James L. Brooks, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


James L. Brooks

American director, producer and screenwriter

Date of Birth: 09-May-1940

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Profession: screenwriter, writer, film director, film producer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About James L. Brooks

  • James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer and screenwriter.
  • While 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 created 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: 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. Brooks 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 roles.
  • 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, 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). In 1984, Brooks founded the television and film company, Gracie Films.
  • 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.
  • Brooks also co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, The Simpsons Movie.
  • In total, Brooks has received 53 Emmy nominations, winning 21 of them.

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