ROBERT DE NIRO AND MICHELLE PFEIFFER STAR AS BERNIE AND RUTH MADOFF IN THE HBO MOVIE "THE WIZARD OF LIES" AIRING MAY 20 AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT).
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
Madoff's Ponzi scheme--his deception, lies and cover-up, along with the financier's wife and sons are all catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight in HBO Films' “The Wizard Of Lies,” debuting May 20 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Robert De Niro (Oscar winner for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather II") comes to HBO for the first time in the role of family patriarch Bernie Madoff. Also with her first HBO appearance is Michelle Pfeiffer (Golden Globe winner for "The Fabulous Baker Boys") who portrays Ruth Madoff, Bernie's longtime spouse. Ruth Madoff was Bernie's unwitting partner during the events that led to financial ruin for countless people and institutions.
“The Wizard of Lies” also stars Alessandro Nivola ("American Hustle") as Mark Madoff, Bernie and Ruth's oldest son, and Nathan Darrow ("House of Cards") as Andrew Madoff, their youngest son, both of whom worked with their father at his investment firm.
Other cast members include: Kristen Connolly ("The Cabin in the Woods") as Stephanie Madoff, Mark's wife; Lily Rabe ("Pawn Sacrifice") as Catherine Hooper, Andrew's fiancée; and Hank Azaria ("Brockmire") as Frank DiPascali, Bernie's right-hand man in the Ponzi scheme.
Diana B. Henriques, the first writer to visit Madoff in prison, plays herself.
“The Wizard Of Lies” is directed by Barry Levinson from a script by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum. It’s based on Diana B. Henriques' 2011 New York Times bestselling book "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust," which featured unprecedented access and more than 100 interviews, including Madoff's first interviews for publication since his arrest. "Truth and Consequences," by Laurie Sandell, is additional source material.
Barry Levinson received a Best Director Oscar for the multiple Academy Award-winning "Rain Man," and earned two Oscar(R) nominations as director and producer of "Bugsy," as well as original screenplay Oscar nominations for "Diner," "... and Justice for All" and "Avalon."
He also executive produced and directed HBO Films' "You Don't Know Jack" and executive produced HBO Films' "Phil Spector," both of which earned him Emmy nominations.
“The Wizard Of Lies” is a Tribeca Production ("The Good Shepherd," "Meet the Parents") and a Levinson/Fontana Production (HBO's "Oz") of a Barry Levinson Film; executive producers, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana; Jason Sosnoff co-executive produces; Joseph E. Iberti produces.
Editor's Note: Some information used in this report obtained from HBO publicity department. Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn, HBO.