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Albert Brooks stars opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn's action drama "Drive," which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Palme D'Or and won the award for Best Director. He also recently played the recurring role of Lenny Botwin in Showtime's comedy "Weeds."

Albert Brooks is among the most inventive practitioners of motion picture comedy, as well as one of its most incisive commentators on contemporary life. Brooks began his career as a stand-up comic, and went on to become an award-winning actor, writer and filmmaker.

Brooks has written, directed and starred in the feature films: "Real Life," "Modern Romance," "Lost In America," "Defending Your Life," "Mother," "The Muse" and "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World."

Brooks made his acting debut in Martin Scorsese's classic, "Taxi Driver." His other acting credits include such films as "Private Benjamin," "Unfaithfully Yours," "I'll Do Anything," "Critical Care," "Out of Sight" and "My First Mister." He earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in "Broadcast News." "Finding Nemo," which he starred in, received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and has become one of the highest grossing animated films ever made.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brooks studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University before starting his performing career in 1968 doing stand-up comedy on network television. He began on "The Steve Allen Show," later became a regular on "The Dean Martin Show," and performed on such variety programs as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Merv Griffin Show," "The Hollywood Palace" and had over forty appearances on "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson.

Brooks has recorded two comedy albums: "Comedy Minus One" and "A Star is Bought," the latter earning him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Recording. His first directorial effort was in 1972 for the PBS series "The Great American Dream Machine." He adapted an article he had written for Esquire Magazine, "Albert Brooks' Famous School for Comedians" into a short film. Following this, he created six short films for the debut season of "Saturday Night Live."

Brooks has been honored by the American Film Institute with a retrospective of his work at the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado.

His first novel, "2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America," was released in May of 2011 by St. Martins Press and became an instant New York Times Bestseller.




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ALBERT BROOKS: FACTS

How tall is Albert Brooks? How old is Albert Brooks? Find out here.

Age: 69 years old
Birthday: July 22, 1947
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: Albert Lawrence Einstein
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, CA
Wife: Kimberly Shlain (3/15/1997, 2 children)





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