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An Oscar-winning director who started out as a writer and improv comic, Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore on April 6, 1942. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., but ultimately moved to Los Angeles to immerse himself in the entertainment business.

Even before Levinson made his directorial debut with the semiautobiographical Diner (1982), he had racked up a pair of shared Emmy Awards for his work as a comedy writer on "The Carol Burnett Show." He had also amassed credits as an actor, appearing in Silent Movie (1976) and High Anxiety (1977), a pair of Mel Brooks comedies that he also co-wrote.

Directorially speaking, Levinson's impressive credits include The Natural (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Rain Man (1988), Bugsy (1991), Wag the Dog (1997) and Envy (2004). He also wrote and directed Avalon (1990) and Man of the Year (2006).

Barry Levinson in Sleepers

Sleepers

1996 R

In this drama based on characters in Lorenzo Carcaterra's controversial book, four boys from Hell's Kitchen enter a reformatory where a cruel guard (Kevin Bacon) abuses them. Years later, two of them avenge their tormenter and stand trial, defended by a druggie lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) and aided by their scheming cohort (Brad Pitt) and other friends from the 'hood (Robert DeNiro, Minnie Driver), who face the moral dilemma of justice vs. loyalty.

  • Barry Levinson in Good Morning, Vietnam Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Barry Levinson in Rain Man Rain Man
  • Barry Levinson in Rock the Kasbah Rock the Kasbah
  • Barry Levinson in Bugsy Bugsy
  • Barry Levinson in Wag the Dog Wag the Dog
  • Barry Levinson in The Natural The Natural
  • Barry Levinson in Man of the Year Man of the Year
  • Barry Levinson in Disclosure Disclosure
  • Barry Levinson in Sphere Sphere
  • Barry Levinson in High Anxiety High Anxiety
  • Barry Levinson in You Don't Know Jack You Don't Know Jack
  • Barry Levinson in Side by Side Side by Side
  • Barry Levinson in Bandits Bandits
  • Barry Levinson in What Just Happened? What Just Happened?
  • Barry Levinson in The Bay The Bay
  • Barry Levinson in Tin Men Tin Men
  • Barry Levinson in Bee Movie Bee Movie
  • Barry Levinson in Diner Diner
  • Barry Levinson in Young Sherlock Holmes Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Barry Levinson in Oz Oz
  • Barry Levinson in An Everlasting Piece An Everlasting Piece
  • Barry Levinson in Envy Envy
  • Barry Levinson in The Outsider The Outsider
  • Barry Levinson in The Humbling The Humbling
  • Barry Levinson in Jimmy Hollywood Jimmy Hollywood
  • Barry Levinson in Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 5 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 5
  • Barry Levinson in Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1 Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1
  • Barry Levinson in PoliWood PoliWood