Robert Lantos was born in Hungary and spent much of his childhood in Uruguay, where his family emigrated after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He and his family arrived in Canada in 1963.
In 1972, when Robert was still a student at McGill University, he co-founded the company that grew into Alliance Communications Corporation, which for 25 years was Canada's largest film and television production/distribution company and a leading specialty broadcaster. He was Alliance's Chairman and CEO until he sold his controlling interest in 1998.
He is a distinguished producer who has made some 40 feature films. Four of his films - The Sweet Hereafter, Being Julia, Eastern Promises and Barney's Version - received Academy Award® Nominations, while Sunshine and Eastern Promises were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and Being Julia and Barney's Version each won Golden Globes. His most recent film is Remember, starring Academy Award® Winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau and directed by Atom Egoyan. His next production is Through Black Spruce, adapted from the Giller Prize winning novel by Joseph Boyden.
Eight of Robert's films have been in the Official Cannes Selection, where The Sweet Hereafter won the Grand Prix and the International Critics Prize. Crash won a Special Jury Prize and Adoration won the Ecumenical Prize.
Robert has four times been awarded the Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture for Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat and Sunshine. Ten of his films have been chosen as the opening night galas of TIFF. Among them Joshua Then and Now, based on the novel by Mordecai Richler; Fugitive Pieces, based on the novel by Anne Michaels; Whale Music based on the novel by Paul Quarrington; Black Robe based on the novel by Brian Moore and Being Julia based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. His numerous television credits include Due South, North of 60, E.N.G, Night Heat, Sword of Gideon, The Hunchback and Shot Through the Heart. He has won the award for best Canadian television drama ten times.
In 1995, Robert launched the specialty network Showcase and two years later, History Television.
Robert is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts Award and The Toronto Arts Award. He received the Academy of Canadian Film and Television's Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Business of Filmmaking". He is also an inductee in the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. Robert is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, European Film Academy and holds honorary doctorates from McGill University and the University of Haifa.