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Overview (4)

Born in Colony, Kansas, USA
Died in Salem, Oregon, USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameDean Kent Brooks
Nickname Deaner

Mini Bio (1)

Dr. Dean Kent Brooks, M.D., was born in Everett, Washington, in 1916. He was the head of the Oregon State Hospital in 1975 when the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) was filmed there. He starred, surprising enough, as the head of the psychiatric hospital in the film, "Dr. John Spivey, M.D."

He attended the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated from there on June 1, 1942. He was first licensed in Oregon to practice psychiatry on January 21, 1950. He retired from the practice of Psychiatric Medicine on December 31, 1999.

During the filming of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), he diagnosed actor William Redfield (who played psychiatric hospital patient "Harding") with Leukemia (this was long before the days of bone marrow transplants), and gave Mr. Redfield 18 months to live (he died 18 months later, pretty much to the day).

He never had a single complaint filed against him in his long and distinguished career as a psychiatrist.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rev. Dr. John Benjamin Tatum DD PhD - JBT-DMC@worldnet.att.net

Family (1)

Spouse Ulista Jean Moser (19?? - 2006)  (her death)  (3 children)

Trivia (3)

Incorrectly credited as "Dean R. Brooks" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) because he was known on the set by his nickname, "Deaner".
Was survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Served the nation in the United States Navy as a medical officer during World War II. He was involved in seven battles.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on his role in agreeing to help make One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)] They wanted to make a movie where real people had lived and died. I was quite ready to say, 'Yes, let's do that, and do that here.' And we did... [But] It was possible that my whole professional career would go up in flames. The thing I worried about was that it would be taken as a documentary rather than as the allegory that it is.

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