Gary Goetzman

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Gary Goetzman
Born Gary Michael Goetzman[1]
(1952-11-06) November 6, 1952 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Producer, actor
Years active 1967–present

Gary Michael Goetzman (born November 6, 1952) is an American film and television producer,[2] and co-founder of Playtone with actor Tom Hanks.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Goetzman began his career as a child actor. In 1984, Gary Goetzman produced the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense with director Jonathan Demme. That initiated a successful run as a music supervisor, on such films as Something Wild, Colors, Modern Girls and Married to the Mob, among many others.[3] In 1991, producer Goetzman and director Demme again collaborated to make The Silence of the Lambs, garnering the top five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In 1993, Goetzman was executive producer of Demme's Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, beginning a working relationship with Hanks who both went on to co-found The Playtone Company. Since then, Goetzman has produced hits such as "That Thing You Do", My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Polar Express, Charlie Wilson's War and the film version of Mamma Mia!. Goetzman has also received several Emmy's for HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and John Adams.

Aside from producing films, Goetzman has been known to play small parts in movies he is connected to. He has also enjoyed a successful parallel career as a music composer and producer, working with such artists as Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jane Child, Thelma Houston, and the Staples Sisters.

He currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.[4]

Goetzman is a co-executive producer (with Tom Hanks and Mark Herzog) of the following CNN exclusive documentary miniseries: The Sixties (2014), The Seventies (2015), The Eighties (2016).


As music supervisor[edit]

As producer[edit]


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