|Born||Baldwin, Nassau County, New York|
|Occupation||Television producer, film producer, screenwriter, actor, film director|
Rob Weiss is an American television and film producer, screenwriter, actor, and director. His break came in 1993 when he wrote and directed the 1993 film Amongst Friends. The film was well received at film festivals and scored Weiss a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Weiss was born in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York. He attended the Parsons School of Design, studying fashion and film, but never graduated. Unemployed, he ended up living with his father in Lawrence in the Five Towns. He has attended both film and design school and worked as a promoter on Long Island, in New York City.
Weiss attended Woodmere Academy with Doug Ellin, creator of the HBO series Entourage, and now writes for the show. He wrote (or co-wrote) episodes including Aquamansion, The Bat Mitzvah and The Sundance Kids.
In an Aug. 2007 New York Observer interview with Ellin, he confirms that Weiss was the basis for the character of Billy Walsh (played by Rhys Coiro), a perfectionist filmmaker who is a recurring character on the series. Ellin even asked Weiss if he'd play "Walsh,” but Weiss declined. Instead, the role went to Rhys Coiro, to whom Weiss bears little outward resemblance.
- Lyall, Sarah. "FILM; 'Amongst Friends' Tops Off a Journey Of Self-Discovery", The New York Times, July 18, 1993. Accessed September 18, 2008. "Born in Baldwin, near the Five Towns, Mr. Weiss dropped out of the Parsons School of Design, where he studied fashion, then film. He found himself out of work and living goallessly back at his divorced father's house in Lawrence, smack in the Five Towns."
- Amongst Friends (1993) – Trivia
- HBO. "How to Make It in America cast and crew". Retrieved February 25, 2010.
- Rob Weiss at the Internet Movie Database