Barrie M. Osborne '66
Motion picture film producer Barrie Osborne has achieved enormous success, earned the respect of his peers and found personal satisfaction in a most competitive career field.
Osborne is currently producing three motion pictures simultaneously —J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy—with the first of the movies, The Fellowship of the Ring, due to be released in December 2001. Over his 31-plus year career, he has been involved with 48 motion picture productions.
After graduating from Carleton with a sociology major, Osborne spent four years in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant. He entered the film industry in 1970 as an apprentice editor and assistant production manager. While completing the New York Directors Guild of America trainee program in 1974-75, Osborne worked under the tutelage of directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Alan Pakula and Sidney Pollack on several films, including The Godfather Part II, Three Days of the Condor and All the President's Men.
He subsequently worked on 17 films in a variety of production and directorial capacities. Among these were Apocalypse Now, The Big Chill, Peggy Sue Got Married and The Cotton Club. From 1985-87, as Vice President for Feature Production at Walt Disney Pictures, Osborne oversaw 15 motion pictures; among them were Ruthless People, Three Men and a Baby, Tin Men, Roger Rabbit and Good Morning, Vietnam.
Since 1987, Osborne has been the executive producer for several other films, including Dick Tracy, Rapa Nui, Face/Off and 1999's The Matrix, which won Academy Awards in the categories of Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects and Film Editing.
Osborne is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' scientific and technical awards committee (production), Producers' Forum and Entertainment Coalition 2000. Osborne and his partner, Carol Kim, have one daughter; they live in Seatoun, Wellington, New Zealand.