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1[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/440px_bob_balaban_2012_shankbone_7.JPG]] ²²Robert Elmer Balaban (born August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, author and director. He has appeared in films such as ''Film/CatchTwentyTwo'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''[[Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact 2010: The Year We Make Contact]]'', ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'', ''Film/GosfordPark'' (which he co-produced), ''Film/{{Capote}}'' and ''Film/TheMonumentsMen''. Balaban has also worked numerous times with directors Creator/ChristopherGuest and Creator/WesAnderson. His television career includes a role on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' as a character based on former Creator/{{NBC}} executive Warren Littlefield (whom Balaban later played in the Creator/{{HBO}} film ''The Late Shift''). Onstage, he created the role of Linus in ''Theatre/YoureAGoodManCharlieBrown'' in 1967.²²Balaban his directed ''Film/{{Parents}}'' and episodes of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''; ''Series/AmazingStories''; ''Series/EerieIndiana''; ''Series/{{Oz}}''; ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 The Twilight Zone]]'', and ''Series/NurseJackie''. He is also the author of a series of children's novels about a bionic dog named [=McGrowl=].

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