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Richard Brooks

Highest Rated:   100% Cobra Woman (1944)
Lowest Rated:   12% The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
Birthday:   Not Available
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After attending Philadelphia's Temple University, Richard Brooks labored away as a sports reporter for the Atlantic City Press Union, the Philadelphia Record and the New York World-Telegram. Brooks joined New York radio station WNEW as a staff writer in the late 1930s, then moved on to the NBC network writing pool. After a season as director of New York's Mill Pond Theatre, Brooks headed to Los Angeles, where he did some more radio writing and broke into films as a scripter of "B" pictures, Maria Montez epics and serials. Following two years' wartime service with the Marines, Brooks published his first novel, an anti-intolerance effort titled The Brick Foxhole. Brooks was contractually unable to work on the screenplay adaptation of Brick Foxhole (released in 1947 as Crossfire), but found time to pen a brace of additional novels; he also co-wrote Brute Force (1947) and Key Largo (1948). In 1950, Brooks made his directorial debut with MGM's Crisis, an offbeat political melodrama containing a memorable dramatic performance by Cary Grant. Brooks' breakthrough film as director was the landmark juvenile delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955). Thereafter, Brooks was regarded as an "independent" (though he didn't officially break away from the studio system until 1965), scripting as well as directing such prestige items as Brothers Karamazov (1958) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He earned several Academy Award nominations, winning the "Best Screenplay" Oscar for Elmer Gantry (1960). Brooks' later independent productions, nearly all of them adapted from popular novels, included Lord Jim (1965) In Cold Blood (1967) Happy Ending (1969, starring Brooks' then-wife Jean Simmons) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1976). In 1987, Brooks entered into a partnership with actor Robert Culp, but their Crime Inc. Productions never produced a film.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Adventures of Ragtime
  • Agent Dooley
1998
No Score Yet Code Name: Wolverine
  • John Baines
1996
12% The Crow: City of Angels
  • Judah
1996
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
  • Actor
1990
20% Shocker
  • Rhino
1989
83% 84 Charlie Mopic
  • O.D.
1989
78% The Hidden
  • Sanchez
1987
No Score Yet Resting Place
  • Booker T. Douglas
1986
14% Fever Pitch
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
38% Wrong Is Right
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
76% Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
71% Bite the Bullet
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1975
83% $ (Dollars) (The Heist)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
20% The Happy Ending
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1969
91% In Cold Blood
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1967
93% The Professionals
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
54% Lord Jim
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
75% Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1962
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1960
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1958
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
17% The Catered Affair
  • Director
1956
83% Last Hunt
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1956
76% Blackboard Jungle
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1955
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Take the High Ground
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
No Score Yet Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet The Light Touch
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Mystery Street
  • Screenwriter
1950
67% Crisis
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Any Number Can Play
  • Screenwriter
1949
97% Key Largo
  • Screenwriter
1948
91% Brute Force
  • Screenwriter
1947
100% Cobra Woman
  • Screenwriter
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Being Mary Jane
2014
  • Patrick Patterson
  • 2015
95% Elementary
2012
  • Det. Demps
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Frederick Douglass
  • 2013
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
  • Lead Marshal Pollack
  • 2013
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Mark Boulware
  • 2009
81% Firefly
2002-2003
  • Early
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Freeman
  • 1994

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