Add a cover

General information  

Links  

Alias  

  • Brooks Richard

Ratings

This media has not been rated yet.
Be the first one!

To rate this media or to interact with your friends, create a free mediatly account. You'll also be able to collaborate with our growing community and make it you digital entertainment center.

Friends who like

Sign up to see which of your friends like this.

Linked media  

Linking media

Mediatly © 2013

Mediatly, The multimedia social network

Discover new movies and TV shows to watch, novels or comics to read, music to hear and games to play thanks to your friends. It's fast, free, simple and enjoyable!
To start discover a new world, Sign up for free

  
Richard Brooks (1912)

Ruben Sax

Type :  

  Summary  

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and occasional film producer.

  Biography  

 early life and career
Brooks was born Ruben Sax to Russian Jewish immigrants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from West Philadelphia High School, and later Temple University. He was a sports reporter at several newspapers (the Atlantic City Press Union, the Philadelphia Record and the New York World-Telegram), then moved into radio at WNEW in New York. He served at the NBC network as a staff writer in the 1930s before directing for the stage at the Mill Pond Theatre in New York. He then spent several years in Hollywood as a staff writer for low-budget pictures and serials before serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Brooks' time in the Corps had him writing training films at Quantico, Virginia and Camp Pendleton, California and rose to the rank of Sergeant. During this time he wrote his first novel The Brick Foxhole based on conversations he heard amongst his fellow Marines..

His second published novel was Splinters in 1941, but his 1945 novel, The Brick Foxhole, was a larger success; it is the story of a group of Marines who pick up and then murder a homosexual man, a stinging indictment of intolerance. The book was made into a movie in 1947 as Crossfire, though the intolerance was switched from homophobia to anti-Semitism to please studio executives and 1940s audiences .

In the 1940s he wrote the screenplays for the critically acclaimed Key Largo and Brute Force, both suspenseful examples of film noir. He also co-wrote Storm Warning, an anti-Klan melodrama with film-noir overtones, in conjunction with Daniel Fuchs. 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 Elmer Gantry, although he was nominated for the films Blackboard Jungle , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , The Professionals , and In Cold Blood .

Other notable films directed by Brooks include The Brothers Karamazov, starring Yul Brynner; Lord Jim, starring Peter O'Toole; The Last Time I Saw Paris, with Elizabeth Taylor, adapting, in their turn, Dostoyevsky, Joseph Conrad, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. His last significant project was the controversial Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

 personal life
In 1960 he married the British actress Jean Simmons, whom he directed in Elmer Gantry, and they had one daughter. They divorced in 1977.

Brooks became part of Hugh Hefner's circle of friends with entree to the Playboy Mansion, once described by Clive James: "Hefner's estate teemed with voluptuous young women and the dining-room where free hamburgers were available 24 hours a day was impressively populated with Hollywood male notables. But it was sadly apparent that most of them were superannuated lechers. The film director Richard Brooks was typical. He hadn't directed a film in decades and one of the reasons was that he had been here, chomping the free hamburgers, while he eyed the women. He was in Hef's hamburger heaven, sizing up the poontang on his way to a final resting place in Hillside Memorial Park." James's observations are untrue in at least one respect: Brooks worked as a director steadily for 35 years from 1950 to 1985, and he never had a period where he "hadn't directed a film in decades".

Show more

  Played TV shows  

  Bands  

  Movie

  Crew    

  Companies    

  Photos    

  Videos  

  Press reviews    

  User reviews

  Sources

Whole or part of the information contained in this card come from the Wikipedia article "Richard Brooks", licensed under CC-BY-SA full list of contributors here.