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Albert Brooks

Biography

Actor, article writer, and movie director of such comedies seeing that Modern Love (1981), Lost in the us (1985) and Mom (1996). He gained an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Supporting Professional for his function in the 1987 film Broadcast Information and he received compliment for his function alongside Ryan Gosling in the 2011 film Drive. He fell out of Carnegie Mellon to go after humor. He voiced the type Marlin in the Disney feature Selecting Nemo and he provides voiced several individuals in the animated Television series The Simpsons. He wedded musician Kimberly Shlain in 1997. He includes a little girl called Claire and a kid called Jacob. He and Holly Hunter both received Academy Prize nominations because of their assignments in Broadcast Information.

Quick Facts


Full Name Albert Brooks
Date Of Birth July 22, 1947
Place Of Birth Beverly Hills, CA
Height 1.78 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Carnegie Mellon University, Beverly Hills High School
Nationality American
Spouse Kimberly Shlain
Children Jacob Eli Einstein, Claire Elizabeth Einstein
Parents Harry Parke, Thelma Leeds
Siblings Bob Einstein, Charles Einstein, Cliff Einstein
Awards New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite #Squad
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor, Shorty Award for Best Comedian
Movies Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Defending Your Life, Modern Romance, Lost in America, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, The Muse, The Secret Life of Pets, Broadcast News, Taxi Driver, Drive, Concussion, This Is 40, Mother, A Most Violent Year, Out of Sight, The Simpsons Movie, Real Life, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Private Benjamin, The In-Laws, The Scout, Unfaithfully Yours, The Little Prince, My First Mister, I'll Do Anything, Dr. Dolittle, Terms of Endearment, Critical Care, Exploring the Reef, Bad Day on the Block
TV Shows Hot Wheels, Finding Nemo: Extras
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 His paternal grandfather, Chaskel (Charles) Einstein, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, and his paternal grandmother, Sarah Klayman, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His maternal grandparents, Joseph Goodman and Katie Leventhal, were also Russian Jewish immigrants.
2 Changed his last name from "Einstein" because there was already an extremely well-known theoretical physicist named "Albert Einstein.".
3 Turned down the lead role in Big (1988).
4 Turned down the role of Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman (1990).
5 Friend of Richard Lewis.
6 Albert's father, vaudeville/radio/film comedian Harry Parke (aka Parkyakarkus) died of a heart attack when Albert was 11 in 1958. Parke collapsed next to Milton Berle during a Friar's roast gathering honoring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Los Angeles.
7 His mother, singer/actress Thelma Leeds had a brief career before marrying Albert's father and settling down to raise a family. She returned occasionally to film in son Albert's movies.
8 Brooks attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, but dropped out after one year to focus on comedy.
9 Brooks was romantically linked to singer Linda Ronstadt and actresses Carrie Fisher, Julie Hagerty and Kathryn Harrold before settling down and marrying Kimberly Shlain, an artist.
10 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.
11 Once performed a humorless, five-minute stand up comedy routine on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) that didn't produce a single laugh until the punchline - when he explained to the audience that he had been working as a stand up comic for five years and had run out of material. Johnny Carson swore the hilarity which followed this set-up lasted a full minute.
12 Has starred in two movies where the song "Beyond the Sea" has played over the end credits. My First Mister (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003).
13 Has made six guest appearances on The Simpsons (1989). With one exception, he has played a different character each time, and each time he has been credited as "A. Brooks."
14 Attended the same High School as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily and Crispin Glover.
15 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg.61-62. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
16 Nephew of Zeke Manners
17 daughter, Claire Elizabeth born [March 2000]
18 Son of Thelma Leeds and Harry Parke(comedian known as 'Parkyakarkus').
19 Turned down the lead in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) because he thought it was too much like a Woody Allen script. Albert has been described as a West Coast Woody Allen
20 A good friend of Debbie Reynolds.
21 Brother of Clifford Einstein and Bob Einstein who is best known for his character "Super Dave" Osbourne.
22 Son, Jacob Eli, born [October 1998]


