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Also Known As: Richard W Sakai Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, executive, director

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This executive and producer has long been associated with producer-director James L. Brooks. Sakai first met Brooks in 1977 while working as a go-fer at John Charles Walters Productions, the company behind the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83). During the shows run, he worked his way up to director and producer. In 1984, he joined Brooks' newly-formed production company Gracie Films and was eventually named as president. In that capacity, he oversaw a number of TV sitcoms, the Emmy-winning variety series "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-90) and its Emmy-winning animated spin-off "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ). Among the failed series he produced were "Sibs" (ABC, 1991-92) and "Phenom" (ABC, 1993-94).

This executive and producer has long been associated with producer-director James L. Brooks. Sakai first met Brooks in 1977 while working as a go-fer at John Charles Walters Productions, the company behind the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83). During the shows run, he worked his way up to director and producer. In 1984, he joined Brooks' newly-formed production company Gracie Films and was eventually named as president. In that capacity, he oversaw a number of TV sitcoms, the Emmy-winning variety series "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-90) and its Emmy-winning animated spin-off "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ). Among the failed series he produced were "Sibs" (ABC, 1991-92) and "Phenom" (ABC, 1993-94).

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1977:
Began working with James L Brooks at John Charles Walters Productions
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Produced and directed episodes of the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, NBC)
1984:
Joined Brooks' Gracie Films as president
1984:
Produced the limited run of the comedy "Shaping Up" (ABC)
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Served as producer of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)
1987:
Feature debut as executive in charge of production on Brooks' "Broadcast News"
1990:
Was one of the producers for "The Simpsons"
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Produced the short-lived sitcom "Sibs" (ABC)
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Was producer of the short-lived sitcom "Phenom" (ABC)
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Served as producer on the animated series "The Critic"
1996:
First features as executive producer, "Bottle Rocket" and "Jerry Maguire"; shared in Best Picture Oscar nomination for the latter
1997:
Was executive producer for Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It Gets"
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wife:
Patricia Sakai.

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daughter:
Reilly Morgan Sakai. Born on July 2, 1992.

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