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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 8, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, actor

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After enjoying one of the more impressive career ascensions of the 1980s and 1990s, writer-producer-director Martin Brest crashed in spectacular fashion with a film almost universally derided as the worst of the year, if not the decade. Having established his pedigree with film projects at New York University's School of the Arts and Los Angeles' American Film Institute Conservatory, Brest earned his stripes as the director of the modest comedy-drama "Going In Style" (1979). He found unexpected studio success with the Eddie Murphy blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), a project he had nearly turned down. The Robert De Niro-Charles Gordon action-comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) kept the winning streak going, while the critically-acclaimed "Scent of a Woman" (1992) proved the director just as capable of delivering affecting drama as gunfights and belly laughs. The first chink in Brest's armor came with the Brad Pitt vehicle "Meet Joe Black" (1998), a beautifully filmed, yet ponderous drama that failed to connect with its anticipated audience. If "Scent" and "Joe Black" represented the crest, then the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez romantic-drama "Gigli" (2003) epitomized the crash. A critical and commercial...

After enjoying one of the more impressive career ascensions of the 1980s and 1990s, writer-producer-director Martin Brest crashed in spectacular fashion with a film almost universally derided as the worst of the year, if not the decade. Having established his pedigree with film projects at New York University's School of the Arts and Los Angeles' American Film Institute Conservatory, Brest earned his stripes as the director of the modest comedy-drama "Going In Style" (1979). He found unexpected studio success with the Eddie Murphy blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), a project he had nearly turned down. The Robert De Niro-Charles Gordon action-comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) kept the winning streak going, while the critically-acclaimed "Scent of a Woman" (1992) proved the director just as capable of delivering affecting drama as gunfights and belly laughs. The first chink in Brest's armor came with the Brad Pitt vehicle "Meet Joe Black" (1998), a beautifully filmed, yet ponderous drama that failed to connect with its anticipated audience. If "Scent" and "Joe Black" represented the crest, then the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez romantic-drama "Gigli" (2003) epitomized the crash. A critical and commercial disaster of career-destroying proportions, "Gigli" loomed like an epitaph over a body of work that boasted some of the most successful films of the decade, made all the more ominous by Brest's cinematic inactivity in the years that followed.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Gigli (2003) Director
2.
  Meet Joe Black (1998) Director
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  Scent Of A Woman (1992) Director
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  Midnight Run (1988) Director
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  Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Director
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  Going in Style (1979) Director
7.
  Hot Tomorrows (1977) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spies Like Us (1985) Drive-In Security
2.
 Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) Dr Miller
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1977:
Wrote, directed, produced and edited first feature, "Hot Tomorrows"; shown at 1977 New York Film Festival; originated as AFI student project
1979:
Directed and wrote first Hollywood feature, "Going in Style" starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg
:
Formed City Light Films; served as president
1984:
Helmed the popular Eddie Murphy vehicle "Beverly Hills Cop"
1988:
First producing credit, "Midnight Run"; also directed
1992:
Earned Oscar nominations as producer and director of the Americanized remake, "Scent of a Woman"
1993:
First feature as producer only, "Josh and S.A.M."
1998:
Returned to the director's chair with "Meet Joe Black", a loose remake of Mitchell Leisen's 1934 film "Death Takes a Holiday"; also produced
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Education

AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California -
AFI Conservatory: - 1973
New York University: New York , New York -
Stuyvesant High School: New York , New York - 1969
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1973 - 1975

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wife:
Lisa Weinstein. Producer.

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son:
Isaac Brest.

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