Bob Weinstein Biography

Bob Weinstein is an American film producer and co-founder of renowned film companies such as Miramax and The Weinstein Company. With a lifelong passion for film, Bob and his brother Harvey started their journey by organizing concerts and showcasing films while still in college. Their hard work paid off when they established Miramax in the 1970s, which quickly gained success. Miramax eventually caught the attention of The Walt Disney Company, who acquired it for $60 million. Bob and Harvey continued their success with the launch of The Weinstein Company in 2005, which became one of the leading mini-major film studios in the country. Unfortunately, the company faced a major setback in 2018 due to a scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, leading to its closure and bankruptcy.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Robert Weinstein
  • Age: 69 Years, 69 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Annie Clayton (m. 2000–2012)
    • Father: Max Weinstein
    • Mother: Miriam Postel
    • Siblings: Harvey Weinstein
    • Children: Nicole Weinstein, Sarah Weinstein
  • Born Country: United States
  • T V & Movie Producers
  • American Men
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers

Childhood & Early Life

Bob Weinstein was born on October 18, 1954, in Flushing, New York into a Jewish family. His father, Max Weinstein, was a diamond cutter while his mother, Miriam (née Postel), was a homemaker. Bob has an elder brother named Harvey. They grew up in a small two-bedroom apartment in a lower-middle-class housing cooperative called Electchester. They shared the same bedroom and both attended John Bowne High School. Their father took them to movies every Saturday, sparking their passion for the film industry.

Career

In the early 1970s, Bob Weinstein dropped out of college to join his brother Harvey at the University of Buffalo. They initially arranged concerts at Century Theater, featuring artists like Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. However, they soon realized that concerts were not very profitable and started showing movies as well. In 1979, they formed an independent film distribution company called Miramax, which focused on distributing independent films rejected by major studios.

Throughout the 1980s, Miramax released art-house films that gained critical attention and modest profit. While Harvey bought and produced the films, Bob focused on finance and administration. Miramax gained nationwide publicity in 1988 with the release of the documentary “The Thin Blue Line,” leading to the release of a wrongfully convicted individual. In 1989, Miramax became the most successful independent studio with the release of “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.” Bob also debuted as a co-executive producer in the same year.

In the early 1990s, Miramax faced financial difficulties due to competition in the independent film sector. Bob founded a new label called Dimension Film to distribute films deemed unsuitable for release under the Miramax title. In 1993, Miramax was bought by The Walt Disney Company, but Harvey and Bob continued to run the company with some autonomy until 2005 when they left to form The Weinstein Company (TWC).

On March 15, 2005, they launched TWC, which became one of the largest mini-major film studios in North America. TWC faced financial troubles but managed to regain its position by 2011. However, in 2017, sexual harassment charges were published against Harvey, leading to the downfall of the company. Bob’s efforts to save the company were unsuccessful, and TWC filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

Family & Personal Life

Bob Weinstein is believed to have been married twice. He has three children from his first marriage. In 2000, he married Annie Clayton, a former book editor, and they have two daughters together. Annie filed for divorce in 2012.

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