Who's Who: Entertainment Industry Biographies


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Ben Affleck

Actor, Writer, Director, Producer. b. Berkeley, CA, Aug. 15, 1972. Began acting at age 8. Brother is Casey Affleck.

PICTURES: The Dark End of the Street, School Ties, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dazed and Confused, I Killed My Lesbian Wife Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney (dir. only), Mallrats, Glory Daze, Going All the Way, Office Killer, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting (also s.p., Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, WGA Award 1998), Phantoms, Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, 200 Cigarettes, Forces of Nature, Dogma, Boiler Room, Reindeer Games, Bounce, The Third Wheel ( also prod.), Daddy and Them, Pearl Harbor, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Changing Lanes, Stolen Summer (prod. only) Crossing Cords (exec. prod. only), The Sum of All Fears, The Third Wheel (also exec. prod.), Speak Easy (exec. prod.) Daredevil, Gigli, Tough Love, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, The Battle of Shaker Heights (prod. & exec. prod.), Surviving Christmas, Man About Town, Feast (exec. prod. only), Hollywoodland (Golden Globe nom. 2007), Smokin Aces, Gone, Baby, Gone (prod., writer, dir.), Extract, He’s Just Not That Into You, State of Play, Extract, The Company Men, The Town (also dir., s.p.).

TELEVISION: Movies: Wanted: The Perfect Guy, Hands of a Stranger, Daddy, SNL Fanatic, All Grown Up (exec. prod.). Series: Voyage of the Mimi, Against the Grain, Lifestories: Families in Crisis (Emmy nom. 1995), Project Greenlight (Emmy nom. 2002), Project Greenlight 2 (Emmy nom. 2004), Project Greenlight 3 (Emmy nom. 2005), The Second Voyage of the Mimi, Push, Nevada (exec. prod./writer). Specials: A People’s History of the United States (prod. only).

Guest: More than 129 appearances.

Gary Barber

Executive, Producer. Barber spent seven years at Price Waterhouse as a member of the entertainment specialty group. From Price Waterhouse, Barber served at Producers Sales Organizations. He became pres. of Vestron International Group, which was the largest independent video company in the world. During his tenure at Vestron, Barber acquired and distributed many international hits including The Princess Bride, Young Guns, Hamburger Hill, and Dirty Dancing. From Vestron, Barber became the vice chairman and COO of Morgan Creek Productions. During his eight and a half years at the company, he was in charge of all day-to-day operations for each of Morgan Creeks business entities including feature film production, foreign distribution, music, exhibition and interactive. In 1998, Barber, with partner Roger Birnbaum, founded Spyglass Entertainment, where he currently is co-chairman and co-CEO with Birnbaum. Barber has produced or executive produced over 50 feature films and TV shows including the 1994 hit that rocketed Jim Carrey to stardom, -Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,- and its successful sequel, -Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.- Spyglass has enjoyed phenomenal box office success with films like The Sixth Sense, which grossed over $661 million and garnered six Academy Award® nominations. Spyglass funds three to four films a year through its partnership with J.P. Morgan Chase bank and has had distribution deals with major studios, including its current deal with Columbia Pictures.

