|Born||November 14, 1950|
|Spouse(s)||Pamela West (divorced)|
|Partner(s)||Teri Garr (1979–1983)|
|Children||Claire Birnbaum Block|
|Parent(s)||Arlene Steinlauf Birnbaum|
Roger Birnbaum (born November 14, 1950) is an American film producer who owns the company Spyglass Entertainment, and was co-CEO and co-chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His two greatest box office hits as producer have been Rush Hour 2 and The Tourist which grossed US$347,325,802 and US$278,346,189 worldwide respectively. In 2016, he produced The Magnificent Seven.
Birnbaum was born to a Jewish family in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of Arlene (née Steinlauf) and Norman Birnbaum. His father was a World War II veteran who went into the embroidery business with his father after the war, and used his profits in 1967 to build the Stonehenge, a residential building in New Jersey. Birnbaum graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968 and attended the University of Denver.
Birnbaum started out in the music industry at Arista Records working under Clive Davis. A&M Records brought him out to Hollywood becoming its West Coast A&R executive, where he switch over to film. He worked at United Artists, Guber-Peters Co. (president in 1989) then 20th Century Fox. He was president of production at 20th Century Fox by 1992.
Caravan Pictures was founded by Birnbaum and Joe Roth as a production company at Disney in 1992 to fill the Disney Studios' then-yearly 50 to 60 production and distribution slots. Birnbaum previously left Caravan at the prompting of then Disney studio chief Joe Roth as Disney was cutting its yearly production output and shutting down Caravan. In August 1998, Birnbaum with Gary Barber, former vice chairman and COO of Morgan Creek Productions founded Spyglass Entertainment.
On December 20, 2010 after the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had emerged from bankruptcy, Birnbaum and Barber became co-Chairs and co-CEOs of the studio. On October 3, 2012, Birnbaum announced his intention to exit his role as an MGM executive and return to "hands-on" producing. He will remain with the studio to produce films on "an exclusive basis".
He has since founded three production companies, Pin High Productions, Cave 76 Productions and with Eli Roth, Arts District Entertainment. By September 8, 2016, his exclusivity with MGM had ended.
His first wife was Pamela West; they had one daughter Claire Birnbaum Block (born 1987). He married then-restaurant guest relations manager Leslie Lopez in 2013.
He was previously in a seven-year relationship with actress Teri Garr.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1985||The Sure Thing|
|1987||Who's That Girl||Executive producer|
|1993||The Three Musketeers|
|Angels in the Outfield|
|A Low Down Dirty Shame|
|The Jerky Boys: The Movie|
|While You Were Sleeping|
|The Big Green|
|1996||Before and After||Executive producer|
|The Rich Man's Wife|
|Maximum Risk||Executive producer|
|The Beautician and the Beast||Executive producer|
|Grosse Pointe Blank|
|1998||Overnight Delivery||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Six Days, Seven Nights|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Executive producer|
|2001||Rush Hour 2|
|Out Cold||Executive producer|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo|
|Reign of Fire|
|Inspector Gadget 2||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Bruce Almighty||Executive producer|
|One Love||Executive producer|
|2004||The Perfect Score|
|Connie and Carla|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|
|The Legend of Zorro||Executive producer|
|Memoirs of a Geisha||Executive producer|
|2006||Eight Below||Executive producer|
|Stay Alive||Executive producer|
|Stick It||Executive producer|
|Rush Hour 3|
|Balls of Fury|
|Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||Executive producer|
|The Ruins||Executive producer|
|The Happening||Executive producer|
|The Love Guru||Executive producer|
|Ghost Town||Executive producer|
|Flash of Genius|
|2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Executive producer|
|Dinner for Schmucks||Executive producer|
|2011||No Strings Attached||Executive producer|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Executive producer|
|2016||The Magnificent Seven|
|Know Your Enemy||Executive producer|
|1998||Making Sandwiches||Hollywood Type||Short film|
|1988||Rain Man||Special thanks|
|When Your Lover Leaves||Television film|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Executive producer|
|1985||Scandal Sheet||Television film|
|Happily Ever After||Executive producer||Television film|
|1987||Bay Coven||Executive producer||Television film|
|1997||Angels in the Endzone||Executive producer||Television film|
|Flash||Executive producer||Television film|
|2000||Angels in the Infield||Executive producer||Television film|
|Criminology 101||Executive producer||Television film|
|2004||The Ranch||Executive producer||Television film|
|Weekends||Executive producer||Television film|
|1979||Music for UNICEF Concert||Executive in charge of production||Television special|
|The Bee Gees Special|
Much of the producer’s touch, the instinct that drives Birnbaum to financially back a script or to help nurture a pitch into a script and then into a feature, and his overall taste as a filmmaker, can be traced back to his formative years in Teaneck. He was raised there and attended Teaneck High School.
Claire Birnbaum and Eric Block ... husband and wife... Roger Birnbaum (then co-CEO of MGM) gave away his little girl...
Producer Roger Birnbaum became engaged to ... Leslie Lopez ... on Dec. 15
Leslie Lopez Birnbaum ... and Roger Birnbaum
Well, I lived with two men, one for seven years, the other for five. I was with Birnbaum (Roger Birnbaum, an independent producer) for seven. That was like a marriage.