Richard Brooks

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A pioneering figure in independent filmmaking, writer-director Richard Brooks applied his journalistic background to his feature film career, in which he explored the best and worst in human behavior in films like "The ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

$ 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lord Jim 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elmer Gantry 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Battle Circus 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Storm Warning 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Storm Warning 1951 (Movie)

(From Story)

Crisis 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

("The Brick Foxhole") (Source Material (from novel))

Cobra Woman (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mystery Street (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

White Savage (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (23)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

$ 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Lord Jim 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Elmer Gantry 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Flame and the Flesh 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle Circus 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Crisis 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Take the High Ground (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

Childrens Hospital 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cary Grant: The Leading Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Performer

Bacall on Bogart (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Redemption (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Other (2)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

film extract("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958)) (Other)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

film extract("Lord Jim" (1965)) (Other)

Biography

A pioneering figure in independent filmmaking, writer-director Richard Brooks applied his journalistic background to his feature film career, in which he explored the best and worst in human behavior in films like "The Blackboard Jungle" (1955), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), "The Professionals" (1966) and "In Cold Blood" (1967). Brooks moved from newspaper man and radio writer to penning scripts for noir films like "Brute Force" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948), where he honed his talent for characters who operated on both sides of the law. After graduating to director in the 1950s, he earned an Oscar for writing "Elmer Gantry" (1960) and nominations for writing and directing "Blackboard," "Cat," and "The Professionals" before writing and directing his masterwork, the black-and-white docudrama "In Cold Blood" (1967). The film also served as the coda for his career, as Brooks would try and fail to meet its standard of quality for much of the next two decades. His best work, however, would stand the test of time, and ensure him a spot among the cinematic immortals.

Relationships

Kate Brooks

Daughter
born in 1961 mother, Jean Simmons

Tracy Granger

Step-Daughter
Jean Simmons' daughter by Stewart Granager

Jean Simmons Actor

Wife
he directed her in "Elmer Gantry" (1960) and "The Happy Ending" (1969)

EDUCATION

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
graduated

Milestones

1985

Wrote and directed final film, "The Fever"

1977

Mortgaged home to make "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"

1965

Became an independent producer with "Lord Jim"

1950

Directed first feature, "Crisis"

1947

"The Brick Foxhole" filmed by Edward Dmytryk as "Crossfire"; screenwriter John Paxton changed novel's murder victim from a homosexual to a Jew

1946

Signed with MGM

1944

Wrote first novel, "The Brick Foxhole", while in Marines

1942

Wrote first feature, "White Savage"

1942

Returned to radio writing including parts for Orson Welles

1942

Joined US Marine Corps.

1941

Feature film debut as additional dialogue writer, "Sin Town" and "Men of Texas"

1940

Founded theater company, "The Mill Pond Theatre" (with David Loew) in Roslyn, New York; made directing debut when the two took turns directing the plays they produced there during summer

1932

Landed job as a sportwriter with the Phildelphia Record

Appointed newswriter, commentator, and narrator for NBC radio until 1940

While in the Marines contributed to scripts of Anthony Mann's "My Best Gal" (1944) and Robert Siodmak's "Cobra Woman" (1945)

During the Depression traveled to Pittsburgh, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Texas earning a living by writing on space rates for local papers and doing odd jobs

Took trip to California in October and got job as writer for local radio station; wrote a short story every day and read it over the air; also wrote and directed the radio show "William Sands"

Joined Atlanic City Press Union; moved to NYC and joined Radio WNEW where he edited four news broadcasts a day and wrote one

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