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Academy® Award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer Barry Levinson has crafted an enviable reputation as a filmmaker who blends literate and intelligent visions into films. He was awarded the 1988 Best Director Oscar for the multiple Academy® Award-winning Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. In 1991 Bugsy, directed and produced by Levinson, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director. As a screenwriter, Levinson has received three Oscar nominations for…And Justice for All (1979), Diner (1982) and Avalon (1990). Other iconic films, from The Natural to Good Morning, Vietnam to Sleepers, have been hugely popular at the box office.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Levinson has used his hometown as the setting for four widely praised features: Diner, Tin Men, Avalon, and Liberty Heights. Levinson also returned to Baltimore to film the television series, Homicide: Life on the Street. His work on this critically-acclaimed NBC drama earned him an Emmy® Award for Best Individual Director of a Drama Series. The series received three Peabody Awards, two Writers Guild Awards and an Excellence in Quality Television Founders Award for the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Among other accolades, Levinson and his partner Tom Fontana also received the 1999 Humanitas Award for the Homicide: Life on the Street episode titled “Shades of Gray.”
Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, under the banner of the Levinson/Fontana Company, executive produced the critically-acclaimed HBO television series, Oz, which aired for six seasons from 1998 through 2003.
Levinson now produces films through his production company Baltimore Pictures, including critically-acclaimed releases such as Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, and You Don’t Know Jack. His most recent film, The Bay, was released by Lionsgate in 2012.