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Also Known As: Jim Brooks Died:
Born: May 9, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, newswriter, copyboy

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Since the late 1960s, writer-director-producer James L. Brooks was a powerful comedic force on both the big screen and on television, creating multi-awarding winning fare that also proved to be smashing popular hits. After getting his start as a writer on shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and "My Three Sons" (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), a groundbreaking sitcom centered around a single, independent woman that earned several Emmy Awards and became one of the most revered programs of all time. Brooks continued his television success with "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983) before experiencing Academy Award triumph with his sentimental, but not maudlin tragic-comedy, "Terms of Endearment" (1983). He followed up with "Broadcast News" (1987), a hilariously honest look at the complicated lives of people in the television news business, before creating with animator Matt Groening "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ), an animated sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon and later a hugely successful movie in 2007. He had more critical and awards success with the heartwarming romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets" (1997), which only confirmed his unique...

Since the late 1960s, writer-director-producer James L. Brooks was a powerful comedic force on both the big screen and on television, creating multi-awarding winning fare that also proved to be smashing popular hits. After getting his start as a writer on shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and "My Three Sons" (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), a groundbreaking sitcom centered around a single, independent woman that earned several Emmy Awards and became one of the most revered programs of all time. Brooks continued his television success with "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983) before experiencing Academy Award triumph with his sentimental, but not maudlin tragic-comedy, "Terms of Endearment" (1983). He followed up with "Broadcast News" (1987), a hilariously honest look at the complicated lives of people in the television news business, before creating with animator Matt Groening "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ), an animated sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon and later a hugely successful movie in 2007. He had more critical and awards success with the heartwarming romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets" (1997), which only confirmed his unique ability to create popular fare in all mediums that was also lauded by critics.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Spanglish (2004) Director
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  As Good As it Gets (1997) Director
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  I'll Do Anything (1994) Director
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  Broadcast News (1987) Director
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  Terms Of Endearment (1983) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Modern Romance (1981) David
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 Real Life (1979) Driving Evaluator
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 Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around (2000) Interviewee
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1964:
Began his television career as a writer for CBS News
1966:
Moved to Los Angeles and worked for David L Wolper Productions
1969:
Wrote scripts for the sitcom "My Friend Tony" (NBC)
1969:
Credited as executive story editor of TV series "Room 222" (ABC)
1970:
Co-created and executive produced (with Allan Burns) "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS); also wrote several episodes
1973:
Co-wrote (with Michael Zagor) the pilot for "Going Places" (NBC)
1974:
Co-created and executive produced (with Burns) "Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers" (CBS); also wrote episodes
1974:
Executive produced the "Mary Tyler Moore" spinoff sitcom, "Rhoda" (CBS); also wrote scripts
1977:
Executive produced (with Burns and Gene Reynolds) the drama series "Lou Grant" (CBS); also wrote scripts
1978:
Executive produced the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC 1978-82; NBC 1982-83)
1978:
Made feature acting debut in "Real Life"
1979:
Executive produced and co-created "The Associates" (ABC); also wrote scripts
1979:
First film as producer and writer, "Starting Over"
1983:
Feature directing debut (also wrote and producer), "Terms of Endearment"
1984:
Wrote scripts for the short-lived sitcom "The Duck Factory" (NBC) starring Jim Carrey
1984:
Formed own production company, Gracie Films; named for comedienne Gracie Allen
1987:
Executive produced, co-created and served as executive consultant on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (FOX); also wrote sketches
1987:
First feature produced under Gracie Films, "Broadcast News"
1987:
Co-wrote (with Burns) episodes of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC/Lifetime)
1988:
Co-wrote (with Burns) episodes of "Eisenhower and Lutz" (CBS)
1989:
Produced Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything..."
1990:
Wrote, produced and directed the Los Angeles production of "Brooklyn Laundry"
1990:
With Matt Groening and Sam Simon, executive produced the animated series "The Simpsons"
1991:
Executive produced and served as creative consultant on sitcom "Sibs" (ABC)
1993:
Executive produced the sitcom "Phenom" (ABC)
1994:
Executive produced the animated series "The Critic" (ABC/FOX)
1996:
Produced Wes Anderson's directorial debut, "Bottle Rocket"
1996:
Produced Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire" starring Tom Cruise
1997:
Returned to features as writer/director with the Award-winning film "As Good As It Gets"; earned an Oscar nomination for writing and Golden Globe nominations for writing and directing
2003:
Had a cameo in "The Simpsons" (FOX) episode "A Star Is Born-Again"
2004:
Wrote and directed the comedy "Spanglish" starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni
2007:
Appeared along with screenwriters Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher in "Dreams on Spec," the first documentary about screenwriters and screenwriting
2007:
Executive produced and co-scripted "The Simpsons Movie"
2010:
Returned to directing with the comedy, "How Do You Know," starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson; also wrote and produced
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1958 - 1960

Notes

Brooks was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

"Hearing my mother and her sisters talk, that's the dialogue and perspective that surrounded me growing up," he says. "Though I'm a father now, it's very weird because I have a much better idea of what it's like to be a mother than a dad. My mother would say, 'You want to know what to do to be a man? Don't be like your father!'"---Brooks quoted to Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2004.

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wife:
Marianne Catherine Morrissey. Married on July 7, 1964; divorced.
wife:
Holly Beth Holmberg. TV writer, former stewardess. Born together from c. 1972; married on July 23, 1978.

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father:
Edward M Brooks.
mother:
Dorothy Helen Brooks.
daughter:
Amy Lorraine Brooks. Born c. 1971; mother, Marianne Morrissey.
daughter:
Chloe Dorothy Brooks. Born on November 14, 1984 mother, Holly Holmberg.
son:
Cooper James Brooks. Born on April 12, 1987; mother, Holly Holmberg.
son:
Joseph Charles Holmberg. Born on May 20, 1993; mother, Holly Holmberg.
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