinson

  1. Since 1991, has been working on a documentary about the friends he grew up with in Baltimore in the 1950s.
  2. Has homes in southern California, Connecticut, New York and Annapolis, Maryland.
  3. Stepfather of Michelle Levinsonand Patrick Levinson.
  4. Attended the same high school (Forest Park in Baltimore) as ''Mama' Cass Elliot' and Spiro Agnew.
  5. His films often take place in the past: Diner (1982); The Natural (1984) ; Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); Bugsy (1991); Avalon (1990); Sleepers (1996) and An Everlasting Piece (2000).
  6. Wife Diana is a painter.
  7. Living in New York and Connecticut.
  8. Father of actor, writer, director Sam Levinson and Jack Levinson.
  9. Directed 6 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Glenn Close, Warren Beatty, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams. Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance in Levinson's Rain Man (1988).
  10. Graduated from Forest Park High School in the Forest Park neighborhood of Baltimore: other famous alumni from Forest Park High School include former U.S. vice president Spiro Agnew, actor Thomas Beck and actress Margaret Hayes.
  11. Met and interviewed the late John Lennon in New York City, in 1980.
  12. Jason Croot was screen tested for Barry Levinson in 2008.
  13. His parents were both of Russian Jewish descent.
  14. For the AFI publication "Private Screenings" Levinson chose Karl Freund The Mummy (1932) as his favorite film.
  15. During an interview with comedian Gilbert Gottfried at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Levinson recounted that he first became involved with show business in 1968, when he reluctantly accompanied his friend George to an acting class. As Levinson became more and more interested in the class, his friend's interest waned and the two eventually lost touch when Levinson relocated to be closer to the film and television industry. He had no idea what became of George until he saw the film, Blow (2001), in which he learned that his friend, portrayed by Johnny Depp, became the largest cocaine dealer in America. The two reconnected following Jung's 2015 release from prison, when Jung recounted watching Levinson at the Oscars during his incarceration.
  16. Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special category for Paterno (2018), but lost to Ryan Murphy for American Crime Story: The Man Who Would Be Vogue (2018).
  17. As of 2019, he appeared as an actor in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Rain Man (1988), Bugsy (1991) and Quiz Show (1994). Of those, Rain Man (1988) is a winner in the category and Levinson won an Oscar as Best Director.
  18. Has directed one Emmy Award-winning performance: Al Pacino in You Don't Know Jack (2010).

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