James L. Brooks

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (37)

The Critic 1989 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Simpsons 1989 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

What About Joan 1989 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 2013 (Movie)

("Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"") (Producer)

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Best of Taxi 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Related By Birth 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Associates 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lou Grant 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friends and Lovers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Cindy (TV Show)

Producer

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (14)

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Writer

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Lorenzo Music Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Room 222 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

Creator

Going Places 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (11)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Romance 1981 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Real Life 1979 (Movie)

Driving Evaluator (Actor)
Director (6)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Parody Lyrics("Spider Pig") (Lyrics)
Other (1)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Edward M Brooks

Father

Dorothy Helen Brooks

Mother

Amy Brooks

Daughter
Born c. 1971 mother, Marianne Morrissey

Chloe Brooks

Daughter
Born Nobermber 14, 1984 mother, Holly Holmberg

Cooper Brooks

Son
Born April 12, 1987 mother, Holly Holmberg

Holly Holmberg

Wife
Married from 1978-1999

Joseph Holmberg

Son
Born May 20, 1993 mother, Holly Holmberg

Marianne Morrissey

Wife
Married July 7, 1964 they later divorced

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1958 - 1960
Dropped out

Milestones

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

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"

2004

Wrote and directed the comedy "Spanglish" starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni

2003

Had a cameo in "The Simpsons" (FOX) episode "A Star Is Born-Again"

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

1996

Produced Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire" starring Tom Cruise

1996

Produced Wes Anderson's directorial debut, "Bottle Rocket"

1994

Executive produced the animated series "The Critic" (ABC/FOX)

1993

Executive produced the sitcom "Phenom" (ABC)

1991

Executive produced and served as creative consultant on sitcom "Sibs" (ABC)

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"

1989

Produced Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything..."

1988

Co-wrote (with Burns) episodes of "Eisenhower and Lutz" (CBS)

1987

Executive produced, co-created and served as executive consultant on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (FOX); also wrote sketches

1987

Co-wrote (with Burns) episodes of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC/Lifetime)

1987

First feature produced under Gracie Films, "Broadcast News"

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

1983

Feature directing debut (also wrote and producer), "Terms of Endearment"

1979

First film as producer and writer, "Starting Over"

1979

Executive produced and co-created "The Associates" (ABC); also wrote scripts

1978

Executive produced the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC 1978-82; NBC 1982-83)

1978

Made feature acting debut in "Real Life"

1977

Executive produced (with Burns and Gene Reynolds) the drama series "Lou Grant" (CBS); also wrote scripts

1974

Executive produced the "Mary Tyler Moore" spinoff sitcom, "Rhoda" (CBS); also wrote scripts

1974

Co-created and executive produced (with Burns) "Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers" (CBS); also wrote episodes

1973

Co-wrote (with Michael Zagor) the pilot for "Going Places" (NBC)

1969

Co-created and executive produced (with Allan Burns) "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS); also wrote several episodes

1968

Credited as executive story editor of TV series "Room 222" (ABC)

1968

Wrote scripts for the sitcom "My Friend Tony" (NBC)

1966

Moved to Los Angeles and worked for David L Wolper Productions

1964

Began his television career as a writer for CBS News

Bonus Trivia

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

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