Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, one of many films Johnson made with Levinson during a twelve-year span.
In his successful partnership with Barry Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Toys, Young Sherlock Holmes, Avalon, Diner and Bugsy, nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.
His recent slate of motion pictures includes all three films of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Nick Cassavetes’ dramas My Sister’s Keeper and The Notebook; the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot; The Rookie directed by John Lee Hancock; Mike Newell’s gangster drama Donnie Brasco; and Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World.
Johnson is currently in production on the Untitled David Chase Project, which is being directed by David Chase and will be released by Paramount Pictures. He also produced with Guillermo del Toro the upcoming Miramax fantasy horror film Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. He is the executive producer of the Emmy nominated AMC drama Breaking Bad, which is currently filming its fourth season.
Johnson also serves as the Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Language Film Award Committee and as a Governor for the Producers’ Branch.