Brian Robbins

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Brian Robbins
Born Brian Levine
(1963-11-22) November 22, 1963 (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, film director, film producer, television director, television producer, occasional screenwriter
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Laura Cathcart (?- 2 children)[1]

Brian Levine (born November 22, 1963), known professionally as Brian Robbins, is an American actor, film director, film producer, television director, television producer and occasional screenwriter. He often collaborates with producer Michael Tollin.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Robbins was born Brian Levine in Brooklyn, New York[2] on November 22, 1963. When Robbins was 16, his family moved to Los Angeles.[3] He graduated from Grant High School in 1982.[4]

Robbins followed his dad Floyd Levine, a prolific character actor, into acting.[2] He made his television acting debut on an episode of Trapper John, M.D.[4] He would go on guest star on a number and television series and a recurring role on General Hospital.[4] As an actor, he is perhaps best known from his role as Eric Mardian on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class.[4] He also hosted the children's version of the TV game show Pictionary in 1989.

In the 1990s, he started producing All That and its spin-offs on Nickelodeon.[2] He has produced several sports films including Coach Carter and Hardball (2001). He produced Smallville and also produced One Tree Hill.

Robbins is the founder of AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel aimed at teenagers, which has spun off into a TV series, of which Robbins is the executive producer.[5] DreamWorks Animation acquired the company in 2013.[6]

Robbins is Jewish.[7] He is married to publicist Laura Cathcart, with whom he has two sons, Miles and Justin.[citation needed]

Film directing credits[edit]

Film Year Budget Domestic gross Worldwide gross Rotten Tomatoes rating
The Show 1995 N/A $2,702,578 $2,702,578[8] 80%[9]
Good Burger 1997 $9 million $23,712,993 $23,712,993[10] 31%[11]
Varsity Blues 1999 $16 million $52,894,169 $54,294,169[12] 40%[13]
Ready to Rumble 2000 $24 million $12,394,327 $12,452,362[14] 25%[15]
Hardball 2001 $32 million $40,222,729 $44,102,389[16] 38%[17]
The Perfect Score 2004 $40 million $10,391,003 $10,876,805[18] 17%[19]
The Shaggy Dog 2006 $50 million $61,123,569 $87,134,280[20] 27%[21]
Norbit 2007 $60 million $95,673,607 $159,313,561[22] 9%[23]
Meet Dave 2008 $60 million $11,803,254 $58,650,079[24] 19%[25]
A Thousand Words 2012 $40 million $18,450,127 $20,558,836[26] 0%[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1993 Heartland Film Festival Won Crystal Heart Award Hardwood Dreams (Shared with Mike Tollin)
1995 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Informational Special Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Shared with Debra Martin Chase, Fredric Golding, Dorian Harewood, David Houle, Tom McMahon, Pat Mitchell, Jack Myers, Vivian Schiller, Mike Tollin, Denzel Washington)
1996 CableACE Award Won Children's Special - 7 and Older Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (Shared with Leonard Armato, Bruce Binkow, Robert Mickelson, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tollin, For the special "4 Points")
1997 Directors Guild of America Award Nominated Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (For the special "4 Points")
1998 Won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (Shared with W. Alexander Ellis, Cynthia Riddle, Brad Uecker: for episode "First Time")
2005 Black Movie Awards Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture Coach Carter (Shared with David Gale, Mike Tollin)
2008 Golden Raspberry Award Nominated Worst Director Norbit


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