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Director, Richard Brooks, was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912 in Philadelphia, PA. Brooks died at the age of 79 on Mar 11, 1992 in Beverly Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

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Richard Brooks was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing for Elmer Gantry in 1960.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best WritingBlackboard Jungle (1955)N/ANominated
1958Best DirectorCat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)N/ANominated
1960Best WritingElmer Gantry (1960)N/AWon
1966Best DirectorThe Professionals (1966)N/ANominated
1966Best WritingThe Professionals (1966)N/ANominated
1967Best DirectorIn Cold Blood (1967)N/ANominated
1967Best WritingIn Cold Blood (1967)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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The Happy Ending (1969, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 29, 2019 From The Stop Button

Jean Simmons doesn’t smile until over halfway through The Happy Ending. The movie runs almost two hours and has a present action of like eighteen years. The first eight minutes are a mostly wordless summary of John Forsythe courting Jean Simmons in the early fifties. The time period’s no... Read full article


Deadline – U.S.A. (1952, )

on Jun 3, 2013 From The Stop Button

Deadline – U.S.A. is about half a great movie. Director Brooks fills the film with a superb supporting cast of character actors–Paul Stewart, Audrey Christie and Jim Backus are the standouts–and lets them share the runtime with lead Humphrey Bogart. It’s a newspaper dramaR... Read full article


Battle Circus (, 1953)

By Judy on Mar 8, 2013 From Movie Classics

Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson Nearly two decades before M.A.S.H., the Korean War romantic drama Battle Circus, starring Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson as a surgeon and nurse, covered much of the same territory. Indeed, the opening shots of a helicopter hovering above a landscape of tents looks ... Read full article


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Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 167-172. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

Daughter, with Jean Simmons, is Kate Brooks.

Directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Lee J. Cobb, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Ed Begley, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Jean Simmons and Tuesday Weld. Lancaster, Jones, and Begley won Oscars for their performances in one of Brooks' movies.

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