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James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a Hollywood producer, writer, and film director.

He is best known for producing classic TV shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons, Rhoda, Taxi, and The Tracey Ullman Show. He also directed the Oscar-winning movie, Terms of Endearment, which he won an Oscar for "Best Director" in 1984.

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Biography

James L. Brooks was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Brooks began his television career as a writer for CBS News from 1964 to 1966. After working for the ABC television series Room 222 as executive story editor, Brooks was hired along with writing partner Allan Burns by television executive Grant Tinker to create a show that would later become the The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a critical and commerical success and spawned other television shows created by Brooks and Burns such as Rhoda, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Taxi, The Associates, and Lou Grant.

In 1978 Brooks began work on feature motion films. His first project was being writer and co-producer on the film Starting Over and later wrote, produced, and directed Terms of Endearment in 1983.

Brooks later started his own film and television production company, Gracie Films in 1984. Gracie Films would produced the television series The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons, The Critic and many others. Gracie Films notable film productions were Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, Bottle Rocket, and Broadcast News.

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