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Concussion 2015 Dr. Cyril Wecht
The Little Prince 2015/I The Businessman (voice)
The Simpsons 1990-2015 TV Series Hank Scorpio Jacques Dr. Raufbold ...
A Most Violent Year 2014 Andrew Walsh
This Is 40 2012 Larry
Drive 2011/I Bernie Rose
Weeds 2008 TV Series Lenny Botwin
The Simpsons Movie 2007 Russ Cargill (voice, as A. Brooks)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2005 Albert Brooks
Finding Nemo 2003 Marlin (voice)
The In-Laws 2003/I Jerry Peyser
Finding Nemo 2003 Video Game Marlin (voice)
My First Mister 2001 Randall - 'R'
The Muse 1999 Steven Phillips
Out of Sight 1998 Richard Ripley
Doctor Dolittle 1998 Jacob the Tiger (voice)
Critical Care 1997 Dr. Butz
Mother 1996/II John Henderson
The Scout 1994 Al Percolo
I'll Do Anything 1994 Burke Adler
Defending Your Life 1991 Daniel Miller
Broadcast News 1987 Aaron Altman
Lost in America 1985 David Howard
Unfaithfully Yours 1984 Norman Robbins
Terms of Endearment 1983 Rudyard (voice, as A. Brooks)
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 Car Driver (prologue)
Modern Romance 1981 Robert Cole
Private Benjamin 1980 Yale Goodman
Real Life 1979 Albert Brooks
Taxi Driver 1976 Tom
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series Interviewer (segment "The Impossible Truth") / Bob (segment 'NBC Super Season') / Heart Surgeon (segment 'Operation') / ...
The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1972 TV Series Dr. Norman
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series Christopher Leacock (segment "Love and Operation Model")
The Odd Couple 1970 TV Series Rudy
Insight 1970 TV Series Hank
Hot Wheels 1969 TV Series Mickey Barnes / Kip Chogi (voice)
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 TV Series College Student
The Cops 2018 TV Series announced
The Secret Life of Pets 2016 Tiberius (voice)
Finding Dory 2016 Marlin (voice)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cops 2018 TV Series creator announced
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2005 written by
The Muse 1999 written by
Mother 1996/II written by
The Scout 1994 screenplay
Defending Your Life 1991 written by
Lost in America 1985 written by
Modern Romance 1981 written by
Real Life 1979 written by
Saturday Night Live TV Series 2 episodes, 1975 - 1976 written by - 3 episodes, 1975
The Famous Comedians School 1976 TV Movie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2005
The Muse 1999
Mother 1996/II
Defending Your Life 1991
Lost in America 1985
Modern Romance 1981
Real Life 1979
The Famous Comedians School 1976 TV Movie

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 1975-1976 TV Series segment director - 7 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2005 performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business"
Mother 1996/II lyrics: "Mrs. Robinson"
Defending Your Life 1991 performer: "Home on the Range" - uncredited
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 performer: "Sea Hunt Theme", "Bonanza Theme", "National Geographic Fanfare", "Hawaii Five-O Theme"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Associates 1979-1980 TV Series composer - 2 episodes

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Famous Comedians School 1976 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cops 2018 TV Series executive producer - 2018 announced

