Richard Brooks (I) (1912–1992)


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Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Reuben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS, attended Philadelphia's Temple University for ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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In Cold Blood Writer
(1967)
(1958)
Elmer Gantry Writer
(1960)
Key Largo Writer
(1948)

Filmography

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 1985 Fever Pitch (written by)
 1982 Wrong Is Right (written for the screen by)
 1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar (written for the screen by)
 1975 Bite the Bullet (written by)
 1971 $ (written by)
 1969 The Happy Ending (written by)
 1967 In Cold Blood (written for the screen by)
 1966 The Professionals (written for the screen by)
 1965 Lord Jim (written for the screen by)
 1962 Sweet Bird of Youth (written for the screen by)
 1960 Elmer Gantry (screenplay)
 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (screenplay)
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov (screen play)
 1957 Something of Value (screen play)
 1956 The Last Hunt (screen play)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle (screenplay)
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris (screenplay)
 1953 Battle Circus (writer)
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A. (written by)
 1951 Storm Warning (written by)
 1950 Crisis (screenplay)
 1950 Mystery Street (screenplay)
 1949 Any Number Can Play (screenplay)
 1948 Key Largo (screenplay)
 1948 To the Victor (writer)
 1947 Crossfire (adapted from a novel by)
 1947 Brute Force (screenplay)
 1946 Swell Guy
 1946 The Killers (uncredited)
 1944 Cobra Woman (screenplay)
 1944 My Best Gal (original story)
 1943 White Savage (screenplay)
 1943 Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (additional dialogue)
 1942 Sin Town (additional dialogue)
 1942 Men of Texas (additional dialogue)
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Show Show Producer (6 credits)
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Show Show Self (25 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "The Producer". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse:

Jean Simmons  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on working in radio with Orson Welles] With Welles, everything began with the writing. And he was very good at it. He was a terrific guy. After I had done a few days' work, we'd go over the scenes. He had such a remarkable memory that if we'd get into a dispute about the way the story should or should not go, he'd say, "Well, let's see, now, in 'Lear' . . . ", and then he would review the whole ... See more »

Trivia:

He reportedly first met Cary Grant at the racetrack and his name seemed familiar to the actor because he had recently read about 70 pages of Brooks' script for Crisis (1950) and wanted to do the role, as it was such an unusual part for him. Already an established writer, Brooks told him he'd like to direct, too. To that Grant replied, "If you can write it, I don't see why you can't direct it. ... See more »

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