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James L. Brooks


James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in North Bergen, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and As Good as It Gets (1997). He has been married to Holly Holmberg Brooks since July 23, 1978. They have three children. He was previously married to Marianne Catherine Morrissey. See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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 1989-2015 The Simpsons (TV Series) (developed by - 582 episodes)
- Paths of Glory (2015) ... (developed by)
- Halloween of Horror (2015) ... (developed by)
- Lisa with an "S" (2015) ... (developed by)
- Treehouse of Horror XXVI (2015) ... (developed by)
- Every Man's Dream (2015) ... (developed by)
 2012 Stand Up to Cancer (TV Movie) (developed by)
 2010 The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! (TV Special documentary) (developed by)
 2008 Stand Up to Cancer (TV Movie) (segment "The Simpsons")
 1994 De Sylvia Millecam Show (TV Series) (original script - 3 episodes)
- U bent mijn Moeder (1994) ... (original script - uncredited)
- Nieuwe Buren (1994) ... (original script - uncredited)
- Goed nieuws is geen nieuws ... (original script - uncredited)
  The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series) (created by - 80 episodes, 1987 - 1990) (written by - 5 episodes, 1987 - 1990)
- Episode #4.23 (1990) ... (created by)
- Arms Control (1990) ... (created by)
- Her First Grownup (1990) ... (created by)
- Who Is He? (1990) ... (created by)
- Episode #4.19 (1990) ... (created by)
  Taxi (TV Series) (created by - 114 episodes, 1978 - 1983) (written by - 1 episode, 1978)
- Simka's Monthlies (1983) ... (created by)
- A Grand Gesture (1983) ... (created by)
- Jim's Mario's (1983) ... (created by)
- Tony's Baby (1983) ... (created by)
- Arnie Meets the Kids (1983) ... (created by)
 1977-1982 Lou Grant (TV Series) (created by - 114 episodes)
- Charlie (1982) ... (created by)
- Victims (1982) ... (created by)
- Beachhead (1982) ... (created by)
- Suspect (1982) ... (created by)
- Unthinkable (1982) ... (created by)
 1980 Carlton Your Doorman (TV Short) (character)
 1979-1980 The Associates (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes)
- Inferno (1980) ... (created by)
- Tucker's Co-Op (1980) ... (created by)
- The Out of Town Trip (1980) ... (created by)
- A Date with Johnny (1980) ... (created by)
- The Party (1980) ... (created by)
 1978 Cindy (TV Movie) (written by)
  Rhoda (TV Series) (created by - 110 episodes, 1974 - 1978) (written by - 2 episodes, 1974)
- Martin Swallows His Heart (1978) ... (created by)
- The Date in the Iron Mask (1978) ... (created by)
- Earl's Helping Hand (1978) ... (created by)
- Brenda Runs Away (1978) ... (created by)
- The Total Brenda (1978) ... (created by)
  Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series) (created by - 168 episodes, 1970 - 1977) (written by - 6 episodes, 1970 - 1977)
- The Last Show (1977) ... (created by) / (written by)
- Lou Dates Mary (1977) ... (created by)
- Mary's Big Party (1977) ... (created by)
- Mary's Three Husbands (1977) ... (created by)
- Murray Ghosts for Ted (1977) ... (created by)
 1975-1977 Phyllis (TV Series) (based on a character created by - 48 episodes)
- A Baby Makes Six (1977) ... (based on a character created by)
- The Apartment (1977) ... (based on a character created by)
- The Elopement (1977) ... (based on a character created by)
- Audrey's New Life (1977) ... (based on a character created by)
- Dan's Ex (1977) ... (based on a character created by)
  Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (TV Series) (created by - 15 episodes, 1974 - 1975) (written by - 1 episode, 1974)
- From Russia with Lust (1975) ... (created by)
- The Groupie (1974) ... (created by)
- Just the Ticket (1974) ... (created by)
- All's Well That Ends (1974) ... (created by)
- Maid in the Snow (1974) ... (created by)
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
  Room 222 (TV Series) (created by - 113 episodes, 1969 - 1974) (written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Jason and Big Mo (1974) ... (created by)
- Cry Uncle (1974) ... (created by)
- I Didn't Raise My Girl to Be a Soldier (1974) ... (created by)
- MPG (1973) ... (created by)
- El Greco to Jason (1973) ... (created by)
 1973 Going Places (TV Short)
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Encounter (1969) ... (writer)
 1968 The Doris Day Show (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Job (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Youth Takes Over (1968) ... (written by - as Jim Brooks)
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Perfect Separation (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 Good Morning, World (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Pot Luckless (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Emmett's Brother-in-Law (1968) ... (written by)
- The Mayberry Chef (1968) ... (written by)
  Accidental Family (TV Series) (1 episode, 1967) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1967)
- The Making of a Vegetarian (1967) ... (as Jim Brooks)
- Hot Kid in a Cold Town (1967) ... (teleplay - as Jim Brooks)
 1966-1967 That Girl (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Pass the Potatoes, Ethel Merman (1967) ... (written by - as Jim Brooks)
- Rain, Snow and Rice (1967) ... (written by)
- Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid (1966) ... (written by - as Jim Brooks)
 1967 Hey, Landlord (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Sharin' Sharon (1967) ... (written by)
 1965-1966 Time-Life Specials: The March of Time (TV Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Enterprise in Action (1966) ... (writer)
- The Odyssey of the Automobile (1965) ... (writer)
- And Away We Go (1965) ... (writer)
 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Blabbermouth (1966) ... (written by)
- It Might as Well Be Spring as Not (1966) ... (written by)
 1965 October Madness: The World Series (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Men in Crisis (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Halsey vs Yamamoto (1965) ... (writer)
- Kennedy vs Khrushchev (1965) ... (writer)
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Other Works:

