Bob Balaban

American actor, director and producer

Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an American actor, author, producer, and director who is known for his roles in Moonrise Kingdom, Gosford Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Best in Show, Lady in the Water, and as his guest-staring roles as Russell Dalrymple in Seinfeld and Frank Buffay, Sr. in Friends.

Balaban in April 2012

Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois[1] to a Jewish family.[2] His grandparents were Russian immagrants who came to Chicago.[3] Balaban studied at Colgate University and at New York University. He has been married to Lynn Grossman since 1977. They had two children, Hazel and Mariah. He is Jewish. Balaban now lives in Manhattan, New York.


  1. Bob Balaban Biography (1945-) at
  2. Pine, Dan (2004-09-24). "Hooked on 'Addicted'". The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  3. P., Ken. "An Interview with Bob Balaban". IGN. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-12-29.

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