June 2, 1958 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Diane Murphy (2 children)|
Life and career 
A native of Detroit, Mike Binder grew up in Birmingham, one of the city's suburbs, and attended Camp Tamakwa, which formed the basis for his 1993 film Indian Summer. Beginning his career as a screenwriter and standup comedian, he had a banner month in March 1990 with the March 9 theatrical premiere of his first screenplay, Coupe de Ville, directed by Joe Roth and co-produced by Mike, and his own HBO stand up comedy special, broadcast the following night, March 10. Binder's own directorial debut was with his second screenplay, 1992's Crossing the Bridge. His standing in the industry further increased with his 20-episode 2001-02 HBO comedy series, The Mind of the Married Man, which he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in as the central character "Micky Barnes". His independently-produced film The Sex Monster won "Best Film" and Binder won "Best Actor" at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Binder wrote and directed three mid-2000s films in which he also played supporting roles. The first, The Upside of Anger, starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner, premiered at the January 2005 Sundance Film Festival; thirteen months later, Man About Town with Ben Affleck, was first seen at the February 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and, after another thirteen months, Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler, was released in March 2007. The three films were produced by Alex Gartner (Upside of Anger), Michael Rotenberg (Man About Town and Reign over Me), and Binder's younger brother, Jack Binder, with whom Mike formed Sunlight Productions. His cousin, Bryan Binder, has written two screenplays and worked at his production company.
As an actor Binder was featured in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report with Tom Cruise, and Rod Lurie's The Contender with Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, and Jeff Bridges. His latest film is Rebecca Miller's 2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee with Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, and Julianne Moore.
|1990||Coupe de Ville||
|1992||Crossing the Bridge||
||Dr. Victor Norris|
|1999||The Sex Monster||
||Marty Barnes||Comedy Arts Festival for Best Actor
Comedy Arts Festival for Best Film
|2001-2||The Mind of the Married Man||
||Micky Barnes||TV Show, Creator|
|2005||The Upside of Anger||
||Adam "Shep" Goodman|
|2006||Man About Town||
|2007||Reign Over Me||
|2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||
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