Guber, Peter 1942–

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GUBER, Peter 1942


Full name, Howard Peter Guber; born March 1, 1942, in Boston, MA (some sources say Syracuse, NY); son of Samuel and Ruth Guber; married Lynda Gellis (a film producer); children: Jodie, Elizabeth, two sons. Education: Syracuse University, B.A.; New York University, M.B.A., J.D., and L.L.M.; University of Florence, S.S.P.

Addresses: Office Mandalay Entertainment, 10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Career: Producer. Columbia Pictures, production executive, 196876; Casablanca Record and Film Works, chairperson of board of directors, 197680; PolyGram Pictures, chairperson, 198083; GuberPeters Entertainment Company, cochairperson and coowner, 198388; GuberPetersBarris Entertainment Co., cochairperson and managing director, 198889, chairperson, 1989; Columbia Pictures, studio chief and cochairperson, 198994. Sony Pictures Entertainment, chairperson and chief executive officer, 198994; Mandalay Entertainment, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, c. 2003; Peter Guber's Film-works, principal. University of California, Los Angeles, adjunct professor and chairperson of producer's department, School of Theatre Arts. Bel Air Savings and Loan Association, founder and director; member of the New York, California, and Washington, DC, bars.

Awards, Honors: Named NATO Producer of the Year, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1971 and 1979; Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe Award nomination, both c. 1977, for The Deep; six Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, two Academy Awards, three Film Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Los Angeles Film Critics Award, all c. 1978, for Midnight Express; Academy Award, c. 1981, for An American Werewolf in London; Palm D'Or Award, Cannes International Film Festival, five Golden Globe Award nominations, four Academy Awards, seven Film Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Christopher Award, best picture of the year, all c. 1982, for Missing; Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Grammy Award nominations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, all c. 1983, for Flashdance; Emmy Award nomination, best information, cultural, or historical program, 1984, for Television and the Presidency; Academy Award nomination, best picture, 1985, for The Color Purple; Academy Award, best picture, 1988, for Rain Man; Academy Award and Double Platinum Award, for Thank God It's Friday; Emmy award, documentary category, for Mysteries of the Sea; Albert Gallatin fellow, New York University; Ardent Award, Syracuse University.


Film Executive Producer:

Midnight Express, Columbia, 1978.

An American Werewolf in London (also known as American Werewolf ), Universal, 1981.

Missing, Universal, 1982.

Flashdance, Paramount, 1983.

D.C. Cab (also known as Street Fleet ), Universal, 1983.

The Legend of Billie Jean (also known as Fair Is Fair ), TriStar, 1985.

The Color Purple, Warner Bros., 1985.

(With Jon Peters, George Folsey, Jr., and John Landis) Clue (also known as Clue: The Movie ), Paramount, 1985.

(With Peters) Youngblood, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1986.

(With Peters) Head Office, TriStar, 1986.

(With Peters, Mark Damon, and John W. Hyde) The Clan of the Cave Bear, Warner Bros., 1986.

(With Peters and Roger Birnbaum) Who's That Girl?, Warner Bros., 1987.

(With Peters and Steven Spielberg) Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987.

(With Peters) Rain Man, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1988.

(With Peters) Gorillas in the Mist (also known as The Adventure of Dian Fossey and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey ), Universal, 1988.

Missing Link, 1988.

The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990.

(With Peters, Benjamin Melniker, and Michael Uslan) Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992.

(With Peters) This Boy's Life, Warner Bros., 1993.

(With Peters) With Honors, Warner Bros., 1994.

Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage, 1999.

Alex and Emma, Warner Bros., 2003.

Beyond Borders, Paramount, 2003.

Film Producer:

The Deep, Columbia, 1977.

Thank God It's Friday, Columbia, 1978.

Missing, Universal, 1982.

Six Weeks, Universal, 1982.

Vision Quest (also known as Crazy for You ), Warner Bros., 1985.

(With Jon Peters and Neil Canton), The Witches of East-wick, Warner Bros., 1987.

(With Peters and Canton), Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988.

(With Peters), Tango and Cash, Warner Bros., 1989.

(With Peters and Chris Kenny), Batman, Warner Bros., 1989.

Also produced Endless Love.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Dreams, CBS, 1984.

Oceanquest, NBC, 1985.

Rude Awakening, Showtime, 1998.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

The Toughest Man in the World, CBS, 1984.

(With Jon Peters) Brotherhood of Justice, ABC, 1986.

Bay Coven (also known as Strangers in Town, The Devils of Bay Cove, and Eye of the Demon ), NBC, 1987.

Nightmare at Bitter Creek (also known as Bitter Creek ), CBS, 1988.

Finish Line, 1989.

Television Work; Pilots:

Deprivers, 2003.

Television Work; Specials:

Producer, Stand by Your Man, 1981.

(With Jon Peters) Executive producer, Television and the Presidency, syndicated, 1983.

Producer, The Selling of the President, 1984.

Executive producer, Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery, CBS, 1986.

Executive producer, Superman 50th Anniversary, 1988.

Also produced Mysteries of the Sea; The Donna Summer Special; Double Platinum; David Steinberg's Hollywood Stars.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Host, Sunday Morning ShootOut, AMC, 2003.



(With Peter Bart) Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and (Mis)-Fortune in Hollywood, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002.

Author of Inside the Deep and Above the Title.



Griffith, Susan, and Kim Masters, Hit and RunHow Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood, Simon & Schuster, 1996.


Broadcasting & Cable, October 3, 1994, p. 16.

Forbes, May 29, 2000, p. 116.

New York Times, October 22, 1989.

Variety, August 23, 1999, p. 1; July 15, 2002, p. S14.