James Toback is an American screenwriter and film director.
After graduating from Harvard, Tobak became a journalist. Assigned to write an article on football star Jim Brown, he instead wrote the 1971 book, “Jim.” Toback?s first screenplay was the semi-autobiographical “The Gambler” (1974), drawing on his experiences as a college professor and a compulsive gambler. Much of the film was shot at the City College of New York, where he taught writing during the early 1970s. Toback entered the realm of directing with the 1978 film, “Fingers,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. He also wrote and directed “Love and Money” (1982) and “The Pick-up Artist” (1987).
In the 1990s, Toback made the documentary “The Big Bang,”which he followed up with “Bugsy” (1991), “Two Girls and a Guy” (1997), “Black and White” (1999) and “Harvard Man” (2001).