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Encyclopedia > James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks

Born May 9, 1940 (1940-05-09) (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York
Spouse(s) Marianne Catherine Morrissey (1964–?)
Holly Beth Holmberg (1978–)
Official site Gracie Films

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He is best known for producing American television programs such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons (in which he created miscellaneous characters, including the Bouvier family), Rhoda and Taxi. His best-known film is Terms of Endearment, for which he received three Academy Awards in 1984. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Mary Tyler Moore is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Bouvier Family are Marge Simpsons blood relatives from the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. ... Rhoda is an American situation comedy and a television spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... Taxi was an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the Sunshine Cab Company, as well as their abusive dispatcher. ... For the Drawn Together episode, see Terms of Endearment (Drawn Together episode). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Biography

Brooks was raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. Brooks began his television career as a writer for CBS News from 1964 to 1966. After working for the ABC television series Room 222 as executive story editor, Brooks was hired along with writing partner Allan Burns by television executive Grant Tinker to create a show that would later become The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Room 222 was an ABC situation comedy/drama TV series that aired from September 17, 1969 to January 11, 1974. ... Allan Burns (born May 18, 1935) is a Jewish-American screenwriter and television producer. ... Grant Tinker (born January 11, 1925) is the former chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986, co-founder of MTM Enterprises, and television producer. ...


The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a critical and commercial success and spawned other television shows created by Brooks and Burns such as Rhoda, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Taxi, The Associates, and Lou Grant. Rhoda is an American situation comedy and a television spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... Taxi was an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the Sunshine Cab Company, as well as their abusive dispatcher. ... The Associates was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on CTV Television Network in 2001 and 2002. ... Linda Kelsey and Edward Asner as Billie Newman and Lou Grant in MTMs Lou Grant Lou Grant was a popular and critically acclaimed television drama series starring Ed Asner as a newspaper editor. ...


In 1978, Brooks began work on feature motion films. His first project was being writer and co-producer on the film Starting Over and later wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment in 1983. Starting Over is a 1979 film which tells the story of a recently divorced man (Burt Reynolds) who is torn between his new girlfriend (Jill Clayburgh) and his ex-wife (Candice Bergen). ... For the Drawn Together episode, see Terms of Endearment (Drawn Together episode). ...


Brooks later started his own film and television production company, Gracie Films, in 1984. Gracie Films would produce the television series The Tracey Ullman Show and its spin-off, The Simpsons as well as the animated series The Critic. Gracie Films' notable film productions were Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets, Big, Bottle Rocket and Broadcast News. Gracie Films logo Gracie Films is an American film and television production company, created by James L. Brooks in 1986 for The Tracey Ullman Show. ... The Tracey Ullman Show was a weekly American television variety show, hosted by British comedian and onetime pop singer Tracey Ullman. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jerry Maguire is a 1996 film starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. ... As Good as It Gets is a 1997 film which tells the story of an obsessive-compulsive, cantankerous, racist, homophobic writer named Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) who, because of his anxiety disorder, lives in a world that has shrunk to about the size of his apartment and the books he... Big is a 1988 comedy film about a teenage boy who is aged to adulthood by a magical fortune-telling machine. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into skyrocket. ... Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy about a brilliant yet prickly reporter (Albert Brooks), his charming but admittedly far less seasoned rival (William Hurt), and their virtuoso producer (Holly Hunter), who has daily emotional breakdowns. ...


Brooks had a cameo in The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Born-Again". He also played a semi-fictional version of himself in friend Albert Brooks's comedy Modern Romance as an opinionated film director. 2002 Lincoln cent, obverse, proof with cameo Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewelry made in this manner. ... A Star is Born-Again is an episode from The Simpsons 14th season. ... Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947 as Albert Lawrence Einstein) is an Academy Award nominated American actor, writer, comedian and director. ... Robert Cole (Albert Brooks) is a Hollywood film editor right in the middle of cutting a new science fiction film with George Kennedy. ...


Trivia

  • Brooks often sat in the studio audience of shows that he produced in the 1970s. Viewers can usually tell whether Brooks was in the audience by his distinctive loud guffaw. He would also make occasional cameo appearances.
  • On The Simpsons annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes, Brooks is credited as "James Hell Brooks", "Chains Hell Brooks", "Maims Hell Brooks", "Veins Hell Brooks", "James 'Just One Hug' Brooks" "James 'Dangerous Though Cuddly' Brooks", and "James 'Bemused But Bloodthirsty' Brooks".
  • He has donated over $175,000 to Democratic Party candidates.[1]
  • In The Simpsons episode "Kill Gil", his May 9th birthday is listed on the day calendar.
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Bart and his friends are watching a porno graphical titled "Broadcast Nudes", an allusion to Brooks's film Broadcast News.
  • Brooks mentored Cameron Crowe and was the executive producer of Crowe's directorial debut Say Anything.... Crowe recalled later in an interview of the film's anniversary that he approached Brooks and told him about these ideas he had. Upon hearing this, Brooks encouraged Crowe to keep writing.
  • Brooks also mentored Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson after they brought Bottle Rocket to his attention. Owen believes they wouldn't have gotten the film made if it wasn't for Brooks' help.
  • In 2007, Brooks appeared -- along with star Hollywood screenwriters Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and others -- in Dreams on Spec, a documentary about screenwriters and screenwriting.
  • Brooks is one of the few people thanked during the end credits for the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
  • Although born in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks was raised in New Jersey in the city of North Bergen.

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Noted filmography

Preceded by
Richard Attenborough
for Gandhi
Academy Award for Best Director
1983
for Terms of Endearment
Succeeded by
Miloš Forman
for Amadeus

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References

  • BROOKS, JAMES L. entry. Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved on June 9, 2005.
  • James L Brooks Biography. All Movies Guide & Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on June 9, 2005.

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Preceded by
none
(with Matt Groening and Sam Simon)
The Simpsons Showrunner

1989 – 1991
Succeeded by
Al Jean & Mike Reiss

 
 

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