Worked as sportswriter for KMPC in Los Angeles, CA
Worked as a stand-up comic
Made his TV debut, performing his stand-up act on "The Steve Allen Show" (syndicated)
Performed as a regular on the summer variety series "Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers" (NBC)
Provided the voices of Mickey Barnes and Kip for the ABC animated series "Hot Wheels"
Received first TV writing credit for the ABC variety series "Turn On"
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"
Released first comedy album <i>Comedy Minus One</i>
Wrote, produced and directed six short films during the first season of NBC's "Saturady Night Live"
Released second comedy album <i>A Star Is Bought</i>; received Grammy nomination
Made his feature acting debut playing a campaign worker in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"
Directed, co-wrote (with Monica Johnson and Harry Shearer), and starred in "Real Life"
Appeared in "Private Benjamin" as Goldie Hawn's short-lived husband
Directed and starred in "Modern Romance"; also re-teamed with Johnson to co-write
Credited as A Brooks for supplying Rudyard's voice in James L Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"
Co-wrote (with Johnson) and directed "Lost in America"; also co-starred opposite Julie Hagerty
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in James L Brooks' "Broadcast News"
Co-starred with Meryl Streep in the comedy "Defending Your Life"; also directed and co-wrote (with Johnson)
Re-teamed with James L Brooks for "I'll Do Anything"
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)
Played a 65-year-old alcoholic surgeon in Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care"
Provided the voice of a suicidal tiger in the live-action "Dr. Dolittle"
Played an untrustworthy banker and ex-convict who teams up with George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
Co-starred with Sharon Stone in the romantic comedy "The Muse"; also directed and co-wrote (with Johnson)
Starred in the independent dark comedy "My First Mister"
Co-starred in the Andrew Fleming comedy "The In-Laws"
Wrote and directed the comedy "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"; also co-starred
Joined the cast for "The Simpsons Movie" as Russ Cargill, the film's villain
Joined the Showtime series "Weeds" as Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) estranged father-in-law
Appeared in the action film "Drive" opposite Ryan Gosling
Featured opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in "This Is 40," directed by Judd Apatow