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Also Known As: Albert Lawrence Einstein, A Brooks Died:
Born: July 22, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, comedian, sportswriter, musician

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Once dubbed the West Coast Woody Allen for his cerebral brand of comedy, actor-writer-director Albert Brooks once turned down the Billy Crystal role in "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989) precisely because it read like a Woody Allen movie - a comparison he assiduously avoided. After receiving his start in show business as a stand-up comedian - a route he also wished to avoid - Brooks finally achieved his dream of becoming an actor when he made his first foray into features with a prominent supporting role in "Taxi Driver" (1976). He made his biggest contribution to movies as director, helming his first film, "Real Life" (1978), which many critics lauded as being the first and one of the best mocumentaries ever made. Returning to the director's chair following a sprinkling of small roles on the big screen, Brooks helmed the romantic comedy, "Modern Romance" (1981), before directing "Lost in America" (1985), his sharp satiric look at American materialism that many considered to be his finest work behind the camera. His best work in front of the lens came with "Broadcast News" (1987), playing a sympathetic news reporter - a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination. He returned to directing with the...

Once dubbed the West Coast Woody Allen for his cerebral brand of comedy, actor-writer-director Albert Brooks once turned down the Billy Crystal role in "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989) precisely because it read like a Woody Allen movie - a comparison he assiduously avoided. After receiving his start in show business as a stand-up comedian - a route he also wished to avoid - Brooks finally achieved his dream of becoming an actor when he made his first foray into features with a prominent supporting role in "Taxi Driver" (1976). He made his biggest contribution to movies as director, helming his first film, "Real Life" (1978), which many critics lauded as being the first and one of the best mocumentaries ever made. Returning to the director's chair following a sprinkling of small roles on the big screen, Brooks helmed the romantic comedy, "Modern Romance" (1981), before directing "Lost in America" (1985), his sharp satiric look at American materialism that many considered to be his finest work behind the camera. His best work in front of the lens came with "Broadcast News" (1987), playing a sympathetic news reporter - a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination. He returned to directing with the philosophical and funny "Defending Your Life" (1991), before helming the more underwhelming "Mother" (1996) and "The Muse" (1999). Though his output diminished in later years, including only one film as director in the new millennium - "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (2005) - Brooks nonetheless remained one of the most gifted and prolific comedic actors of his generation.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Muse, The (1999) Director
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  Mother (1996) Director
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  Defending Your Life (1991) Director
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  Lost in America (1985) Director
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  Modern Romance (1981) Director
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  Real Life (1979) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Finding Dory (2016)
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 Little Prince (2015)
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 This Is 40 (2012)
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 Finding Nemo (2003) Marlin
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 In-Laws, The (2003) Jerry Peyser
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 My First Mister (2001) Randall ("R")
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1962:
Worked as sportswriter for KMPC in Los Angeles, CA
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Worked as a stand-up comic
1968:
Made his TV debut, performing his stand-up act on "The Steve Allen Show" (syndicated)
1969:
Performed as a regular on the summer variety series "Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers" (NBC)
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Provided the voices of Mickey Barnes and Kip for the ABC animated series "Hot Wheels"
1969:
Received first TV writing credit for the ABC variety series "Turn On"
1971:
Made first directorial effort, adapting his <i>Esquire</i> article, "Albert Brooks' Famous School for Comedians" for the PBS series "The Great American Dream Machine"
1973:
Released first comedy album <i>Comedy Minus One</i>
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Wrote, produced and directed six short films during the first season of NBC's "Saturady Night Live"
1975:
Released second comedy album <i>A Star Is Bought</i>; received Grammy nomination
1976:
Made his feature acting debut playing a campaign worker in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"
1979:
Directed, co-wrote (with Monica Johnson and Harry Shearer), and starred in "Real Life"
1980:
Appeared in "Private Benjamin" as Goldie Hawn's short-lived husband
1981:
Directed and starred in "Modern Romance"; also re-teamed with Johnson to co-write
1983:
Credited as A Brooks for supplying Rudyard's voice in James L Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"
1985:
Co-wrote (with Johnson) and directed "Lost in America"; also co-starred opposite Julie Hagerty
1987:
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in James L Brooks' "Broadcast News"
1991:
Co-starred with Meryl Streep in the comedy "Defending Your Life"; also directed and co-wrote (with Johnson)
1994:
Re-teamed with James L Brooks for "I'll Do Anything"
1996:
Played a middle-aged writer moving back home to resolve tensions between himself and his mother (Debbie Reynolds) in the well received comedy feature "Mother"; also directed and co-wrote (with Johnson)
1997:
Played a 65-year-old alcoholic surgeon in Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care"
1998:
Provided the voice of a suicidal tiger in the live-action "Dr. Dolittle"
1998:
Played an untrustworthy banker and ex-convict who teams up with George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
1999:
Co-starred with Sharon Stone in the romantic comedy "The Muse"; also directed and co-wrote (with Johnson)
2001:
Starred in the independent dark comedy "My First Mister"
2003:
Co-starred in the Andrew Fleming comedy "The In-Laws"
2006:
Wrote and directed the comedy "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"; also co-starred
2007:
Joined the cast for "The Simpsons Movie" as Russ Cargill, the film's villain
2008:
Joined the Showtime series "Weeds" as Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) estranged father-in-law
2011:
Appeared in the action film "Drive" opposite Ryan Gosling
2012:
Featured opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in "This Is 40," directed by Judd Apatow
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -
Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1966 - 1968

