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For 40 years, Actor and comedian Albert Brooks has worked steadily in Hollywood, appearing both in other people's movies and in his own self-directed projects.
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Albert Brooks was born July 22, 1947, in Beverly Hills, CA. He showed talent in stand-up comedy. He made his first major T.V. appearance in 1969. He then worked steadily in T.V., directing several short films. 1976, he took on his first big film role. For the next several years, he took small parts in popular movies until his role Broadcast News. For 40 years, he has worked steadily in Hollywood.
"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."
"If people don't love what you're doing, that doesn't mean you're wrong.''
Actor and comedian. Born July 22, 1947, in Beverly Hills, California, the youngest son of Thelma Leeds, a singer and actress, and Harry Parke, a radio comedian who went by the stage name of Parkya Karkus. Unable to pass up a good punchline, the two performers named their youngest son Albert Einstein, a name he changed as soon as he became an adult. Albert had two older brothers (including Bob Einstein, a comedian who performs as Super Dave Osborne) and a half-brother on his father's side.
When Brooks was 11 years old, his father died of a heart attack onstage at a Friar's Club roast of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Harry Parke slumped over into the lap of Milton Berle, whose calls for a doctor were initially met with laughter from the crowd, who thought he was joking. Following this tragedy, Brooks attended Beverly Hills High School, the alma mater of fellow actors Betty White, Rob Reiner and Angelina Jolie. After graduating, he went to Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh on an acting scholarship, but moved back to Los Angeles a few years later to start his career in show business.
Brooks showed major talent on the stand-up comedy circuit. ''Everyone knew that Albert was head and shoulders above everybody else, a genius,'' said Reiner, a friend since high school. ''I'm talking people like Chevy Chase, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal basically acknowledging that you couldn't touch this guy. Whenever Albert started in, everyone pretty much backed off and just let him go.''
Brooks made his first major television appearance in 1969 on a Dean Martin variety show, doing a bit about a ventriloquist with no talent. He worked steadily in television, directing several short films for the first season of Saturday Night Live and appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 1976, he took on his first big film role in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, playing a campaign worker in love with a character played by Cybill Shepherd. In 1979, Brooks released Real Life, a mockumentary in which he played an obnoxious filmmaker (named Albert Brooks) who films an American family in an attempt to win an Academy Award. It was the first picture that Brooks wrote, directed and starred in. Though not a smash at the box office, the movie developed a cult following among fans of Brooks' self-mocking humor. He went on to write, direct and star in six more films.
For the next several years, Brooks moved between small parts in popular movies (such as the boorish husband of Goldie Hawn who dies on his wedding night in Private Benjamin) and writer/director/star roles in little-seen films like Modern Romance.
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