Albert Brooks

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Albert Brooks (December 2011)

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills , California ; actually Albert Lawrence Einstein ) is an American actor and screenwriter .


Albert Lawrence Einstein was born in Los Angeles to actress Thelma Leeds , née Goodman, and radio host Harry Einstein . His older brother was the actor and comedian Bob Einstein . His grandparents immigrated from Austria and Russia . He is Jewish himself and grew up in a show business environment. Brooks attended Beverly Hills High School with Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner, who were same age . He studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and dropped out after a year. He took on a supporting role in the movie Taxi Driver (1976), in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro , Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel .

Brooks was founded in 1988 for his role in the movie Broadcast News for the film award Oscar nomination; he won the American Comedy Award and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award . In the film Rendezvous im Jenseits (1991) he took over the direction, played the leading role and wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for the Saturn Award in 1992 . In the crime film Out of Sight (1998) he played the millionaire Richard Ripley , whom Jack Foley, played by George Clooney , wants to rob. He played one of the leading roles alongside Michael Douglas in the comedy An Unequal Couple (2003) .

As a screenwriter, he won the National Society of Film Critics Award for the films Upside Down America (1985) and Mother (1996) .

Brooks has been married to Kimberly Shlain since 1997 and has two children.


As an actor

As a director

  • 1979: Taken from real life ( real life )
  • 1980: Modern Romance - Does love have to be a nightmare? ( Modern Romance )
  • 1985: Head Over in America ( Lost in America )
  • 1991: Rendezvous in the Hereafter ( Defending Your Life )
  • 1996: Mother
  • 1999: The Muse ( The Muse )
  • 2005: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Guest roles

  • 1990: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 01x07 Beware, Wild Homer )
  • 1990: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 01x09 The beautiful Jacques )
  • 1993: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 05x07 Bart, the inner self )
  • 1994: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 06x03 Romance is everywhere! )
  • 1996: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 08x02 The tempting offer )
  • 2005: The Simpsons (TV series, episode 16x17 The Big Feast )

Awards and nominations

Web links

Commons : Albert Brooks  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Albert Brooks Biography (1947–) .
  2. Rachel Astarte Piccione: Comedy in The Muslim World . In: EGO Magazine . January 2006. Archived from the original on February 10, 2006. Retrieved on May 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Peter (January 22, 2006). "The background on Albert Brooks" . The Washington Post , The Buffalo News . Accessed April 24, 2008. "Albert Brooks, who grew up in a showbiz family and attended Beverly Hills High School, has never been interested in being an outsider."