Bob Balaban is an American actor, director and producer. He has been acting since the 1960s, debuting in 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. The following decade, he had roles in the films The Strawberry Statement, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Girlfriends. In the ’80s, he landed roles in the films Altered States, 2010, and End of the Line. He later played recurring role Russell Dalrymple in the sitcom Seinfeld in the early 1990s.
He also starred in the films Alice, Clockwatchers, Deconstructing Harry, and Cradle Will Rock. In the 2000s, he had notable performances in the movies Gosford Park, The Majestic, and Lady in the Water. He also portrayed William Shawn in Capote. More recently in the 2010s, he starred in The Monuments Men and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He also starred as Reuel Abbott in the TV series Condor. He currently stars as Keaton Hobart in The Politician.