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
War on Everyone 2016 the director would like to think
Bollywood Hero 2009 TV Series special thanks - 3 episodes
Making 'Taxi Driver' 1999 Video documentary special thanks
Inside 'Out of Sight' 1998 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Special Appearance
Good Morning America 1979-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The Daily Show 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself / Various
This Week 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Movie Theater Interviewee (pre-recorded) (uncredited)
Exploring the Reef 2003 Video documentary short Marlin (voice)
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Multiple Takes with Albert Brooks 2003 Video short Himself
The Parachute Sequence 2003 Video short Himself
Backstory 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Real Life: A Conversation with Albert Brooks 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Making 'Taxi Driver' 1999 Video documentary Himself / Tom
Inside 'Out of Sight' 1998 Video documentary short Himself
Howard Stern 1994-1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - 'Cabin Boy' Audition Reel (pre-recorded) (uncredited)
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1991 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969-1991 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest / Himself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1975-1976 TV Series Himself - Host (segment "Audience Research") / Himself (segment "Sick in Bed") / Himself / ...
Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1972-1973 TV Series Himself
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Actor
The Golddiggers 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Ed Sullivan Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Everly Brothers Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers 1969 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Himself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2012 TV Series documentary Car Driver (Prologue)
Burbs to the Beach 2008 Video short
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #32
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Aaron Altman
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
The Simpsons 1994 TV Series Jacques
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary 1991 TV Special Himself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 22nd Anniversary 1984 TV Special Himself - Actor
Johnny Carson's 21st Anniversary 1983 TV Movie Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 AAFCA Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Drive (2011)
2011 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Drive (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
1997 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Mother (1996) · Monica Mcgowan Johnson
1997 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Screenwriter of the Year · Monica Mcgowan Johnson
1996 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Mother (1996) · Monica Mcgowan Johnson
1988 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Supporting Male Performer - Motion Picture or TV Broadcast News (1987)
1988 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Broadcast News (1987)
1986 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Lost in America (1985) · Monica Mcgowan Johnson

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Drive (2011)
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Drive (2011)
2012 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) Drive (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Supporting Actor of the Year Drive (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2012 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Drive (2011)
2011 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Drive (2011)
2011 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2004 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Finding Nemo (2003)
1992 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Defending Your Life (1991)
1988 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Broadcast News (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
2011 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Drive (2011)
2011 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Drive (2011)
1988 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Broadcast News (1987)
1985 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Lost in America (1985) · Monica Mcgowan Johnson

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Broadcast News (1987)

