Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore , Maryland ) is an American film director . For Rain Man , he won the 1989 Oscar for Best Director .


The son of a businessman studied radio and television journalism at American University . During his studies Levinson had various television jobs in Baltimore. In order to finally work in the film and television industry, he went to Los Angeles without a degree and took acting classes . His first jobs as a comedian in comedy clubs brought him to writing screenplays.

In the early 1970s he began writing scripts for sitcoms and movies, which were realized by Mel Brooks , among others . He made his directorial debut in 1982 with American Diner . In 1989 he won the Oscar for Best Director for Rain Man . Although he repeatedly landed flops such as Toys , Avalon or Sphere - The Power from Space in his career , he also often achieved spectacular successes such as Rain Man and Bandits! .

Many of his films are set in the city of his youth, Baltimore: American Diner , Tin Men , Avalon, and Liberty Heights . In 1990 he founded Baltimore Pictures with producer Mark Johnson .

Levinson is married for the second time and has two biological sons. Sam Levinson works as a screenwriter and director.







  • Daniel Remsperger: [Article] Barry Levinson. In: Thomas Koebner (Ed.): Film directors. Biographies, descriptions of works, filmographies. 3rd, updated and expanded edition. Reclam, Stuttgart 2008 [1. Edition 1999], ISBN 978-3-15-010662-4 , pp. 439-441 [with references].
  • Astrid Meirose and Volker Pruß: [Article] Diner. In: Thomas Koebner with the assistance of Kerstin-Luise Neumann (Hrsg.): Film classics. Descriptions and Comments. Reclam, Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-15-030011-8 , Vol. 4, pp. 13-15.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Hans Michael Bock: Lexicon directors and cameramen from A – Z , rororo, Reinbek 1999, p. 287
  2. ^ Barbarians from Romania win the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF . Retrieved July 10, 2018.