James L. Brooks

Brooks in 2007 James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer, screenwriter and co-founder of Gracie Films. He co-created the sitcoms ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'', ''Taxi'', and ''The Simpsons'' and directed the films ''Terms of Endearment'' (1983), ''Broadcast News'' (1987), and ''As Good as It Gets'' (1997). He received numerous accolades including three Academy Awards, 21 Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.

Brooks started his career as an usher at CBS, going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. He moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper's documentaries. He wrote for ''My Mother the Car'' and ''My Friend Tony'' and created the series ''Room 222''. Grant Tinker hired Brooks and producer Allan Burns at MTM Productions to create ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' in 1970. Brooks and Burns then created two successful spin-offs from ''Mary Tyler Moore'': ''Rhoda'' (a comedy) and ''Lou Grant'' (a drama). Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the sitcom ''Taxi'' (1978-1983).

Brooks moved into feature film work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film ''Starting Over''. His next project was the critically acclaimed film ''Terms of Endearment'', which he produced, directed and wrote, winning an Academy Award for all three roles. He earned acclaim for his films ''Broadcast News'' (1987) and ''As Good as It Gets'' (1997). He received mixed reviews for ''I'll Do Anything'' (1994), ''Spanglish'' (2004), and ''How Do You Know'' (2010). Brooks also produced Cameron Crowe's ''Say Anything...'' (1989) and Wes Anderson's ''Bottle Rocket'' (1996).

In 1986, Brooks founded the television and film company, Gracie Films. Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of ''The Tracey Ullman Show''. He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to ''The Simpsons'' in 1989. ''The Simpsons'' won numerous awards and is still running after over 30 years. Brooks also co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, ''The Simpsons Movie''. In total, Brooks has received 53 Emmy nominations, winning 21 of them. Provided by Wikipedia
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