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Born: July 22, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...


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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