In 1972, he produced an unsold comedy anthology pilot called "The Class of '55", which would show what happened to the graduates of a fictional college seventeen years after the fact. The pilot starred Alan Alda and Louise Lasser. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Chains Hell Brooks | James 'Bemused But Bloodthirsty' Brooks | James 'Bemused but Bloodthirsty' Brooks | James 'Dangerous Though Cuddly' Brooks | James 'Even More Dangerous Than He Looks' Brooks | James 'Give Me Gluten!' Brooks | James 'Ha-Ha the Truth Is Unknowable' Brooks | James 'Haha The Devil Bought Facebook' Brooks | James 'Haha the Devil Bought Facebook' Brooks | James 'I'm Scared in Real Life' Brooks | James 'Just One Hug' Brooks | James 'The Tooth Fairy Is a Criminal' Brooks | James 'The Tooth Fairy is a Criminal' Brooks | James Hell Brooks | James L. "I'm Thinking of You Naked" Brooks | James L. 'I'm Thinking of You Naked' Brooks | James L. 'What Isn't Scary?' Brooks | James Brooks | Jim Brooks | Maims Hell Brooks | Veins Hell Brooks | The Truth is Unknowable' Brooks James 'Ha-Ha
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Personal Quote:

[accepting the Best Picture Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983)] It took a long time to get the picture made and this community has been generous to this picture from long before it was made. There was a lot about every studio turning it down; I think it's much more significant that a Hollywood studio made it and that Hollywood studio was flexible and that the studio ended up happy that it made ... See more »

Trivia:

Directed 9 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, John Lithgow, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear. Nicholson, Maclaine and Hunt won Oscars for their performances in one of Brooks' movies (Nicholson twice). See more »

Trademark:

Writes at least one character who is an obsessive-compulsive or has OCD (Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment (1983), Holly Hunter in Broadcast News (1987), Jack Nicholson in As Good as It Gets (1997), Téa Leoni in Spanglish (2004)). See more »

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