Mike Binder

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Mike Binder
Born (1958-06-02) June 2, 1958 (age 62)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer, actor, novelist
Spouse(s)Diane Murphy
Children2
RelativesJack Binder (brother)

Mike Binder (born June 2, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Binder, descended from Russian-Jewish immigrants,[2] grew up in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. During the summers of 1966 through 1975, he attended Camp Tamakwa, a summer camp in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada; that experience was the inspiration (and the filming location) for his 1993 film Indian Summer.[3][4][5]

Beginning his career as a screenwriter and standup comedian,[6] in March 1990 with the March 9 theatrical premiere of his first screenplay, Coupe de Ville, directed by Joe Roth and co-produced by Mike, and his own HBO stand up comedy special, broadcast the following night.

Binder's directorial debut was with his second screenplay, 1992's Crossing the Bridge.

Binder gained further prominence with his 20-episode 2001-02 HBO comedy series, The Mind of the Married Man, which he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in as the central character "Micky Barnes".[7][8] That same year, his independently produced film The Sex Monster won "Best Film" and Binder won "Best Actor" at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Binder wrote and directed three mid-2000s films in which he also played supporting roles. The first, The Upside of Anger, starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner, premiered at the January 2005 Sundance Film Festival; thirteen months later, Man About Town with Ben Affleck, was first seen at the February 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and, after another thirteen months Reign Over Me was released; Binder directed, wrote, and appeared in the film, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. His most recent film is 2014's Black or White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.

As an actor, Binder has appeared in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Rod Lurie's The Contender with Joan Allen, and Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee with Robin Wright Penn.[9]

Binder has directed most of the screenplays he has written, and has acted in many of them as well. As a writer, he has written screenplays for Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, Robert Zemeckis, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Tim Allen and Reese Witherspoon.[citation needed]

Binder's first novel, Keep Calm, a thriller set in the UK, was published in 2016.[10] He directed stand-up comedian Bill Burr's most recent Netflix comedy special Paper Tiger. On October 4, 2020 his five part documentary series on The Comedy Store based on the years he spent there and interviews with most of the major alumni of the famous nightclub airs on Showtime.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1990 Coupe de Ville
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1992 Crossing the Bridge
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1993 Indian Summer
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1994 Blankman
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☒N
Dr. Victor Norris
1999 The Sex Monster
☒N
☒N
☒N
Marty Barnes Comedy Arts Festival for Best Actor
Comedy Arts Festival for Best Film
2000 The Contender
☒N
Lewis Hollis
2001–2002 The Mind of the Married Man
☒N
☒N
☒N
Micky Barnes TV show, Creator
2001 Fourplay
☒N
☒N
☒N
Ben Greene
2001 The Search for John Gissing
☒N
☒N
Matthew Barnes
2002 Minority Report
☒N
Leo Crow
2005 The Upside of Anger
☒N
☒N
☒N
Adam "Shep" Goodman
2006 Man About Town
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☒N
☒N
Morty
2007 Reign Over Me
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☒N
☒N
Bryan Sugarman
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
☒N
Sam Shapiro
2011 Fanboy
☒N
Acting coach
One Day
☒N
Dexter's agent Uncredited
2014 Black or White
☒N
☒N
☒N
2017–2018 Nashville
☒N
2019 Paper Tiger
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Binder". The New York Times.
  2. ^ WTF Podcast with Marc Maron (2016-02-02), Mike Binder - WTF Podcast with Marc Maron #677, retrieved 2017-01-09
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 23, 1993). "Movie Review: Indian Summer (1993)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Hinson, Hal (April 24, 1993). "'Indian Summer'". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Indian Summer: The Movie". Camp Tamakwa. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Jerry Buck (1985-06-10). "Comedy from Detroit". The Lewiston Journal.
  7. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (September 22, 2002). "TELEVISION/RADIO; A Few Brave Husbands Have Sex on Their Minds". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Salamon, Julie (September 11, 2001). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Three Guys With One Thought". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Mike Binder". Yahoo!.
  10. ^ "Keep Calm". Kirkus Reviews. 2016.

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