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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.[2][3] In 2016, he produced The Magnificent Seven.

Roger Birnbaum
Born (1950-11-14) November 14, 1950 (age 68)[1]
Spouse(s)Pamela West (divorced)
Leslie Lopez
Partner(s)Teri Garr (1979–1983)
ChildrenClaire Birnbaum Block
Parent(s)Arlene Steinlauf Birnbaum
Norman Birnbaum

He has since founded two production companies, Pin High Productions and Cave 76 Productions.[4][5]


Early lifeEdit

Birnbaum was born to a Jewish family[6] in Teaneck, New Jersey,[7] the son of Arlene (née Steinlauf) and Norman Birnbaum.[6] 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.[6] Birnbaum graduated from Teaneck High School[7] and attended the University of Denver.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

His first wife was Pamela West;[9] they had one daughter Claire Birnbaum Block (born 1987).[10] He married then-restaurant guest relations manager Leslie Lopez in 2013.[11][12]

He was previously in a seven-year relationship with actress Teri Garr.[13]


Year Title Notes
1984 When Your Lover Leaves producer
1985 Scandal Sheet producer
The Sure Thing producer
1987 Who's That Girl producer
Bay Coven executive producer
1988 Rain Man special thanks
1993 The Three Musketeers producer
1994 Angie executive producer
Angels in the Outfield producer
A Low Down Dirty Shame producer
1995 Houseguest producer
The Jerky Boys producer
Heavyweights producer
Tall Tale producer
While You Were Sleeping producer
The Big Green producer
Dead Presidents special thanks
Powder producer
1996 Before and After executive producer
Celtic Pride producer
First Kid producer
The Rich Man's Wife producer
Maximum Risk executive producer
1997 Metro producer
The Beautician and the Beast executive producer
Grosse Point Blank producer
Gone Fishin' producer
G.I. Jane producer
Washington Square producer
RocketMan producer
Angels in the Endzone executive producer
Flash executive producer
1998 Overnight Delivery executive producer
Six Days, Seven Nights producer
Simon Birch producer
Rush Hour producer
Holy Man producer
1999 Inspector Gadget producer
2000 Angels in the Infield executive producer
Keeping the Faith executive producer
Shanghai Noon producer
Unbreakable executive producer
2001 Rush Hour 2 producer
Out Cold executive producer
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo producer
Dragonfly producer
Abandon producer
Reign of Fire producer
2003 Criminology 101 executive producer
The Recruit producer
Shanghai Knights producer
Inspector Gadget 2 executive producer
Bruce Almighty executive producer
Seabiscuit executive producer
One Love executive producer
2004 The Perfect Score producer
Connie and Carla producer
The Ranch executive producer
Mr. 3000 producer
Weekends executive producer
2005 The Pacifier producer
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy producer
The Legend of Zorro executive producer
Memoirs of a Geisha executive producer
2006 Eight Below executive producer
Stay Alive executive producer
Stick It executive producer
2007 The Lookout producer
The Invisible producer
Evan Almighty producer
Rush Hour 3 producer
Underdog producer
Balls of Fury producer
2008 27 Dresses producer
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins executive producer
The Ruins executive producer
The Happening executive producer
The Love Guru executive producer
Wanted executive producer
Ghost Town executive producer
Flash of Genius producer
Four Christmases producer
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra executive producer
Invictus executive producer
2010 Leap Year producer
Dinner for Schmucks executive producer
The Tourist producer
2011 No Strings Attached executive producer
Footloose executive producer
2012 The Vow producer
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation executive producer
2014 RoboCop executive producer
2016 The Magnificent Seven producer
2018 Death Wish producer
2019 Glass executive producer
The Hustle producer
Know Your Enemy executive producer


  1. ^ "Roger Birnbaum Biography (1950?-)". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  2. ^ "The Tourist". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Rush Hour 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Executive Suite: Inside Roger Birnbaum's Pin High Productions Office". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  5. ^ "ABOUT US". Cave 76 Productions.
  6. ^ a b c "Norman Birnbaum - Obituary". The New York Times. republished at October 2, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Spelling, Ian (June 1, 2011). "Let the Lion Roar: Teaneck native Roger Birnbaum shines brightly in Hollywood". (201) magazine; 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.
  8. ^ "Advisory Board Biographies". 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.
  9. ^ "Lorand West Obituary". Los Angeles Times. republished online at July 13, 2008.
  10. ^ "Going Steady".; 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...
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ "41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks - Red Carpet". June 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018. Leslie Lopez Birnbaum ... and Roger Birnbaum
  13. ^ 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.

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