Foster Brooks
Foster Brooks
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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Civil rights workers fired after giving employees nicknames like Psycho ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Let's see, there is, Teen Wolf, Monster, Roid Rage, Tupac, Psycho, Eliza Doolittle, Ready for the World, Foster Brooks, Mr Bentley, Homeless McGee, Red Foxx, and Rainman.' 'Psycho is flirting with the new stoned intern. She told him that if he ever
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Excerpts from emails sent by 3 fired workers - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Let's see, there is, Teen Wolf, Monster, Roid Rage, Tupac, Psycho, Eliza Doolittle, Ready for the World, Foster Brooks, Mr. Bentley, Homeless McGee, Red Foxx, and Rainman." — Drayton to Howard and Buenger on March 3: "Psycho is flirting with the new
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Marion resident savors memories of meeting Hollywood stars - Ocala
Google News - over 5 years
Among the famous diners who became family friends included comedian Foster Brooks and George Pernicano, who today is involved in the ownership of the San Diego Chargers. "Mr. Pernicano successfully operated a chain of pizza restaurants in San Diego in
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Ford helped pioneer addiction treatment - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
People didn't stop laughing at drunk acts like Dean Martin and Foster Brooks until after Betty Ford opened her chemical dependency treatment center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in 1982. Ford, who died Friday at age 93, helped create a new sobering reality
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Dawson column: Grandma gets down but can't get up - ENC Today
Google News - over 5 years
I'm not referring to the bob and weave of Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier, but more like that of Foster Brooks or Dudley Moore. Somehow, this innovative woman was able to walk at a 45 degree angle without spilling a drop of her drank
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Baldwinisms: Top ten Alec Baldwin tweets - Daily Caller
Google News - over 5 years
I'm the Foster Brooks of coffee. You cut me, and espresso comes out.” 4. The embodiment of discipline: “I only had one peanut butter cookie a day…..the size of a hubcap.” 5. When in doubt, don't make Nazi jokes: “My drink is four shots of espresso in
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Raymond LeCesse, Fio Rito, North Park owner, dies - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Mr. LeCesse recalled how he named the colt: "Foster Brooks (comedian with Rochester roots) is a friend of mine and I almost named the colt Loveable Lush. But another friend is Chris Fio Rito, a trumpet player in Las Vegas
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Scorsese to Direct Big-Screen Biopic of Liz and Dick? - San Diego Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
As for hambone Burton, is Foster Brooks still alive? By Scott_Marks 1:58 pm, Jun 2, 2011 > Report it Vergara's gorgeous, but the look isn't right for Liz. Maybe a Sofia Loren biopic. And why can't America produce another Liz. Angelina tries, but it's
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The Taming of the Shrew - Vital VOICE
Google News - over 5 years
His “Foster Brooks” performance of the drunken tinker Sly is a lot of fun, but when he joins the cast as both Pedant and Vincentio, he shines. I'm not sure he steals the scenes he's in, especially one that he plays with himself, because it seems like
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Phil Kabler: Most senators collect full expenses - Charleston Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Dan Foster, Brooks McCabe, Corey Palumbo and Erik Wells, as well as Sens. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo; and Ron Stollings, D-Boone (who make enough from their day jobs not to need taxpayer money) And of course, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin,
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One Man's View: You Do What? - Leominster Champion
Google News - almost 6 years
Otis from Mayberry RFD and Foster Brooks were funny, but no one could seriously watch them and say “That's my idol.” And it is one thing to play a drunk. It is quite another to make a living by being a drunk. What is his reply when someone asks him
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A caped crusader for the gods of yore - Globe and Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
He had been performing at the Aladdin in Las Vegas when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in 1976, an episode including Liberace, Foster Brooks (hic!), and the Watermelon Jug band. Thor waved a short-handled hammer while wearing silver go-go boots
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Lost Journal: Must physical therapy be physical - Princeton Daily Clarion
Google News - almost 6 years
I look like Foster Brooks taking a sobriety test after a "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast." When Sarge told me to drop and do an exercise called "Spider-Man," I told her it was unkind to remind a theater person like myself of bad ideas, poorly executed
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Rocky Relations - Cleveland Scene Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
Playing drunk with all the subtlety of a bad Foster Brooks mimic, Patterson slobbers her way through some supposedly pointed chitchat in a bar. This lead-in transforms her song "The Ladies Who Lunch" from the chilly extra-dry martini it should be to a
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Foster Brooks, 89, Comedian Known for His Tipsy Persona
NYTimes - about 15 years
Foster Brooks, a comedian whose act as a lovable drunk made him a fixture on television and Las Vegas stages, died on Thursday at his home in Encino, Calif. He was 89. Mr. Brooks, with silver hair and a beard, was a master at appearing as someone who had had too many cocktails and was trying not to show it. His popularity reached a peak in the
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Buffalo Bob Smith, 'Howdy Doody' Creator, Is Dead at 80
NYTimes - over 18 years
Buffalo Bob Smith, a singing piano player and chatty radio disk jockey who created Howdy Doody and then teamed up with the puppet on one of early television's most enduring children's shows, died of cancer yesterday at a hospital near his home in Flat Rock, N.C. Mr. Smith was 80. ''Say, kids, what time is it?'' Buffalo Bob would ask his Peanut
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Dad's So Grumpy Now: The Cosby Persona Goes Into a New Phase of Life
NYTimes - over 20 years
Listen, if the grumpy-old-man concept works so well for Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, why not for Bill Cosby? CBS, at least, is banking on a positive answer as the network brings back one of the country's cleverest entertainers in ''Cosby,'' an American riff on a British sitcom called ''One Foot in the Grave.'' This is a big gamble for CBS, the
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Las Vegas, Theme City
NYTimes - about 23 years
WITH the opening of three flamboyant new hotels this fall, Las Vegas has surpassed even its own mystifying ability to give the visitor his money's worth while taking him to the cleaners. The bells and whistles have bells and whistles at these three: The Luxor, a homage to ancient Egypt; Treasure Island, where the look is plunder, and the MGM Grand
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Head of State G.O.P. Offered Aid to Goetz
NYTimes - about 32 years
The chairman of the New York State Republican Committee said yesterday that he had offered to donate $5,000 to Bernhard Hugo Goetz, the man accused of shooting four youths on a subway train last month. The chairman, George Clark, said he had made the personal offer because he was ''scared of some of the creatures'' on the city's subways. ''In a
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METS FALL 7 GAMES BEHIND
NYTimes - over 32 years
The seventh and eighth innings ended without the Mets scoring tonight, and largely because of that they lost to the Pirates, 2-0, making their challenge to get to first place more imposing than ever. The Cubs won, 4-1, in Montreal, and the combined results pushed the Mets seven games behind first-place Chicago in the National League East, taking
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Foster Brooks
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 88
    Brooks died on December 20, 2001, at his home in Encino, California, from heart failure.
