Life and career
Barber was born in Johannesburg. He was educated at King David School, Linksfield in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then received an Accounting degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Afterwards he worked as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant in South Africa and the United States, both with Price Waterhouse.
In 1982 the horse racing fan won a trip to the Arlington Million race in Illinois. In the same year he moved to the States, where his brother Cecil Barber was living since 1979. In the mid-1980s Barber became an US citizen.
In 1998 he and Roger Birnbaum founded Spyglass Entertainment in Los Angeles. His highest grossing film as producer was The Tourist, which grossed close to US$280 million at the worldwide box office.
In December 2010 Barber became Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Under his leadership MGM together with Eon Productions and Sony Pictures financed the successful James Bond film Skyfall, which grossed US$1,1 billion. MGM then also financed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 21 Jump Street and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. MGM then finally moved forward with remakes of RoboCop and Poltergeist.
Barber is also a Thoroughbred racehorse owner. His horse, The Deputy, owned in partnership with Team Valor, won the 2000 running of the Grade II Santa Catalina Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. In 2006 another of his horses, Becrux, also owned in partnership with Team Valor, won the Grade I Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. In 2014, his filly Lexie Lou won the Queen's Plate and was named the Canadian Horse of the Year.
Barber has three daughters and lives in Los Angeles.
Filmography as a producer
|1988||Midnight Crossing||executive producer|
|1990||Howling V: The Rebirth||executive producer|
|Young Guns II||executive producer|
|Pacific Heights||executive producer|
|1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||executive producer|
|White Sands||executive producer|
|Stay Tuned||executive producer|
|1993||The Crush||executive producer|
|1994||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||executive producer|
|Major League II||executive producer|
|Trial by Jury||executive producer|
|Imaginary Crimes||executive producer|
|Silent Fall||executive producer|
|1995||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||executive producer|
|1996||Two If by Sea||executive producer|
|Big Bully||executive producer|
|Bad Moon||executive producer|
|1997||Wild America||executive producer|
|1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||executive producer|
|Wrongfully Accused||executive producer|
|1999||The King and I||executive producer|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||executive producer|
|Shanghai Noon||executive producer|
|2001||Out Cold||executive producer|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||producer|
|Reign of Fire||producer|
|2003||Criminology 101||executive producer|
|Bruce Almighty||executive producer|
|One Love||executive producer|
|2004||Connie and Carla||producer|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||producer|
|The Legend of Zorro||executive producer|
|Memoirs of a Geisha||executive producer|
|2006||Eight Below||executive producer|
|Stay Alive||executive producer|
|Stick It||executive producer|
|Balls of Fury||producer|
|Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||executive producer|
|The Ruins||executive producer|
|The Happening||executive producer|
|The Love Guru||executive producer|
|Ghost Town||executive producer|
|Flash of Genius||producer|
|2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||executive producer|
|Dinner for Schmucks||executive producer|
|2011||No Strings Attached||executive producer|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||executive producer|
- mgm.com Gary Barber: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer bei mgm.comm, abgerufen am 14. January 2014
- Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Owner Profiles — 2013, dmtc.com, 14 January 2014
- Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Tsujihara, kentuckyderby.com, 14 January 2014
- Gary Barber bei arlingtonpark.com, abgerufen am 14. January 2014
- "The Tourist (2010)". Box Office Mojo. March 10, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- MGM Looks Ahead with "Mr. Mom", "Idolmaker", Variety, February 17, 2011
- MGM Finally Comes Back from the Dead with Five Projects including Remakes of "RoboCop" and "Poltergeist", Collider.com, February 18, 2011
- "Owner Statistics: Gary Barber". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- Shinar, Jack. "Lexie Lou Adapts to Turf in Wonder Where Win". bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 8 July 2016.