ALBERT BROOKS (Bernie Rose) is among the most inventive practitioners of motion
picture comedy, as well as one of its most incisive commentators on contemporary
life. Brooks began his career as a stand-up comic, and went on to become an
award-winning actor, writer and filmmaker.
Brooks has written, directed and starred in seven feature films: Real Life,
Modern Romance, Lost In America, Defending Your Life, Mother, The Muse and
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.
Brooks made his acting debut in Martin Scorsese's 1976 classic, Taxi Driver. His
other acting credits include such films as Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours,
I'll Do Anything, Critical Care, Out of Sight and My First Mister. He earned an
Academy Award nomination for his performance in Broadcast News. Finding Nemo,
which he starred in, received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and has
become one of the highest grossing animated films ever made.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brooks studied drama at Carnegie Mellon
University before starting his performing career in 1968 doing stand-up comedy
on network television. He began on The Steve Allen Show, later became a regular
on The Dean Martin Show, and performed on such variety programs as The Ed
Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Hollywood Palace and had over forty
appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.
Brooks has recorded two comedy albums: Comedy Minus One and A Star is Bought,
the latter earning him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Recording. His
first directorial effort was in 1972 for the PBS series The Great American Dream
Machine. He adapted an article he had written for Esquire Magazine, "Albert
Brooks' Famous School for Comediansâ€ť into a short film. Following this, he
created six short films for the debut season of Saturday Night Live.
Brooks has been honored by the American Film Institute with a retrospective of
his work at the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado.
His first novel, 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America, was released
in May of 2011 by St. Martins Press and became an instant New York Times
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