Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson

American film director.
Date of Birth: 02.06.1942
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Barry Levinson
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Filmography
  5. As a producer: - 1993-1999: "Homicide: Life on the Street"

Biography of Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson, an American film director, was born on April 6, 1942, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a talented Hollywood cinematographer, known for his work as a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. In 1989, he received the prestigious Academy Award.

Barry Levinson

Early Life and Education

Levinson attended the American University, where he pursued his studies. Although he began his career writing scripts for television comedies and continues to write, direct, and produce comedic films, he gained fame for his serious, yet humor-filled, dramatic movies.

Barry Levinson


Levinson's first feature film as a director was "Diner" (1982), which depicted a group of boys growing up in Baltimore in the late 1950s. While his debut did not achieve great success, his subsequent films, "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987) featuring Robin Williams as an overly cheerful army radio host and "Rain Man" (1988) starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic person, brought him worldwide recognition.

In the following years, Levinson directed a series of critically acclaimed films with top Hollywood actors, such as "Bugsy" (with Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, and Harvey Keitel), "Disclosure" (with Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, and Donald Sutherland), "Sleepers" (with Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Brad Pitt), "Wag the Dog" (with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman), and others.

Levinson is known as a director who allows actors to fully showcase their talent without relying on flashy special effects or pretentious directing techniques. Unlike his own screenplays, the stories he chooses for his serious directorial works often involve non-trivial and truly dramatic conflicts. Many of his films take place in the past and are based, to some extent, on real events, such as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Bugsy," and "Sleepers."

In 2006, Levinson wrote, directed, and produced the comedy film "Man of the Year," which focused on the U.S. presidential elections.


As a director:
- 1987: "Good Morning, Vietnam"
- 1988: "Rain Man"
- 1990: "Avalon"
- 1991: "Bugsy"
- 1994: "Jimmy Hollywood"
- 1997: "Wag the Dog"
- 1998: "Sphere"
- 1998: "Liberty Heights"
- 2001: "Bandits"
- 2006: "Man of the Year"
- 2008: "What Just Happened"

As a producer: - 1993-1999: "Homicide: Life on the Street"