IRA GALLEN BIOGRAPHY

"One Man’s Obsession with the Past creates a wave of Nostalgia.” -Ron Alexander, The New York Times

"(Ira Gallen is) One of the Industry’s Top Tracers of lost film and Television.” -New York Daily News

"These Commercials and Television Shows are a Social History of the way we were over fifty years ago, it’s more than a Nostalgia buff can stand.” -Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight

Ira Gallen has been renowned as the “TV, Toy and Nostalgia Guy” since he pioneered the popularity of reviewing toys, pop culture items and historical stock footage on many leading news, movies, music videos, documentaries and television shows starting in the 1980’s.

As one of the leading self-proclaimed “Baby Boomer Gurus” of the television-collecting generation, he has garnered a loyal following of fans and clients that make up the Who's Who of the entertainment world: celebrities, major corporations, universities, scholars, and nostalgia fans worldwide for over 45 years.

Gallen has enjoyed and long and storied career in the film and television industry since 1972. He has worked alongside respected, iconic filmmakers such as Sidney Pollack, John Schlesinger, Michael Winner, J Lee Thompson,  Gil Cates, Dino Delaurentiis and notable actors such as Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, and Fred Astaire, among others on films such as: Death Wish, 3 Days of the Condor, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams, Marathon Man, Shaft's Big Score, Kramer vs Kramer, Rocky II, Man in a Santa Claus Suit, Gumball Rally, and more.

Saving TV Commercials in 1989

In the late 1980s Gallen created and starred in his own Public Access television show called Biograph Days, Biograph Nights, a nostalgia show which showcased vintage commercials, films and newsreels from his archives, covered toys and gadgets and profiled the latest film directors. The show ran for 20 years and garnered a large and loyal following and critical praise. 

In My Living Room Saving TV Commercials 1989
Every time I thought I was finished collecting television shows and commercials someone pulls me back in.

Gallen is the author of multiple books on nostalgia, the Baby Boomer generation and the film director D.W. Griffith. He is an avid collector of all things related to film and television history and is devoted to preserving this history for Baby Boomers, nostalgia fans and current and future generations to come.

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