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James L. Brooks
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Born May 9, 1940 (1940-05-09) (age 79)
Website Gracie Films

James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and movie director.

He is best known for creating American television programs such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons, Rhoda and Taxi. His best-known movie is Terms of Endearment, for which he received three Academy Awards in 1984.

Career

Mary Tyler Moore 1993
Brooks won several Emmy Awards for The Mary Tyler Moore Show

James L. 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 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 Mary Tyler Moore Show became a critical and commercial success and spawned many other television shows created by Brooks and Burns.

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.

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 The Simpsons. Brooks had a cameo in one Simpsons episode (Season 14 Episode 13, A Star is Born-Again).

Personal life

Brooks was married twice. His first wife was Marianne Catherine Morrissey; they have one daughter, Amy Lorraine Brooks. They divorced in 1964. In 1978, he married Holly Beth Holmberg; they had three children together: daughter Chloe and sons Cooper and Joseph. They divorced in 1999.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Position Notes
1979 Starting Over Producer
Writer
Real Life Actor Appears as Driving evaluator
1981 Modern Romance Actor Appears as David
1983 Terms of Endearment Director
Producer
Writer
Academy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
National Board of Review Award for Best Director
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
1987 Broadcast News Director
Producer
Writer
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
1988 Big Producer Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
1989 Say Anything... Executive producer
The War of the Roses Co-producer
1994 I'll Do Anything Director
Producer
Writer
1996 Bottle Rocket Executive producer
Jerry Maguire Co-producer Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
1997 As Good as It Gets Director
Co-writer
Producer
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Nominated—Czech Lion for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Co-producer
2004 Spanglish Director
Producer
Writer
Nominated—Imagen Foundation Award for Best Director – Film
2007 The Simpsons Movie Co-producer
Co-writer
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Animated Film
2010 How Do You Know Director
Producer
Writer
2012 The Longest Daycare Co-producer
Co-writer
2016 The Edge of Seventeen Producer

Television

Year Series Position Notes
1965 Men in Crisis Producer
Writer
episode: "Halsey vs Yamamoto"
episode: "Kennedy vs Khrushchev"
October Madness: The World Series Writer TV movie documentary
1965–1966 Time-Life Specials: The March of Time Writer "And Away We Go"
"The Odyssey of the Automobile"
"The Enterprise in Action"
1966 My Mother the Car Writer episode 1.26: "It Might as Well be Spring as Not"
episode 1.28: "The Blabbermouth"
1966–1967 That Girl Writer episode 1.16: "Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid"
episode 1.21: "Rain, Snow, and Rice"
episode 2.1: "Pass the Potatoes, Ethel Merman"
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy
1967 Hey, Landlord Writer episode 1.24: "Sharin' Sharon"
Accidental Family Writer
Story editor
episode 1.2: "Hot Kid in a Cold Town"
1968 The Andy Griffith Show Writer episode 8.17: "The Mayberry Chef"
episode 8.18: "Emmett's Brother-in-Law"
My Three Sons Writer episode 8.27: "The Perfect Separation"
The Doris Day Show Writer episode 1.11: "The Job"
Good Morning, World Writer episode 1.21: "Pot Luckless"
Mayberry R.F.D. Writer episode 1.7: "Youth Takes Over"
1969 My Friend Tony Writer
Story editor
episode 1.7: "Encounter"
1969–1974 Room 222 Creator
Writer
113 episodes
1970–1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Creator
Executive producer
Producer
Script consultant
Writer
168 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1975–1977)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (1971, 1977)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1971–1974)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (1973)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy (1973, 1978)
1973 Going Places Writer TV short
1974 Thursday's Game Producer
Writer
Television film
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers Creator
Writer
15 episodes
1974–1978 Rhoda Actor
Creator
Executive producer
Producer
Writer
110 episodes
appears uncredited as "Subway Passenger" in episode 1.9: "Rhoda's Wedding: Part 2"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1975)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (1975, for episode: "Rhoda's Wedding")
1975–1977 Phyllis Creator 48 episodes
1976 Saturday Night Live Actor as Paul Reynold in episode 1.9: "Elliot Gould/Anne Murray"
1977–1982 Lou Grant Creator
Executive consultant
Executive producer
Writer
114 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (1978)
1978 Cindy Creative consultant
Producer
Writer
TV movie
1978–1983 Taxi Creator
Executive creative consultant
Executive producer
Writer
114 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1979–1981)
1979–1980 The Associates Creator
Executive producer
13 episodes
1980 Carlton Your Doorman Writer TV short
1987–1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Executive producer
Writer
80 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1990)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series (1989)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series (1987–1988, 1990)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (for episode: The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show, 1990)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1987–1989)
1989–present The Simpsons Actor
Creative consultant
Executive producer
Producer
Writer
appeared as himself in episode 14.13: "A Star Is Born Again"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) (1990–1991, 1995, 1997–1998, 2000–2001, 2003, 2006, 2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) (1990, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004–2005, 2007, 2009–2013)
1991–1992 Sibs Executive producer
1993 Phenom Executive producer 22 episodes
1994–1995 The Critic Executive creative consultant
Executive producer
7 episodes
2001 What About Joan Producer 21 episodes

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