Douglas Urbanski

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Douglas Urbanski
Born (1957-02-17) February 17, 1957 (age 58)
Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.

Douglas Urbanski (born February 17, 1957) is an American film producer, theater impresario, raconteur, and occasional film actor and talk show host.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Urbanski was born in Somerville, New Jersey. He is a business partner with actor Gary Oldman and he also runs a talent management firm, DMG.[2]

Urbanski's film producing credits include The Contender, which received two Academy Award Nominations and starred Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Christian Slater, and Sam Elliott.

In 1997 Urbanski received the 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 BAFTA's. 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.

During the 1980s, Urbanski and/or his companies were active theatrical producers on Broadway and in London.[3]

In 2010, 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[4][5] from the Hollywood Film Festival along with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake.

In 2010/11 he 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, and Kathy Burke and is directed by Tomas Alfredson.[6][7] 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. The film won the 2012 British Academy Award for Outstanding British Film of The Year, making it the second Urbanski associated film to win the prize.

Since 2010, Urbanski has been part of the continuing rotation as a guest host on The Rush Limbaugh Show, when Rush is away, where Urbanski's popularity with the audience has earned him the nickname "America's Guest Host".[8]

During 2013, Urbanski was the executive producer of the screen version of Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed novel, Child 44. The film, directed by Daniel Espinosa, starred Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Noomi Rapace.

In 2014, Urbanski once again appeared on screen as an actor, playing the role of Mayor Durant, the Mayor of Detroit, in the MGM/Sony reboot RoboCop.

Urbanski is married to television producer Diane Wilk (The Nanny). He is Catholic.[9]


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