Roger Birnbaum
Born (1950-11-14) November 14, 1950 (age 70)[1]
Occupationfilm producer
Spouse(s)Pamela West (divorced)
Leslie Lopez
(m. 2013)
Partner(s)Teri Garr (1979–1983)
ChildrenClaire Birnbaum Block
Parent(s)Arlene Steinlauf Birnbaum
Norman 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.[2][3] In 2016, he produced The Magnificent Seven.

Early life

Birnbaum was born to a Jewish family[4] in Teaneck, New Jersey,[5] the son of Arlene (née Steinlauf) and Norman Birnbaum.[4] 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.[4] Birnbaum graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968[5] and attended the University of Denver.[6]


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.[7] He was president of production at 20th Century Fox by 1992.[8]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] 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".[12]

He has since founded three production companies, Pin High Productions,[7] Cave 76 Productions[13] and with Eli Roth, Arts District Entertainment.[14] By September 8, 2016, his exclusivity with MGM had ended.[7]

Personal life

His first wife was Pamela West;[15] they had one daughter Claire Birnbaum Block (born 1987).[16] He married then-restaurant guest relations manager Leslie Lopez in 2013.[17][18]

He was previously in a seven-year relationship with actress Teri Garr.[19]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1985 The Sure Thing
1987 Who's That Girl Executive producer
1993 The Three Musketeers
1994 Angie Executive producer
Angels in the Outfield
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1995 Houseguest
The Jerky Boys: The Movie
Tall Tale
While You Were Sleeping
The Big Green
1996 Before and After Executive producer
Celtic Pride
First Kid
The Rich Man's Wife
Maximum Risk Executive producer
1997 Metro
The Beautician and the Beast Executive producer
Grosse Pointe Blank
Gone Fishin'
G.I. Jane
Washington Square
1998 Overnight Delivery Executive producer Direct-to-video
Six Days, Seven Nights
Simon Birch
Rush Hour
Holy Man
1999 Inspector Gadget
2000 Keeping the Faith Executive producer
Shanghai Noon
Unbreakable Executive producer
2001 Rush Hour 2
Out Cold Executive producer
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo
Reign of Fire
2003 The Recruit
Shanghai Knights
Inspector Gadget 2 Executive producer Direct-to-video
Bruce Almighty Executive producer
One Love Executive producer
Seabiscuit Executive producer
2004 The Perfect Score
Connie and Carla
Mr. 3000
2005 The Pacifier
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
2007 The Lookout
The Invisible
Evan Almighty
Rush Hour 3
Balls of Fury
2008 27 Dresses
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Executive producer
The Ruins Executive producer
The Happening Executive producer
Wanted Executive producer
The Love Guru Executive producer
Ghost Town Executive producer
Flash of Genius
Four Christmases
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Executive producer
Invictus Executive producer
2010 Leap Year
Dinner for Schmucks Executive producer
The Tourist
2011 No Strings Attached Executive producer
Footloose Executive producer
2012 The Vow
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Executive producer
2014 RoboCop Executive producer
2016 The Magnificent Seven
2018 Death Wish
2019 Glass Executive producer
Know Your Enemy Executive producer
The Hustle
TBA Till Death
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1998 Making Sandwiches Hollywood Type Short film
Year Film Notes
1988 Rain Man Special thanks
1995 Dead Presidents
2019 Above Suspicion


Year Title Credit Notes
1983 Ryan's Four
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
2003 Miracles Executive producer
Criminology 101 Executive producer Television film
2004 The Ranch Executive producer Television film
Weekends Executive producer Television film
Production manager
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Music for UNICEF Concert Executive in charge of production Television special
The Bee Gees Special


  1. ^ "Roger Birnbaum Biography (1950?-)". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  2. ^ "The Tourist". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Rush Hour 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Norman Birnbaum - Obituary". The New York Times. republished at October 2, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Spelling, Ian (June 1, 2011). "Let the Lion Roar: Teaneck native Roger Birnbaum shines brightly in Hollywood". (201) magazine; Retrieved October 6, 2011. 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.
  6. ^ "Advisory Board Biographies". Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media, University of California, Santa Barbara. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c Galloway, Stephen (September 8, 2016). "'Magnificent Seven' Producer on Why Westerns Aren't Dead and How Cancer Changed Him". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Frook, John Evan (January 30, 1994). "Roth, Birnbaum flex muscles at Caravan". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Eller, Clauida (August 21, 1998). "Spyglass Offers Disney Lower-Risk Deals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ Agard, Chancellor (December 20, 2010). "MGM out of bankruptcy". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (December 20, 2010). "MGM restructuring becomes official". Variety. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Nikki Finke (October 3, 2012). "MGM's Roger Birnbaum Steps Down To Return To Producing; Gary Barber Now Revived Studio's Sole Chairman & CEO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 8, 2017). "Annapurna To Release MGM's 'Death Wish' Over Thanksgiving; Sets October Date For 'Professor Marston & The Wonder Women'". Deadline. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (2019-03-26). "Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'". Variety. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  15. ^ "Lorand West Obituary". Los Angeles Times. republished online at July 13, 2008.
  16. ^ "Going Steady".; C Magazine. January 1, 2013. p. 114. Retrieved January 29, 2018. Claire Birnbaum and Eric Block ... husband and wife... Roger Birnbaum (then co-CEO of MGM) gave away his little girl...
  17. ^ "Warner Bros.' Courtney Simmons Weds, 'CSI:NY' Actor A.J. Buckley Engaged: Hitched, Hatched, Hired". The Hollywood Reporter. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018. Producer Roger Birnbaum became engaged to ... Leslie Lopez ... on Dec. 15
  18. ^ "41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks - Red Carpet". June 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018. Leslie Lopez Birnbaum ... and Roger Birnbaum
  19. ^ Garr, Teri (October 30, 1988). "Is Teri Garr Serious When She Says She Isn't Serious? On Tour, The Actress Drops Her Comedic Guard". Chicago Tribune. Interviewed by Johanna Steinmetz. 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.