Roger Birnbaum (born November 14, 1950) is an American film producer who owns the company Spyglass Entertainment, and was co-CEO and co-chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His two greatest box office hits as producer have been Rush Hour 2 and The Tourist which grossed US$347,325,802 and US$278,346,189 worldwide respectively. In 2016, he produced The Magnificent Seven.
|Born||November 14, 1950|
|Spouse(s)||Pamela West (divorced)|
|Partner(s)||Teri Garr (1979–1983)|
|Children||Claire Birnbaum Block|
|Parent(s)||Arlene Steinlauf Birnbaum|
Birnbaum was born to a Jewish family in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of Arlene (née Steinlauf) and Norman Birnbaum. His father was a World War II veteran who went into the embroidery business with his father after the war, and used his profits in 1967 to build the Stonehenge, a residential building in New Jersey. Birnbaum graduated from Teaneck High School and attended the University of Denver.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
- As an actor
|1998||Making Sandwiches||Hollywood Type||Short film|
|1988||Rain Man||Special thanks|
|1995||Dead Presidents||Special thanks|
|When Your Lover Leaves||Television film|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Executive producer|
|1985||Scandal Sheet||Television film|
|Happily Ever After||Television film|
|1987||Bay Coven||Television film|
|1997||Angels in the Endzone||Television film|
|2000||Angels in the Infield||Television film|
|Criminology 101||Television film|
|2004||The Ranch||Television film|
- Production manager
|1979||Music for UNICEF Concert||Television special|
Executive in charge of production
|The Bee Gees Special||Television special|
Executive in charge of production
- "Roger Birnbaum Biography (1950?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
- "The Tourist". Box Office Mojo.
- "Rush Hour 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Executive Suite: Inside Roger Birnbaum's Pin High Productions Office". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "ABOUT US". Cave 76 Productions.
- "Norman Birnbaum - Obituary". The New York Times. republished at legacy.com. October 2, 2007.
- Spelling, Ian (June 1, 2011). "Let the Lion Roar: Teaneck native Roger Birnbaum shines brightly in Hollywood". (201) magazine; Bergen.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
Much of the producer’s touch, the instinct that drives Birnbaum to financially back a script or to help nurture a pitch into a script and then into a feature, and his overall taste as a filmmaker, can be traced back to his formative years in Teaneck. He was raised there and attended Teaneck High School.
- "Advisory Board Biographies". ucsb.edu. Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media, University of California, Santa Barbara. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
- "Lorand West Obituary". Los Angeles Times. republished online at legacy.com. July 13, 2008.
- "Going Steady". issuu.com; C Magazine. January 1, 2013. p. 114. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
Claire Birnbaum and Eric Block ... husband and wife... Roger Birnbaum (then co-CEO of MGM) gave away his little girl...
- THR Staff (January 10, 2013). "Warner Bros.' Courtney Simmons Weds, 'CSI:NY' Actor A.J. Buckley Engaged: Hitched, Hatched, Hired". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
Producer Roger Birnbaum became engaged to ... Leslie Lopez ... on Dec. 15
- "41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks - Red Carpet". gettyimages.ie. June 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
Leslie Lopez Birnbaum ... and Roger Birnbaum
- Garr, Teri (October 30, 1988). "Is Teri Garr Serious When She Says She Isn't Serious? On Tour, The Actress Drops Her Comedic Guard". Chicago Tribune. Interviewed by Johanna Steinmetz.
Well, I lived with two men, one for seven years, the other for five. I was with Birnbaum (Roger Birnbaum, an independent producer) for seven. That was like a marriage.