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Gary Goetzman
Goetzman in 2010
Gary Michael Goetzman[1]

(1952-11-06) November 6, 1952 (age 71)
Occupation(s)Producer, actor
Years active1967–present
Leslie Anne Carroll
(m. 1986)

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

Life and career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Goetzman began his career as a child actor. He had starred in the film Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and eventually started a waterbed company and pinball arcade. Goetzman at one time delivered a waterbed to Jon Peters's home.[3][4] His exploits as a performer and a salesman inspired his friend Paul Thomas Anderson's 2021 film Licorice Pizza.[5]

In 1984, he 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.[6] In 1991, producer Goetzman and director Demme again collaborated to make The Silence of the Lambs, which garnered 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. Goetzman co-produced Hanks's 1996 directorial debut, That Thing You Do! The two then co-founded Playtone in 1998. Since then, Goetzman has produced hit films including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Polar Express, Charlie Wilson's War and Mamma Mia! Goetzman has also received several Emmy Awards for HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Game Change and Olive Kitteridge.

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 Singers.

He currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.[7]

Goetzman is executive producer (with Tom Hanks and Mark Herzog) of the CNN exclusive documentary miniseries The Sixties (2014), The Seventies (2015), The Eighties (2016), and The Nineties (2017).


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.



Executive producer

As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1967 Divorce American Style Jonathan Harmon
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours Greg Beardsley
1974 Caged Heat Sparky
1977 Handle with Care RV Salesman
1979 Last Embrace Tour Guide
1980 Melvin and Howard Melvin's Cousin Fred
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Newscaster
Bustin' Loose Store Manager
1984 Swing Shift 'Swing Shift' Bandleader
1986 Modern Girls Undercover Cop
Something Wild Guido Paonessa
1988 And God Created Woman Al Lawrence
Married to the Mob The Guy at the Piano
1990 Miami Blues Hotel Desk Clerk
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Guido Paonessa
1993 Family Prayers Irate Driver
Philadelphia Guido Paonessa
Music department
Year Film Role
1982 Jinxed! Radio source music
1984 Swing Shift Lyricist: Additional original songs
1986 Something Wild Musical consultant
1988 And God Created Woman Music supervisor
Colors Music consultant
Married to the Mob Music supervisor
The Prince of Pennsylvania
1989 Lost Angels
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
Little Monsters
1990 A Shock to the System
The Hot Spot
Reversal of Fortune
1991 Queens Logic
Point Break
Until the End of the World
1992 Freejack
Year Film Role
1984 Heavenly Bodies Producer: "At Last You're Mine"
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Producer: "Temporary Insanity"
Writer: "Dirty Work"
Just One of the Guys Writer: "Gone Too Far"
Fright Night Producer: "Boppin' Tonight"
Writer: "Boppin' Tonight"
1986 Thrashin' Producer:
"Don't Think Twice"
"Dancin' in Jamaica"
"Arrow Through My Heart"
"Dancin' in Jamaica"
Something Wild Lead vocal: "Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
1988 Dominick and Eugene Writer:
"Game of Love"
"Lucky at Love"
1990 Miami Blues Writer:
"Island Blues"
1993 Philadelphia Performer: "All the Way"
1996 That Thing You Do! Writer:
"Mr. Downtown"
"Voyage Around the Moon"
"Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart"
"Will You Marry Me?"
2000 Big Momma's House Writer: "Radio"
Production manager
Year Film Role
1974 Caged Heat Unit manager
Year Film Role
1991 Straight Out of Brooklyn Thanks
Fires Within Special thanks
2002 The Truth About Charlie Very special thanks
2005 The Wedding Date Thanks
2008 Surfer, Dude Very special thanks
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Special thanks
2014 Inherent Vice Thank you
2018 Hotel Artemis Special thanks
2019 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood The producers wish to thank
2021 Licorice Pizza Special thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
2000 West Point Executive producer
2001 Band of Brothers Co-executive producer
We Stand Alone Together Co-executive producer Television special
2006 We're with the Band Executive producer Television special
2007 Big Love: In the Beginning Executive producer
2008 John Adams Executive producer
David McCullough: Painting with Words Television special
2009 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts Executive producer Television special
2010 The Pacific Executive producer
2006−11 Big Love Executive producer
2011 The 3 Minute Talk Show Executive producer
2012 Game Change Executive producer Television film
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Executive producer Television special
Electric City Executive producer
2013 The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Executive producer Television special
The Assassination of President Kennedy Executive producer Documentary
2014 The Sixties Executive producer Documentary
Olive Kitteridge Executive producer
The Concert for Valor Executive producer Television special
2015 The Seventies Executive producer Documentary
2016 The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Co-executive producer Television special
The Eighties Executive producer Documentary
2017 The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Executive producer Television special
The Nineties Executive producer Documentary
2018 Notes from the Field Executive producer Television film
The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Executive producer Television special
1968: The Year That Changed America Executive producer Documentary
The 2000s Executive producer Documentary
2019 The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Executive producer Television special
The Movies Executive producer Documentary
2020 My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood Executive producer Television special
2022 'Tis the Season: The Holidays on Screen Executive producer Documentary
2023 The 2010s Executive producer Documentary
2024 Masters of the Air Executive producer
As an actor
Year Title Role Notes
1965 McHale's Navy Tonio
1979 Hot Rod Security Guard Television film
1978−80 Family Steven / Sam
2012 Electric City
Year Title Role
1984 Kidd Video Writer: "Video Romeo"
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Concert for Valor Tribute film executive producer Television special
2023 A Grammy Salute to the Beach Boys For: Tom Hanks Television special
Year Title Role Notes
2012 POV Special thanks
2021 A Night in the Academy Museum Filmmaker acknowledgement Television special


  1. ^ "Gary Goetzman". Filmreference.com.
  2. ^ "Gary Goetzman". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007.
  3. ^ Mankiewicz, Ben (November 6, 2021). "Licorice Pizza Panel/w Paul Thomas Anderson and Alana Haim" (Interview). Event occurs at 2:00–4:00, 17:00–18:00, 32:00–33:00. Archived from the original on November 7, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2021 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Whipp, Glenn (November 26, 2021). "Paul Thomas Anderson's hilarious and intimate 'Licorice Pizza' tour of the Valley". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 6, 2021. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent. "Paul Thomas Anderson on 'Licorice Pizza' and Moviemaking: 'Anyone Who's Done This Knows That Confidence Is an Illusion'". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  6. ^ Gary Goetzman Profile: Biography, Filmography & Photos – Yahoo! Movies UK
  7. ^ "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Producersguild.org. Archived from the original on April 4, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2012.

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