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Although executive producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber grabbed an Oscar the night "Rain Man" (1988) won Best Picture honors and posed for a widely-circulated picture, the real winner of the statuette was the film's producer Mark Johnson, longtime collaborator of its director Barry Levinson. The pair met on the set of the Mel Brooks comedy "High Anxiety" (1977) where Levinson was the screenwriter and Johnson an assistant director, and their partnership began in earnest when Johnson executive produced Levinson's acclaimed directorial debut, "Diner" (1982). After that, he served as producer on all 10 of Levinson's movies through "Jimmy Hollywood" (1994), as well as co-executive producing the short-lived ABC comedy series "Harry" (1987). Although the self-effacing Johnson does not attribute any of the artistic achievement of these films (including "The Natural" 1984, "Tin Men" 1987, "Avalon" 1990, and "Bugsy" 1991) to his efforts, he clearly showed a sensitive and supportive talent for opening creative spaces for Levinson, his actors and crew.
Johnson and Levinson were all set to make "Donnie Brasco" (1997) with Al Pacino and Tom Cruise when "GoodFellas" (1990) came out and "no one wanted to compete with Martin Scorsese," so they shelved the movie indefinitely, eventually casting Johnny Depp opposite Pacino. Away from Levinson, Johnson produced Clint Eastwood's "A Perfect World" (1993) and Alfonso Cuaron's remake of "The Little Princess" (1995), the third film adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel "Sarah Crewe." Don Parisot's "Home Fries" (1998), starring Drew Barrymore, reteamed him with Levinson (and Lawrence Kasdan and Charles Newirth) as producers, and he executive produced Rand Ravich's "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999). Among the numerous projects Johnson has in various stages of development are the TV pilot "Falcone," based on the same material that was the basis for "Donnie Brasco," and a screen version of Nicholas Sparks' best-seller "The Notebook" (lensed 1999).
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Moved to Spain with mother, brother and sister at age seven
Moved back to the United States at age 18 to enroll at the University of Virginia
Moved to New York City; worked as a production assistant on TV commercials; began in editing, later assumed responsibilities related to producing
Studies with DGA program led to first feature film credit as production assistant on Paul Mazursky's "Next Stop, Greenwich Village"
Worked as an assistant director on Mel Brooks' "High Anxiety"; first met Barry Levinson, one of the film's writers
Served as executive in charge of production on William Friedkin's controversial "Cruising", starring Al Pacino
First collaboration with director/screenwriter Levinson; executive produced "Diner"
Produced "Diner", a half-hour TV adaptation for CBS of the successful feature film; unsold pilot based on the successful film
Co-executive produced (with Levinson and star Alan Arkin) short-lived ABC comedy series, "Harry"
With Levinson, produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Rain Man"
First film produced by Baltimore Pictures not directed by Levinson, Steven Soderbergh's "Kafka"
Served as a producer (along with Levinson and star Warren Beatty) on the Academy Award nominated Best Picture "Bugsy"
Reteamed with Clint Eastwood (who directed and co-starred) as producer of "A Perfect World"
Produced Alfonso Cuaron's remake of "The Little Princess"
Signed two-year production deal with DreamWorks
Reunited with Levinson as producer on "Donnie Brasco", helmed by Mike Newell and starring Pacino and Johnny Depp
One of four producers (along with Levinson, Lawrence Kasdan and Charles Newirth) for Don Parisot's "Home Fries", starring Drew Barrymore
Executive produced "The Astronaut's Wife", directed by Rand Ravich; project reuinted him with star Johnny Depp