James L. Brooks

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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.

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

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.

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Gender -

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1940-05-09

Place of Birth North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

Adult Actor False

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Production TV ShowsMovies

2010 How Do You Know … Producer
2007 The Simpsons Movie … Producer
2004 Spanglish … Producer
2001 What About Joan?(21 episodes) … Producer
1997 As Good as It Gets … Producer
1996 Jerry Maguire … Producer
1996 Bottle Rocket … Executive Producer
1994 The Critic(40 episodes) … Producer
1993 Phenom(22 episodes) … Producer
1991 Sibs(23 episodes) … Producer
1990 The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show … Executive Producer
1989 The Simpsons(613 episodes) … Executive Producer
1989 The War of the Roses … Producer
1989 Say Anything... … Executive Producer
1988 Big … Producer
1987 Broadcast News … Producer
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show(81 episodes) … Executive Producer
1983 Terms of Endearment … Producer
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 Game … Producer
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show(179 episodes) … Executive Producer
1900 Cindy(0 episodes) … Producer
1900 Tracey Ullman Show(0 episodes) … Executive Producer

Writing

2012 The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare … Writer
2010 How Do You Know … Writer
2007 The Simpsons Movie … Screenplay
2004 Spanglish … Author
1997 As Good as It Gets … Screenplay
1994 I'll Do Anything … Writer
1989 The Simpsons(16 episodes) … Writer
1987 Broadcast News … Screenplay
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show(81 episodes) … Writer
1983 Terms of Endearment … Screenplay
1979 Starting Over … Writer
1978 Taxi(1 episode) … Writer
1977 Lou Grant(114 episodes) … Writer
1974 Rhoda(2 episodes) … Writer
1974 Thursday's Game … Writer
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

Creator

1987 The Tracey Ullman Show … Creator
1979 The Associates … Creator
1978 Taxi … Creator
1977 Lou Grant … Creator
1974 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers … Creator
1974 Rhoda … Creator
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show … Creator
1969 Room 222 … Creator

Directing

2010 How Do You Know … Director
2004 Spanglish … Director
1997 As Good as It Gets … Director
1994 I'll Do Anything … Director
1987 Broadcast News … Director
1983 Terms of Endearment … Director

Acting

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
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)

Crew

2011 50/50 … Thanks

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