Gary Barber

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Gary Barber
Born1957 (age 60–61)
NationalitySouth Africa
EducationB.S. University of the Witwatersrand
OccupationMedia executive
Known forCEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment

Gary Barber (born 1957) is a South African-born American film producer. Barber was the chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1] He is also co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment.

Life and career[edit]

Barber was born to a Jewish family[2] in Johannesburg.[3][4] 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.[1][5] Afterwards he worked as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant in South Africa and the United States, both with Price Waterhouse.[1]

In 1982 the horse racing fan won a trip to the Arlington Million race in Illinois.[5] In the same year he moved to the States, where his brother Cecil Barber was living since 1979. In the mid-1980s Barber became a US citizen.[3]

In 1998 he and Roger Birnbaum founded Spyglass Entertainment in Los Angeles.[1] His highest grossing film as producer was The Tourist (2010), which grossed close to US$280 million at the worldwide box office.[6]

In December 2010, Barber became Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1] 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 (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). MGM then finally moved forward with remakes of RoboCop and Poltergeist.[7][8]

On March 2018, Gary Barber was ousted from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after 5 months of renewing his contract with the studio to 2022, and received $260M as a settlement. [9][10]

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.[11] In 2014, his filly Lexie Lou won the Queen's Plate and was named the Canadian Horse of the Year.[12]

Barber has three daughters and lives in Los Angeles.[5]

Filmography as a producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1988 Midnight Crossing executive producer
1989 Communion 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
1992 Freejack executive producer
White Sands executive producer
Stay Tuned executive producer
1993 The Crush executive producer
True Romance producer
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective executive producer
Major League II executive producer
Chasers 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
Diabolique executive producer
Bad Moon executive producer
1997 Wild America executive producer
Incognito 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
Unbreakable executive producer
2001 Out Cold executive producer
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo producer
Dragonfly producer
Reign of Fire producer
Abandon producer
2003 Criminology 101 executive producer
The Recruit producer
Shanghai Knights producer
Bruce Almighty executive producer
Seabiscuit executive producer
One Love executive producer
2004 Connie and Carla producer
Mr. 3000 producer
2005 The Pacifier 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
2007 The Lookout producer
The Invisible producer
Evan Almighty producer
Underdog producer
Balls of Fury producer
2008 27 Dresses producer
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins executive producer
The Ruins executive producer
The Happening executive producer
The Love Guru executive producer
Wanted executive producer
Ghost Town executive producer
Flash of Genius producer
Four Christmases producer
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra executive producer
Invictus executive producer
2010 Leap Year producer
Dinner for Schmucks executive producer
The Tourist producer
2011 No Strings Attached executive producer
Footloose executive producer
2012 The Vow producer
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation executive producer
2014 RoboCop producer (uncredited)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Gary Barber: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer bei mgm.comm; retrieved, 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ Portland Press Herald: "A ‘Ben-Hur’ for our time" by Steven Zeitchik August 21, 2016 | Downey and Burnett are staunch Catholics; Ridley is also a devout Christian, Huston and Bekmambetov, who was raised in a communist country, are more secular; Daniel and MGM principal Gary Barber are Jewish
  3. ^ a b Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Owner Profiles — 2013 Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine.,, 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Tsujihara,, 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Gary Barber bei; retrieved, 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ "The Tourist (2010)". Box Office Mojo. March 10, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "MGM Looks Ahead with 'Mr. Mom', 'Idolmaker'", Variety, February 17, 2011
  8. ^ MGM Finally Comes Back from the Dead with Five Projects including Remakes of "RoboCop" and "Poltergeist",, February 18, 2011.
  9. ^ MGM Shakeup: Gary Barber Out as CEO,, Mar 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Big $260M Payout For MGM’s Former Chairman/CEO Gary Barber In Official Resolution With Company,, June 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Owner Statistics: Gary Barber". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ Shinar, Jack. "Lexie Lou Adapts to Turf in Wonder Where Win". Retrieved 8 July 2016.