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Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
Brooks in 1986
Birthday/Birthplace Reuben Sax
May 18, 1912
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Deceased March 11, 1992(1992-03-11)
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Wife/Husband Jean Brooks
(m. 1941; div. 1944)
Harriette Levin
(m. 1946; div. 1957)
Jean Simmons
(m. 1960; div. 1980)
Kid(s) 1

Ruben Sax , better known by the nickname of Richard Brooks (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, May 18, 1912 – Beverly Hills, California, United States, March 11, 1992), was an American director, screenwriter, producer and writer.

Richard_Brooks’s Biography

First years

After graduating from Temple University, Brooks worked as a radio journalist. In the 1940s he began his career in Hollywood writing screenplays for films such as White Savage (Arthur Lubin, 1943); The Queen of Cobra (Robert Siodmak, 1944); Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947); or Cayo Largo (John Huston, 1948).

In 1950 and thanks to the impulse given by actor Cary Grant, willing despite his prestige to collaborate with a new director, Richard Brooks made his directorial debut with the film Crisis, a drama produced by Arthur Freed that Grant starred alongside José Ferrer. In this film Brooks also collaborated with Cedric Gibbons, famous artistic director with whom he would coincide on several occasions during the following years.

Throughout that decade Brooks, who had fought in the Marines in the Marines, was establishing his status as director of actors, especially thanks to the success of Seed of evil (1955), a tense drama starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier, interpreter who would achieve fame thanks to this film. Previously Richard Brooks, Oscar candidate for best screenplay for this film, had directed titles such as The Miracle of the Picture (1952), with Stewart Granger, Deadline – U.S.A. (1952), film with journalistic atmosphere with the protagonism of Humphrey Bogart, or The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), melodrama based on a story by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, which was starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson.

Other notable films of that era are the western The Last Hunt (1956), with Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger and Debra Paget; the drama The Catered Affair (1956), with Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine; o Blood on Earth (1957), starring Rock Hudson and Dana Wynter.

Film adaptations

Brooks always tended to shoot adaptations of great literary weight, generally making satisfactory film versions. Thus, in 1958 he brought to the screen The brothers Karamazov of Fiódor Dostoyevski, with Yul Brynner as the main protagonist; in 1960 he adapted the novel Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis in the film The Fire and the Word, performed by Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones and Jean Simmons; directed Lord Jim (1965) on the homonymous novel by Joseph Conrad, with Peter O’Toole; and put in images In Cold Blood (1967), excellent docudrama based on the homonymous novel by Truman Capote.

One of his favorite authors was the playwright Tennessee Williams, from whom he adapted The Cat on the Roof of Zinc (1958), with Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives, and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), film in the which again collaborated with Newman.

Brooks also brought to the screen novels by lesser-known authors, such as Frank O’Rourke, in the western The Professionals (1966), one of the best titles of the genre shot in the 60s. His latest film in this decade it was With the Eyes Closed (1969), a drama written by the director who was starring Jean Simmons, ex-wife of Stewart Granger and who had become a woman of Richard Brooks in the year 1960. In 1977 the couple He would end up divorcing.

Last years

Since 1970, his production has dwindled in quantity, shooting the interesting western Bite the Bullet (1975), a film starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen and James Coburn. Other titles of his last stage were Dollars (1971), comedy with Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn; Searching for Mr. Goodbar (1977), a drama starring Diane Keaton; Deadly Objective (1981), satire starring Sean Connery, and his latest film, Fever Pitch (1985), a melodrama with Ryan O’Neal as the main star.

On March 11, 1992, Richard Brooks died of heart problems in Beverly Hills, California.

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