Foster Brooks

Born May 11, 1912

Foster Brooks was an American actor and comedian most famous for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.

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1912 Birth Foster Brooks was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 11, 1912. … Read More


1937 25 Years Old Brooks gained fame for his reporting of the Ohio River flood of 1937, where he was featured on emergency broadcasts by WHAS and also WSM (AM) from Nashville, Tennessee.


1952 40 Years Old In 1952, Brooks appeared on local TV in a short-lived spoof of Gene Autry and his "Singing Cowboys". … Read More
1960 48 Years Old In 1960, Brooks moved with his family to Los Angeles to seek more professional opportunities. … Read More


1964 52 Years Old Brooks drew upon his own battles with alcohol for his act. During his period of greatest fame, Brooks rarely drank. Of giving up drinking to win a bet in 1964, Brooks said, "A fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn't quit, and I haven't had a drink since. … Read More
1968 56 Years Old He would occasionally make cameo appearances in which his character was perfectly sober, such as his appearance in a 1968 episode of Adam-12 playing a strait-laced citizen who tries to get out of a parking ticket by dropping the name of an officer senior to the main characters.
He also played the character Harry Sachs in a 1969 episode of Adam-12 in which he performed as a highly intoxicated man standing in the middle of a street, waving his suit jacket at oncoming traffic, as if he were a bullfighter. … Read More


1979 67 Years Old In 1979, Brooks appeared in the film The Villain as a bank clerk. … Read More
1983 71 Years Old In 1983, Brooks appeared in the film Cannonball Run II with comedians Louis Nye and Sid Caesar as fishermen in a rowboat. … Read More
2000 88 Years Old …  He is also referenced on an episode of Get a Life called "Paperboy 2000". … Read More
2001 90 Years Old Brooks died on December 20, 2001, at his home in Encino, California, from heart failure. … Read More
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