PICTURES: Midnight Crossing (exec. prod.), Communion (exec. prod.), Young Guns II (co-exec. prod.), Pacific Heights (exec. prod.), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (exec. prod.), Freejack (exec. prod.), White Sands (exec. prod.), Stay Tuned (exec. prod.), The Crush (exec. prod.), True Romance, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (exec. prod.), Chasers (exec. prod.), Major League II (exec. prod.), Silent Fall (exec. prod.), Trial by Jury (exec. prod.), Imaginary Crimes (exec. prod.), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (exec. prod.), Two if by Sea (exec. prod.), Big Bully (exec. prod.), Diabolique (exec. prod.), Bad Moon (exec. prod.), Wild America (exec. prod.), Incognito (exec. prod.), Major League: Back to the Minors (exec. prod.), Wrongfully Accused (exec. prod.), Keeping the Faith, Shanghai Noon, Unbreakable (exec. prod.), Out Cold (exec. prod.), The Count of Monte Cristo, Dragonfly, Abandon, The Recruit, Reign of Fire, Shanghai Knights, Bruce Almighty (exec. prod.), Seabiscuit (exec. prod.), 1 Love (exec. prod.), Mr. 3000, Connie and Carla, Four Christmases, The Pacifier, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Legend of Zorro, Memoirs of a Geisha (exec. prod.), Balls of Fury, The Invisible, Stay Alive (exec. prod.), Eight Below (exec. prod.), Stick It (exec. prod.), Evan Almighty, Underdog, 27 Dresses, Wanted (exec. prod.), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (exec. prod.), The Love Guru (exec. prod.), Ghost Town (exec. prod.), Flash of Genius, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (exec. prod.), Invictus (exec. prod.), Leap Year, The Tourist, Dinner for Schmucks (exec. prod.), No Strings Attached (exec. prod.), Footloose, The Vow.

TELEVISION: Movies: Not a Clue, Weekends, The Ranch. Series: Miracles.

Meryl Streep

Actress. r.n. Mary Louise Streep. b. Summit, NJ, June 22, 1949.
e. Vassar. Acted for a season with traveling theatre co. in VT. Awarded scholarship to Yale Drama School, 1972.

NY stage debut: Trelawny of the Wells (1975) with New York Shakespeare Fest. Appeared in 1984 documentary In Our Hands.

THEATRE: Off-B'way: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Theatre World Award), A Memory of Two Mondays, Secret Service, Henry V, (NY Shakespeare Fest.), Measure for Measure (NYSF), The Cherry Orchard, Happy End (B'way debut, 1977), The Taming of the Shrew (NYSF), Taken in Marriage, Alice in Concert, Isn't It Romantic?

PICTURES: Julia (debut, 1977), The Deer Hunter (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1979), Manhattan, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Kramer vs. Kramer (Academy Award, best supporting actress, Golden Globe Award, 1983), The French Lieutenant's Woman (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 1982), Still of the Night, Sophie's Choice (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, 1982), Silkwood (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1984), Falling in Love, Plenty, Out of Africa (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1986), Heartburn, Ironweed (Academy Award nom. 1988), A Cry in the Dark (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1989), She- Devil (Golden Globe nom. 1990), Postcards From the Edge (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1991), Defending Your Life, Death Becomes Her (Golden Globe nom. 1993), The House of the Spirits, The River Wild (Golden Globe nom. 1995), The Bridges of Madison County (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1996), Before and After, Marvin's Room (Golden Globe nom. 1997), One True Thing (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1999), Antz (voice), Dancing at Lughnasa, Music of the Heart (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2000), Artificial Intelligence: AI (voice), Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, The Papp Project, The Hours (Golden Globe nom. 2003), Adaptation (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2003), The Manchurian Candidate (Golden Globe nom. 2005), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prime, The Devil Wears Prada (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2007), A Prairie Home Companion, Ant Bully (voice), The Ant Bully (voice), Dark Matter, Evening, Rendition, Lions for Lambs, The Last Station, First Man, Dirty Tricks, Mamma Mia! (also soundtrack performer, Golden Globe nom. 2009), A Question of Mercy, Julie & Julia (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2010), Doubt (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2009), The Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice), It's Complicated (Golden Globe nom. 2010), The Iron Lady, Great Hope Springs.

TELEVISION: Movies: Secret Service, The Deadliest Season, Uncommon Women...And Others, Alice at the Palace, First Do No Harm (Emmy nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1997). Mini-series: Holocaust (Emmy Award, 1978). Angels in America (Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award 2004). Series: Web Therapy. Documentaries/Specials (PBS): Secret Service, Uncommon Women and Others, Age 7 in America (host), Freedom: A History of Us.

Guest: More than 186 appearances.