February 17, 1957|
Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.
Douglas Urbanski (born February 17, 1957) is an American film producer, theater impresario and occasional film actor. He has received an Academy Award nomination, as well as a BAFTA Award (with two further nominations).
Life and career
In 1997 Urbanski received his first British Academy Award for Outstanding British Film of The Year for Nil By Mouth, written and directed by Gary Oldman, and for which Oldman received the Best Original Screenplay British Academy Award. The film received a total of four nominations for the 1997 BAFTAs. For 1997's Cannes Film Festival, Nil By Mouth was selected to inaugurate the Main Competition and received the 1997 Cannes Film Festival Award for actress Kathy Burke. In 1998 the film received six nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, and won three awards.
In 2010, as an actor he was featured in David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's Academy Award winning motion picture The Social Network, playing the role of Larry Summers, for which he received personal acclaim and shared the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, and also the Ensemble Acting Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, shared with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake.
Urbanski has appeared as a guest host on conservative talk shows such as The O'Reilly Factor and The Rush Limbaugh Show. During Urbanksi's May 19, 2011 appearance on The Rush Limbaugh Show, he commented, "There's a double standard of the elite Hollywood people. If something like this BP disaster had happened under the watchful eye of George Bush or even John McCain, the celebrities would be up in arms. Yet I would trust the solutions to solving this type of issue to those two men more than the others."
In 2010/11 executive produced the film version of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which stars Gary Oldman as master spy George Smiley, and also features Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Kathy Burke, and was directed by Tomas Alfredson. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy received eleven 2012 British Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director; the film also received three Oscar Nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards. In 2012, Tinker became the second Urbanski film to win the British Academy Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year.
Urbanski was executive producer of the film Criminal, released in late 2015. It was directed by Ariel Vromen and stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. In 2016 Urbanski was executive producer of Hitman's Bodyguard, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, as well as Hunter Killer, which stars Gerard Butler.
Urbanski co-produced Darkest Hour (2017), which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and was written by Anthony McCarten and directed by Joe Wright. Oldman won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Churchill and thanked Urbanski during his speech.
In 2018, Urbanski, along with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce John Le Carre's Smiley's People, which will star Gary Oldman, once again recreating George Smiley for HBO and premiere in October of 2018.
- Whirling upstream in Hollywood: Douglas Urbanski | Spero News
- Home | Douglas Management Group Archived August 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Douglas Urbanski, Biography | Douglas Management Group Archived June 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- 'Network' cast to be honored in Hollywood, UPI, October 1, 2010
- The Larry Summers moment in "The Social Network," and how actor Douglas Urbanski nailed it, The Washington Post, October 7, 2010
- Bamigboye, Baz (October 22, 2010). "BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Why Kathy Burke is coming in from the cold". Daily Mail. London.
- Douglas Urbanski, Internet Movie Database