    More Details Hide Details He was 89.
  • 2000
    Age 87
    He is also referenced on an episode of Get a Life called "Paperboy 2000".
    More Details Hide Details On the March 1, 2010, episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart referred to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's mispronunciation of a constituent's name by saying, "It's not supposed to end on a Foster Brooks hiccup."
  • 1983
    Age 70
    In 1983, Brooks appeared in the film Cannonball Run II with comedians Louis Nye and Sid Caesar as fishermen in a rowboat.
    More Details Hide Details He had a recurring role as Mr. Sternhagen, Mindy's boss on Mork & Mindy. His name was a moniker on a Louisville celebrity golf tournament benefiting Kosair Charities. Brooks was a Shriner and member of the Al Malaikah Shriners, Los Angeles. He also made occasional guest appearances on TV shows in which he would demonstrate his singing voice. Brooks' last performance was at a celebrity roast in Las Vegas for Zsa Zsa Gabor. Brooks was married to Terri Brooks and had two daughters; Scotti Brooks and Teri Elmendorf. Brooks' brother, Tom, was a well-known entertainer in Louisville, Kentucky for many years. Tom Brooks played "Cactus", a hayseed character and sidekick to Randy Atcher on T-Bar-V Ranch and Hayloft Hoedown, and was an off-screen announcer on WHAS-TV for many years in the 1950s and 1960s. He had six other brothers. His mother, Edna, was a singer.
  • 1979
    Age 66
    In 1979, Brooks appeared in the film The Villain as a bank clerk.
    More Details Hide Details Public sensibilities had changed regarding alcoholics and public drunkenness by the 1980s, so Brooks moved away from his drunken character.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1969
    Age 56
    Brooks acted again on Green Acres in 1969, this time giving a completely "sober" performance as Charlie Williams, a chemist, in the episode "The Milk Maker."
    More Details Hide Details The following year he returned to his whiskey-soaked persona on the television western The High Chaparral. Brooks asked Dean Martin to join his group "Alcoholics Unanimous", a play on Alcoholics Anonymous. He boasted he and Martin were charter members of the DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Hall of Fame. During the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra, he claimed to be related to Brooks of Justerini & Brooks.
    On the comedy series Green Acres in the 1969 episode "Economy Flight to Washington", Brooks' boozy, bobble-headed character meets and befriends the pig Arnold Ziffel in a hotel bar.
    More Details Hide Details In the scene, ostensibly through the haze of alcohol, Brooks mistakes the anthropomorphic pig for a US Air Force lieutenant, since the animal is sitting on a barstool and is wearing a white leather aviator's cap, goggles, and a red scarf.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In a later Adam-12 episode, he plays a stoned man, stopped for erratic driving, who tries to hide the burning marijuana "joint" in his suit's front pocket.
  • 1968
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the time I needed the $10."
  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 47
    In 1960, Brooks moved with his family to Los Angeles to seek more professional opportunities.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he appeared on the television comedies "The Munsters" and "Bewitched". Brooks also delivered Christmas mail and phone books, and managed an apartment building in North Hollywood. Brooks also worked as a security guard for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. On the syndicated Steve Allen Show of the 1960s, Allen introduced Brooks as an important movie producer. Brooks stumbled on stage doing his drunk act, fooling some of the other guests. Brooks claimed to be the executive in charge of editing movies for TV. His biggest success, he said, was the famous movie The Three Commandments. His character also claimed to have invented the concept of removing clips from the movies and inserting commercials. Singer Perry Como discovered Brooks at a golf tournament in North Carolina in 1969, giving the comedian his major break. Como chose Brooks to open for him, and when a manager balked at the newcomer, Como refused to perform. The manager acquiesced, and Brooks was an instant hit.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 39
    In 1952, Brooks appeared on local TV in a short-lived spoof of Gene Autry and his "Singing Cowboys".
    More Details Hide Details He later worked in local broadcasting as a radio and TV personality in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, before moving to the West Coast to launch a career as a stand-up comic and character actor. In Buffalo, Brooks performed with a country and western vocal group known as the Hi-Hatters.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 24
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Foster Brooks was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 11, 1912.
    More Details Hide Details He had seven brothers. His career started in radio, notably with Marshall Krieger at station WHAS (AM) in Louisville. He was a staff announcer, and his deep baritone voice was also well-suited for singing.
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