Richard Sakai

Producer, Executive, Director
This executive and producer has long been associated with producer-director James L. Brooks. Sakai first met Brooks in 1977 while working as a go-fer at John Charles Walters Productions, the company behind the sitcom ... Read more »

Filmography

Producer (19)

The Simpsons 1978 - 1983, 1990 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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)

(Executive Producer)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Critic 1978 - 1983, 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Producer

What About Joan 1978 - 1983, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Best of Taxi 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Producer

Related By Birth 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Producer

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Producer

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

Producer

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer

Shaping Up 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer
Executive (5)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Gracie Films) (Executive in Charge of Production)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Gracie Films) (Executive in Charge of Production)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Gracie Films) (Executive in Charge of Production)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Gracie Films) (Executive in Charge of Production)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Gracie Films) (Executive in Charge of Production)
Writer (1)

The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer (dialogue)
Actor (1)

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

Actor
Director (1)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

This executive and producer has long been associated with producer-director James L. Brooks. Sakai first met Brooks in 1977 while working as a go-fer at John Charles Walters Productions, the company behind the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83). During the shows run, he worked his way up to director and producer. In 1984, he joined Brooks' newly-formed production company Gracie Films and was eventually named as president. In that capacity, he oversaw a number of TV sitcoms, the Emmy-winning variety series "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-90) and its Emmy-winning animated spin-off "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ). Among the failed series he produced were "Sibs" (ABC, 1991-92) and "Phenom" (ABC, 1993-94).<p>Sakai has had better luck with his big screen projects. He served as executive in charge of production on the Oscar-nominated "Broadcast News" (1987), directed by James L Brooks, Penny Marshall's "Big" (1988) and Cameron Crowe's underrated "Say Anything" (1989). In 1996, he moved up to executive producer, handling those chores on the acclaimed but little seen "Bottle Rocket" and Crowe's highly successful "Jerry Maguire", which earned five Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture. He followed with Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It Gets" (1997) which teamed Helen Hunt, Jack Nicholson and Greg Kinnear.

Relationships

Patricia Sakai

Wife

Reilly Sakai

Daughter
born on July 2, 1992

Milestones

1997

Was executive producer for Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It Gets"

1996

First features as executive producer, "Bottle Rocket" and "Jerry Maguire"; shared in Best Picture Oscar nomination for the latter

1990

Was one of the producers for "The Simpsons"

1987

Feature debut as executive in charge of production on Brooks' "Broadcast News"

1984

Produced the limited run of the comedy "Shaping Up" (ABC)

1984

Joined Brooks' Gracie Films as president

1977

Began working with James L Brooks at John Charles Walters Productions

Was producer of the short-lived sitcom "Phenom" (ABC)

Served as producer on the animated series "The Critic"

Produced the short-lived sitcom "Sibs" (ABC)

Served as producer of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

Produced and directed episodes of the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, NBC)

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