Gary Goetzman

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Gary Goetzman
Goetzman (right) with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg in 2010
Gary Michael Goetzman[1]

(1952-11-06) November 6, 1952 (age 68)
OccupationProducer, actor
Years active1967–present

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

Life and career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Gary began his career as a child actor.

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.[3] In 1991, producer Gary and director Demme again collaborated to make The Silence of the Lambs, which garnered the top five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In 1993, Gary was executive producer of Demme's Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, beginning a working relationship with Hanks. Gary co-produced Hanks's 1996 directorial debut, That Thing You Do!. The two then co-founded Playtone in 1998. Since then, Gary has produced hit films including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Polar Express, Charlie Wilson's War and Mamma Mia!. Gary 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, Gary 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.[4]

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


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1986 Modern Girls
1990 Miami Blues
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Executive producer
1993 Amos & Andrew
Philadelphia Executive producer
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress
1996 That Thing You Do!
1998 Beloved
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
2004 The Polar Express
2006 The Ant Bully
Starter for 10
2007 Evan Almighty Executive producer
Charlie Wilson's War
2008 The Great Buck Howard
Mamma Mia!
City of Ember
2009 My Life in Ruins Executive producer
Where the Wild Things Are
2011 Larry Crowne
2013 Parkland
2015 Ricki and the Flash
Ithaca Executive producer
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
A Hologram for the King
2017 The Circle
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
2020 Greyhound
News of the World
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 Something Wild Guido Paonessa
Modern Girls Undercover Cop
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
The Prince of Pennsylvania Music supervisor
Married to the Mob
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
1992 Freejack
Year Film Song
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


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
1968: The Year That Changed America Executive producer Documentary
The 2000s Executive producer Documentary
2019 The Movies Executive producer Documentary
2020 My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood Executive producer Television special
TBA 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 N/A
Year Title Song
1984 Kidd Video Writer: "Video Romeo"
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Concert for Valor Tribute film executive producer Television special
Year Title Role
2012 POV Special thanks


  1. ^ "Gary Goetzman".
  2. ^ "Gary Goetzman". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007.
  3. ^ Gary Goetzman Profile: Biography, Filmography & Photos – Yahoo! Movies UK
  4. ^ "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Retrieved October 23, 2012.

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