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Gary Michael Goetzman (born November 6, 1952) is an American film and television producer,[2] and co-founder of Playtone with actor Tom Hanks.

Gary Goetzman
Executive Producers Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman pose for pictures on the red carpet at HBO's Hollywood premiere for 'The Pacific' at Grauman's Chinese Theater Feb. 24
Gary Michael Goetzman[1]

(1952-11-06) November 6, 1952 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationProducer, actor
Years active1967–present


Life and careerEdit

Born in Los Angeles, Goetzman began his career as a child actor.

In 1984, he produced the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense with director Jonathan Demme. That initiated a successful run as a music supervisor, on such films as Something Wild, Colors, Modern Girls and Married to the Mob, among many others.[3] In 1991, producer Goetzman and director Demme again collaborated to make The Silence of the Lambs, which garnered the top five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In 1993, Goetzman was executive producer of Demme's Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, beginning a working relationship with Hanks. Goetzman co-produced Hanks's 1996 directorial debut, That Thing You Do!. The two then co-founded The Playtone Company in 1998. Since then, Goetzman has produced hit films including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Polar Express, Charlie Wilson's War and Mamma Mia!. Goetzman has also received several Emmy Awards for HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Game Change and Olive Kitteridge.

Aside from producing films, Goetzman has been known to play small parts in movies he is connected to.

He has also enjoyed a successful parallel career as a music composer and producer, working with such artists as Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jane Child, Thelma Houston, and The Staples Singers.

He currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.[4]

Goetzman is executive producer (with Tom Hanks and Mark Herzog) of the CNN exclusive documentary miniseries The Sixties (2014), The Seventies (2015) and The Eighties (2016).



  1. ^ "Gary Goetzman".
  2. ^ "Gary Goetzman". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Gary Goetzman Profile: Biography, Filmography & Photos – Yahoo! Movies UK
  4. ^ "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Retrieved October 23, 2012.

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