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      James L. Brooks

      James L. Brooks

      Highest Rated: 100% Icebox (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 31% How Do You Know (2010)

      Birthday: May 9, 1940

      Birthplace: North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

      Since the late 1960s, writer-director-producer James L. Brooks was a powerful comedic force on both the big screen and on television, creating multi-awarding winning fare that also proved to be smashing popular hits. After getting his start as a writer on shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and "My Three Sons" (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), a groundbreaking sitcom centered around a single, independent woman that earned several Emmy Awards and became one of the most revered programs of all time. Brooks continued his television success with "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983) before experiencing Academy Award triumph with his sentimental, but not maudlin tragic-comedy, "Terms of Endearment" (1983). He followed up with "Broadcast News" (1987), a hilariously honest look at the complicated lives of people in the television news business, before creating with animator Matt Groening "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ), an animated sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon and later a hugely successful movie in 2007. He had more critical and awards success with the heartwarming romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets" (1997), which only confirmed his unique ability to create popular fare in all mediums that was also lauded by critics.

      Highest rated movies

      Modern Romance
      Real Life

      Photos

      James L. Brooks THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, from left: director Kelly Fremon Craig, producer James L. Brooks, on set, 2016. ph: Murray Close/© STX Entertainment HOW DO YOU KNOW, from left: director James L. Brooks, Kathryn Hahn, on set, 2010. ph: David James/©Columbia Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      97% 93% Albert Brooks: Defending My Life Self - 2023
      97% 76% Being Mary Tyler Moore Self - 2023
      99% 95% Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Producer $20.3M 2023
      No Score Yet 45% Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet 67% The Good, the Bart, and the Loki Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playdate With Destiny Executive Producer - 2020
      100% 77% Icebox Producer - 2018
      94% 83% The Edge of Seventeen Producer $14.4M 2016
      No Score Yet 83% Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare Screenwriter - 2012
      31% 25% How Do You Know Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $30.2M 2010
      No Score Yet 71% Dreams on Spec Unknown (Character) - 2007
      87% 77% The Simpsons Movie Writer,
      Producer
      $183.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Simpsons Movie Writer,
      Producer
      - 2007
      54% 60% Spanglish Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $42.0M 2004
      49% 66% Riding in Cars With Boys Producer $29.8M 2001
      86% 86% As Good as It Gets Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $147.6M 1997
      86% 79% Bottle Rocket Executive Producer $488.6K 1996
      84% 79% Jerry Maguire Producer $153.6M 1996
      67% 41% I'll Do Anything Director,
      Producer
      $10.2M 1994
      83% 71% The War of the Roses Producer $84.1M 1989
      98% 85% Say Anything... Executive Producer $20.0M 1989
      98% 82% Big Producer $113.5M 1988
      98% 79% Broadcast News Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $49.2M 1987
      82% 83% Terms of Endearment Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      82% 71% Modern Romance David (Character) - 1981
      86% 58% Starting Over Producer - 1979
      81% 83% Real Life Driving Evaluator (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice),
      Executive Producer
      1989-2024
      38% No Score Yet What About Joan Executive Producer 2001
      85% 81% The Critic Executive Producer 1994-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rabbi (Guest Star),
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      1970-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Writer 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Writer 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Writer 1968
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Writer 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Writer 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Writer 1966