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  • Bob Balaban

    Born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

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Recount (2008)

Bob Balaban as "Ben Ginsberg"

In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey) and Michael Whouley (Denis Leary) race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker (Tom Wilkinson). Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris (Laura Dern), a 36-day stalemate ensues.

Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Capote (2005)

Bob Balaban as "William Shawn"

Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal's apparent guilt.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Gosford Park (2001)

Bob Balaban as "Morris Weissman"

Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Set in the 1930's, "Gosford Park" brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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