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James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. After dropping out of New York University, he got a job as an usher at CBS, going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. He moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper's documentaries. After being laid off he met producer Allan Burns who secured him a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car.

Brooks wrote for several shows before being hired as a story editor on My Friend Tony and later creating the series Room 222. Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. The show, one of the first to feature an independent working woman as its lead character, was critically acclaimed and won Brooks several Primetime Emmy Awards. Brooks and Burns then created two successful spin-offs from Mary Tyler Moore in the shape of Rhoda (a comedy) and Lou Grant (a drama). Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the sitcom Taxi which, despite winning multiple Emmys, suffered from low ratings and was canceled twice.

He moved into feature film work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film Starting Over. His next project was the critically acclaimed film Terms of Endearment, which he produced, directed and wrote, winning an Academy Award for all three positions. Basing his next film, Broadcast News, on his journalistic experiences the film earned him a further two Academy Award nominations. Although his 1994 work I'll Do Anything was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, As Good as It Gets (co-written with Mark Andrus) earned further praise. It was seven years until his next film, which came in the shape of 2004's Spanglish. His sixth film, How Do You Know, was released in 2010. Brooks also produced and mentored Cameron Crowe on Say Anything... (1989) and Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson on Bottle Rocket (1996).

Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of The Tracey Ullman Show. He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989. The Simpsons won numerous awards and is still running after 20 years. Brooks also co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, The Simpsons Movie. In total, Brooks has received 47 Emmy nominations, winning 20 of them.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. After dropping out of New York University, he got a job as an usher at CBS, going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. He moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper's documentaries. After being laid off he met producer Allan Burns who secured him a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car.

Brooks wrote for several shows before being hired as a story editor on My Friend Tony and later creating the series Room 222. Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. The show, one of the first to feature an independent working woman as its lead character, was critically acclaimed and won Brooks several Primetime Emmy Awards. Brooks and Burns then created two successful spin-offs from Mary Tyler Moore in the shape of Rhoda (a comedy) and Lou Grant (a drama). Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the sitcom Taxi which, despite winning multiple Emmys, suffered from low ratings and was canceled twice.

He moved into feature film work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film Starting Over. His next project was the critically acclaimed film Terms of Endearment, which he produced, directed and wrote, winning an Academy Award for all three positions. Basing his next film, Broadcast News, on his journalistic experiences the film earned him a further two Academy Award nominations. Although his 1994 work I'll Do Anything was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, As Good as It Gets (co-written with Mark Andrus) earned further praise. It was seven years until his next film, which came in the shape of 2004's Spanglish. His sixth film, How Do You Know, was released in 2010. Brooks also produced and mentored Cameron Crowe on Say Anything... (1989) and Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson on Bottle Rocket (1996).

Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of The Tracey Ullman Show. He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989. The Simpsons won numerous awards and is still running after 20 years. Brooks also co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, The Simpsons Movie. In total, Brooks has received 47 Emmy nominations, winning 20 of them.

Description above from the Wikipedia article James L. Brooks, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 46

Birthday 1940-05-09

Place of Birth North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

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Production TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Edge of SeventeenProducer
2016 Tracey Ullman's Show(0 episodes)Executive Producer
2010 How Do You KnowProducer
2007 The Simpsons MovieProducer
2004 SpanglishProducer
2001 What About Joan?(21 episodes)Producer
1997 As Good as It GetsProducer
1996 Jerry MaguireProducer
1996 Bottle RocketExecutive Producer
1994 I'll Do AnythingProducer
1994 The Critic(40 episodes)Producer
1993 Phenom(22 episodes)Producer
1991 Sibs(23 episodes)Producer
1990 The Best of the Tracey Ullman ShowExecutive Producer
1989 The Simpsons(613 episodes)Executive Producer
1989 The War of the RosesProducer
1989 Say Anything...Executive Producer
1988 BigProducer
1987 Broadcast NewsProducer
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show(81 episodes)Executive Producer
1983 Terms of EndearmentProducer
1979 The Associates(13 episodes)Producer
1978 Taxi(114 episodes)Executive Producer
1977 Lou Grant(114 episodes)Producer
1974 Rhoda(111 episodes)Producer
1974 Thursday's GameProducer
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show(180 episodes)Executive Producer
1900 Cindy(0 episodes)Producer

Writing

2012 Maggie Simpson in The Longest DaycareWriter
2010 How Do You KnowWriter
2007 The Simpsons MovieScreenplay
2004 SpanglishAuthor
1997 As Good as It GetsScreenplay
1994 I'll Do AnythingWriter
1989 The Simpsons(11 episodes)Writer
1987 Broadcast NewsScreenplay
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show(81 episodes)Writer
1983 Terms of EndearmentScreenplay
1979 Starting OverWriter
1978 Taxi(1 episode)Writer
1977 Lou Grant(114 episodes)Writer
1974 Rhoda(2 episodes)Writer
1974 Thursday's GameWriter
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show(7 episodes)Writer
1968 The Doris Day Show(1 episode)Writer
1967 Accidental Family(1 episode)Writer
1966 That Girl(1 episode)Writer
1965 My Mother the Car(2 episodes)Writer
1960 The Andy Griffith Show(2 episodes)Writer

Acting

2016 Harry Benson: Shoot First as Himself
2016 Mike Nichols: An American Master
2015 Misery Loves Comedy as Himself
2011 Hans Zimmer - Der Sound für Hollywood as Himself
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Prisoners of Gravity(1 episode)
1981 Modern Romance as David
1979 Real Life as Driving Evaluator
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)

Creator

1987 The Tracey Ullman ShowCreator
1979 The AssociatesCreator
1978 TaxiCreator
1977 Lou GrantCreator
1974 Paul Sand in Friends and LoversCreator
1974 RhodaCreator
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore ShowCreator
1969 Room 222Creator

Directing

2010 How Do You KnowDirector
2004 SpanglishDirector
1997 As Good as It GetsDirector
1994 I'll Do AnythingDirector
1987 Broadcast NewsDirector
1983 Terms of EndearmentDirector

Crew

2011 50/50Thanks

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