Commencement Speaker

Richard Baratta

Renowned Hollywood executive producer and musician

Renowned Hollywood executive producer Richard Baratta will deliver the Commencement address for all four ceremonies and receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Baratta has worked on some of the highest-grossing films in recent years, including “Joker” (2019), which was one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time and one of the top 10 highest-grossing films in 2019. He was also an executive producer on Martin Scorsese’s recent film, “The Irishman,” and he co-produced “Wolf of Wall Street” andAcross the Universe” and has worked on five Spider-Man movies, as well as “Big” andWorking Girl,” to name just a few of his many credits.    

Baratta first visited FDU’s Florham Campus in 2019 while serving as an adviser for Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which was partially filmed on campus. A talented musician as well, Baratta is now focusing heavily on his musical career.

View Baratta’s full list of credits on IMDB here.

Meet Baratta

Richard Baratta with Martin Scorsese

Baratta worked with Martin Scorsese as on “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Baratta on the Wolf of Wall Street boat

Baratta on the set of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Baratta worked as a production assistant on “Heartburn” featuring Jack Nicholson.

Baratta with Joe Pesci

Baratta with Joe Pesci during the filming of “The Irishman.”