Albert Brooks

Actor + Voice Actor + Writer + Comedian and Director
Born Jul 22, 1947

Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo, and recurring guest voices for the animated television series The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born in 1947.


1972 25 Years Old He had already made his first short film, The Famous Comedians School, a satiric short and an early example of the mockumentary subgenre that appeared on the PBS show The Great American Dream Machine in 1972.
1975 28 Years Old In 1975, he directed six short films for the first season of NBC's Saturday Night Live:
1976 29 Years Old In 1976 he appeared in his first mainstream film role, in Martin Scorsese's landmark Taxi Driver; Scorsese allowed Brooks to improvise much of his dialogue. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old Brooks directed his first feature film, Real Life, in 1979. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old These include 1981's Modern Romance, where Brooks played a film editor desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold). … Read More


1997 50 Years Old In 1997, Brooks married website designer Kimberly Shlain, daughter of surgeon and writer Leonard Shlain. … Read More
1998 51 Years Old …  In James L. Brooks's hit Broadcast News (1987), Albert Brooks was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing an insecure, supremely ethical network TV reporter, who offers the rhetorical question, "Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?" He also won positive notices for his role in 1998's Out of Sight, playing an untrustworthy banker and ex-convict. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old In 2005, his film Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was dropped by Sony Pictures due to their desire to change the title. Warner Independent Pictures purchased the film and gave it a limited release in January 2006; the film received mixed reviews and a low box office gross. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old In 2006 he appeared in the documentary film Wanderlust as David Howard from "Lost in America". … Read More


2007 60 Years Old In 2007, he continued his long term collaboration with The Simpsons by voicing Russ Cargill, the central antagonist of The Simpsons Movie.
2011 64 Years Old 1 More Event
He has played Lenny Botwin, Nancy Botwin's estranged father-in-law, on Showtime's television series Weeds. St. Martin's Press published his first novel, 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America, on May 10, 2011.
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