Notes

About why he came aboard as star and script doctor for "The Scout": "I like to write, but I wanted to take a job. In Hollywood, people thought I would work only for myself or Jim Brooks. I wanted to say, 'That's not true.'

"I came across this script which had been around a long time and was inspired by Roger Angell's The New Yorker article on Fernando Valenzuala.

"Most Hollywood comedies are miserable. There are 80 laughs in this--and not one from fart jokes. In this day and age, that's something." --Albert Brooks, to Stephen Schaefer from New York Post, September 26, 1994.

On turning down Lorne Michaels' offer to be the sole host of the original "Saturday Night Live": "Fame isn't the goal. It's better to be known by six people for something you're proud of than by 60 million for something you're not." --Brooks quoted in People, January 27, 1997.

About his feature acting debut in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver": "My role was only indicated in the script, so I had to write it. Paul Scharader [the film's screenwriter] once said the funniest thing to me. He said, 'Thank you, I didn't understand that character.' And I thought, That's the character you don't understand? You understand Harvey Keitel and Travis Bickle perfectly, but the guy who works at the campaign office you're not sure of?" --Brooks to Premiere, January 1997.

"I've always felt like I work in a small little area that doesn't represent ANYTHING like the rest of society." --Brooks quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 30, 1999.

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companion:
Carrie Fisher. Actor, writer. Carrie's mother Debbie Reynolds used to try to convince the pair to wed, prompting her daughter's retort: "Mother, there can't be two neurotic parents!".
companion:
Linda Ronstadt. Singer. Lived with her for two years during the 1970s.
companion:
Kathryn Harrold. Actor. Co-starred with her in "Modern Romance" (1981).
companion:
Julie Hagerty. Actor. Acted opposite her in "Lost in America" (1985).
wife:
Kimberly Shlain. Multi-media creative director. Married on March 15, 1997 in San Francisco, California; born c. 1965; mother of Jacob and Claire.
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father:
Harry Einstein. Comedian, actor. Born in 1904; died in 1958; best known for his Greek dialect character Parkyarkarkus; appeared in "Strike Me Pink" (1936), "New Faces of 1937" (1937), "Night Spot" (1938), "Sweethearts of the U.S.A." (1944), "Out of This World" (1945), and "Earl Carroll's Vanities" (1945); had Paget's disease, a rare spinal cord problem, but died of a heart attack at a Friars Club banquet roast of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
mother:
Thelma Einstein. Former actor. Born c. 1912; met husband shooting "New Faces of 1937".
brother:
Clifford Einstein. Advertising executive. Older; came up with unique trailer for "Mother" which played before showings of "Mission: Impossible" in 1996.
brother:
Bob Einstein. Stuntman, writer, performer. Played a sporting-goods salesman in brother's "Modern Romance" (1981).
son:
Jacob Eli Brooks. Born on October 1, 1998; mother, Kimberly Brooks.
daughter:
Claire Elizabeth Brooks. Born on March 27, 2000; mother, Kimberly Brooks.
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