Richard Brooks

1912 - 1992

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Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Academy Awards in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Brooks has received more than 934,236 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Richard Brooks is the 423rd most popular film director (down from 292nd in 2019), the 2,703rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,950th in 2019) and the 110th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Richard Brooks ranks 423 out of 2,041Before him are Aleksandar Petrović, Merian C. Cooper, Claude Zidi, Bong Joon-ho, Lo Wei, and Édouard Molinaro. After him are Michael Anderson, Taylor Hackford, Jean Eustache, Chuck Lorre, Ladislao Vajda, and Oskar Fischinger.

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Among people born in 1912, Richard Brooks ranks 121Before him are Aymoré Moreira, Martin Schwarzschild, Nancy Wake, David Packard, Joachim Schepke, and Maria Montez. After him are Marta Eggerth, Thorbjørn Egner, Võ Chí Công, Folco Lulli, Gil Evans, and Kathleen Ferrier. Among people deceased in 1992, Richard Brooks ranks 85Before him are Rafael Orozco Maestre, Camarón de la Isla, Heinrich Eberbach, Dick York, Ajahn Chah, and Muhammad Asad. After him are Jean Dieudonné, Audre Lorde, Wang Hongwen, Arpad Elo, Josy Barthel, and Fritz Leiber.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard Brooks ranks 2,703 out of 20,380Before him are Richard Holbrooke (1941), Peter Boyle (1935), William Heard Kilpatrick (1871), Jason Newsted (1963), Sylvia Sidney (1910), and James Taylor (1948). After him are Annie Oakley (1860), Taylor Hackford (1944), Mickey Cohen (1913), Elgin Baylor (1934), Maurice White (1941), and William Joyce (1906).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Richard Brooks ranks 110Before him are John McTiernan (1951), Gene Deitch (1924), James L. Brooks (1940), Russ Meyer (1922), J. J. Abrams (1966), and Merian C. Cooper (1893). After him are Taylor Hackford (1944), Chuck Lorre (1952), Walter Lantz (1899), Delmer Daves (1904), Don Bluth (1937), and William A. Wellman (1896).