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.
Barber has three daughters and lives in Los Angeles.
Filmography as a producer
- Reign of Fire
- Shanghai Noon
- Bruce Almighty
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
- The Recruit
- Mr. 3000
- Connie and Carla
- Married by Evolution
- Pursuit Exchange
- Love Connection
- The Legend of Zorro
- Bad Moon
- Major League II
- The Invisible
- Stick It
- Major League: Back to the Minors
- Howling V: The Rebirth
- Evan Almighty
- Flash of Genius
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
- Mockingbird
- Edge of Darkness
- The King of Fighters
- The Tourist
- The Love Guru
- "MGM Website".
- 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