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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks was a Hollywood film writer, director, and (occasionally) producer. His films tended to be more serious than those of his contemporaries, and many have enjoyed lasting appeal.

Brooks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from West Philadelphia High School, and later Temple University. In the 1940s he wrote the screenplays for the critically acclaimed Key Largo and Brute Force, both suspenseful examples of film noir. In 1950 he directed his film Crisis, which gave a much darker role to the actor Cary Grant than he had previously attempted. He won his only Oscar in 1960 for his screenplay for the film Elmer Gantry, although he was nominated for the films Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In Cold Blood and The Professionals.

In 1960, he married the British actress Jean Simmons, and they had one daughter. They divorced in 1977. Brooks died in 1992 in Beverly Hills, California.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Richard Brooks has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6422 Hollywood Blvd.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Richard Brooks Facts

Birth NameRuben Sax
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayMay 18, 1912
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathMarch 11, 1992 (age 79)

Selected Filmography

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Professionals
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Sweet Bird of Youth
TCM Greatest Classic: Legends
Something of Value
In Cold Blood
The Brothers Karamazov
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