TitleSalary
The Scout (1994) $3,000,000

#Quote
1 In 1972, I did a bit about the word shit, how a comic pulls it out of his arsenal...and nothing has changed. What makes money is a very specific kind of comedy, aimed at a young male audience, that has a huge amount of shit jokes. The Waterboy makes $150 million; it's like another language to me. I'm convinced that when the aliens finally land, that's what they'll laugh at, too. That's how we'll communicate with the future.....shit jokes.
2 The relationship between the artist and the audience is rather like a courtship.
3 When Rex Reed wrote that I had a face like an open sandwich, that was the best moment so far. It's just a thing of mine - I've always wanted to be compared to deli food.
4 [on his favorite hero in fiction] The second of the three little pigs. In normal usage, his stick house should have been sufficient. He just happened to come across a once-in-a-lifetime event. The first pig was stupid. The third pig had obsessive-compulsive disorder.
5 [on the talent he would most like to have] Parting the Red Sea would be cool.
6 [on his greatest fear] That three days before I die I'll find out what happiness means.
7 This getting old is something. I think I envy my dog, because my dog is sixteen and she's limping and she's still living, but she doesn't look at me like she knows. She's not thinking what I'm thinking. It's a cruel trick that we all know the ending.
8 People ask me all the time about improv, and I tell them that improv is just the final icing. You need a structure. It's like, if you're going to commit suicide, you need the building to jump out of.
9 [on auditioning for Drive (2011) director Nicolas Winding Refn] He asked why I thought I was right for the part, and I said, "Because you could cast me, or you could cast somebody who does this all the time, and as soon as he comes on the screen everybody will know who he is."
10 [on choosing to play Bernie Rose, a non-comedic, vicious killer, in Drive (2011)] The villains of the world don't walk around like villains. That's how they suck people in. They're charming. If you buy the movie and you've invested in the movie, the character can go anywhere you want.
11 I made my living in comedy but I'm not a silly person. I've got all these sides to me. Even in my movies that I've written myself, the characters sometimes border on great anger or nutsiness or other kinds of behavior. I'm not just doing fart jokes for two hours.
12 Normally movies have the same people they use over and over for everything. It's called typecasting. They don't like to take chances. They'll go with the guy they had before.
13 [on why he changed his name from Einstein to Brooks] Do I even have to answer?
14 [on being called "neurotic"] I have feelings about that. It's an interesting world we live in when Arnold Schwarzenegger can kill 115 people in a movie and he's fine. I drive around a woman's house twice, and I'm neurotic. Go figure.
15 [on his father's death onstage] The interesting thing to me was that he finished. He could have died in the middle. He could have done it on the way over there. But he didn't. He finished. And he was as good as he'd ever been in his life.
16 [on casting Mother (1996)] It took me four months to get Doris Day to see me. She lives up in Monterey, so I had to take one of those little planes where everyone has to weigh themselves. When I got there, before I sat down, she says to me, "I'm not going to do this movie, but I just so much wanted to meet you". But it was a pleasant afternoon. I remember she had, like, 30 dogs. She took me in back of her house where there was this graveyard, and she said very seriously, "This is where the dogs go". I tried to make her laugh. I said, " . . . to the bathroom?" She got upset.
17 [on Stanley Kubrick] He asked to see the script [for Lost in America (1985)], so I sent him a copy. He called back and said he liked it but had some suggestions. He thought the couple should split up and not get back together until the end--as a sort of surprise. I immediately said, "Oh, no, that's a terrible idea". That was the last conversation we had.
18 [on the failure of Modern Romance (1981)] The [studio heads] were angry. It was like I had shot a child . . . I was depressed, but then one day I was sitting at home and the phone rings. It's Stanley Kubrick. He had seen the movie and wanted to know how I did it. That's the first thing he said: "How did you make this movie? I've always wanted to make a movie about jealousy". I said to him, "The guy who did '2001' [2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)] is asking me how I did something?"
19 [on Taxi Driver (1976)] After we finished the movie, Schrader [Paul Schrader] came up to me at the cast party and said, "I want to thank you. That was the only guy in the script I didn't know". I said to him, "That's the guy you didn't know? You knew every pimp and murderer, but the guy who gets up and goes to work every day--him you didn't know?"
20 There was a time when I was probably too cautious about my career. Maybe I could have taken more chances. But, you know, when Garry Marshall came to me with Pretty Woman (1990) there was no Julia Roberts. It was just this silly script about a prostitute. And at the time I was offered Big (1988), I wanted to dig my teeth into a grown-up character. I didn't want to play little kids. But I'm getting better at this sort of thing. I'm taking more chances.
21 When I die, if the word "thong" appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.
22 Bullfights are hugely popular because you can sit comfortably with a hot dog and possibly watch a man die. It won't be me, but I can sit comfortably and watch it.
23 We export films that are full of sleazy [penis] jokes and toilet humor
  • that's why we've earned the affectionate nickname of the Great Satan.
What's seemingly benign, by our standards, is doing more damage to us around the world than anything I could ever do.
24 [on Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)] For so long afterward [9/11], whenever I heard anyone talk about Muslims, it was in association with terrorism. But I thought, "What could I do in a teeny way - and believe me, it's a teeny way - to defuse this?" There had to be some way to separate the 1.5 billion people who don't want to kill us from the 100,000 or so who do. I thought if I could get five Muslims and six Hindus and maybe 3 Jews to laugh for 90 minutes, then I've accomplished something.
25 I've always felt like I work in a small little area that doesn't represent anything like the rest of society.
26 Being a screenwriter in Hollywood is like being a eunuch at an orgy. Worse, actually, at least the eunuch is allowed to watch.

#Trademark
1 Often compared to Woody Allen or called "The West Coast Woody Allen"
2 His characters are usually nervous and ill-tempered
3 Hoarse voice
4 Always casts himself in the lead role of his films as a nebbish weisenheimer.
5 [Satire] Frequently satirizes different facets of Hollywood (Reality TV/Filmmaking in Real Life (1979), Screenwriting in The Muse (1999)
6 Frequent collaborators: Monica Mcgowan Johnson and James L. Brooks
7 Dysfunctional relationships (Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981) and Mother (1996)).

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