Marci Liroff

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Marci Liroff
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Marci Liroff
Born Marci Liroff
February 3, 1958
Los Angeles
Nationality American
Occupation Casting director

Marci Liroff (born February 3, 1958) is a casting director, based in Los Angeles, California, known for her work in film and television. Liroff has worked with some of the most successful directors in the world such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Mark Waters, Christopher Nolan, Brad Bird, and Herbert Ross.

Early career[edit]

After attending the University of Denver, Liroff began her career in 1977 as an assistant to the VP of International Distribution for Dimension Pictures, where she learned about the marketing, sales and distribution of films—especially blaxploitation films (Black Shampoo, Dolemite, Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde, Dixie Dynamite – and assisted in selling the rights to such pictures all over the world.

A year later, Liroff became the assistant to a prominent television agent at International Creative Management (ICM) in Los Angeles. While there, Liroff placed ICM clients on such shows as Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, WKRP in Cincinnati, Soap, Barney Miller, All in the Family, and Maude.

In 1979, Liroff started working with casting directors Mike Fenton[1] and Jane Feinberg[2] (Fenton-Feinberg Casting) who were famed for casting such classic films as, American Graffiti, Chinatown, Young Frankenstein, The Godfather Part II, Shampoo, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Liroff started as Fenton's assistant and worked on movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, and History of the World, Part I. She quickly rose through the ranks to earn credit as a casting director on such films as, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Porky's, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, A Christmas Story, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

A chance meeting between producer Craig Zadan and Steven Spielberg resulted in Spielberg's recommendation of Liroff to cast Zadan's upcoming Footloose.


It was then that Marci Liroff Casting was born. In following years, Liroff would go on to cast such films as St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, The Cutting Edge, Mannequin, Jack Frost, The Iron Giant, Insomnia, Freaky Friday, Gothika, Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles , "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and most recently, Mr. Popper's Penguins. She associate-produced and cast Untamed Heart and The Crush, and co-produced and cast The Spitfire Grill, which won the "Audience Award" at The Sundance Film Festival in 1996.


In 2009, Liroff started private coaching of actors and created an Audition Boot Camp, in which she teaches the fundamentals of auditioning.

Liroff is also a writer for Backstage Magazine.

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