Martin Brest

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
After enjoying one of the more impressive career ascensions of the 1980s and 1990s, writer-producer-director Martin Brest crashed in spectacular fashion with a film almost universally derided as the worst of the year ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1951 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (7)

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Going in Style 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Hot Tomorrows 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot Tomorrows 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Going in Style 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hot Tomorrows 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Drive-in Security (Actor)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

Dr Miller (Actor)

Biography

After enjoying one of the more impressive career ascensions of the 1980s and 1990s, writer-producer-director Martin Brest crashed in spectacular fashion with a film almost universally derided as the worst of the year, if not the decade. Having established his pedigree with film projects at New York University's School of the Arts and Los Angeles' American Film Institute Conservatory, Brest earned his stripes as the director of the modest comedy-drama "Going In Style" (1979). He found unexpected studio success with the Eddie Murphy blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), a project he had nearly turned down. The Robert De Niro-Charles Gordon action-comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) kept the winning streak going, while the critically-acclaimed "Scent of a Woman" (1992) proved the director just as capable of delivering affecting drama as gunfights and belly laughs. The first chink in Brest's armor came with the Brad Pitt vehicle "Meet Joe Black" (1998), a beautifully filmed, yet ponderous drama that failed to connect with its anticipated audience. If "Scent" and "Joe Black" represented the crest, then the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez romantic-drama "Gigli" (2003) epitomized the crash. A critical and commercial disaster of career-destroying proportions, "Gigli" loomed like an epitaph over a body of work that boasted some of the most successful films of the decade, made all the more ominous by Brest's cinematic inactivity in the years that followed.

Relationships

Isaac Brest

Son

Lisa Weinstein

Wife

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

1973

New York University

New York , New York
made award-winning short "Hot Dogs for Gauguin" starring Danny De Vito

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York 1969

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1973 - 1975
Graduated 1975

Milestones

1998

Returned to the director's chair with "Meet Joe Black", a loose remake of Mitchell Leisen's 1934 film "Death Takes a Holiday"; also produced

1993

First feature as producer only, "Josh and S.A.M."

1992

Earned Oscar nominations as producer and director of the Americanized remake, "Scent of a Woman"

1988

First producing credit, "Midnight Run"; also directed

1984

Helmed the popular Eddie Murphy vehicle "Beverly Hills Cop"

1979

Directed and wrote first Hollywood feature, "Going in Style" starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg

1977

Wrote, directed, produced and edited first feature, "Hot Tomorrows"; shown at 1977 New York Film Festival; originated as AFI student project

Formed City Light Films; served as president

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