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A producer, screenwriter, director, and occasional actor whose works are usually critical hits.

Friends and frequent collaborators with music composer HansZimmer.

Has his own production company.

Won UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for picture, director and screenplay for ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'', and was also nominated for producing ''Film/BroadcastNews'', ''Film/JerryMaguire'', and ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'' and for writing ''Broadcast News'' and ''As Good as It Gets''. He is one of only seven directors to win for writing, directing and producing a film.[[note]]The others are Leo [=McCarey=] (''Going My Way''), Creator/BillyWilder (''Film/TheApartment''), Creator/FrancisFordCoppola (''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]''), Creator/PeterJackson (''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'') and Creator/TheCoenBrothers (''NoCountryForOldMen'').[[/note]] Outside of his films, Brooks is also known as one of the executive producers and original creators of the long-running FOX animated sitcom ''TheSimpsons'' (joining MattGroening[[note]]who created the characters and did write a few episodes in its early days, mostly the season one episodes and season three's "Colonel Homer"[[/note]] and the late Sam Simon).
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Brooks' production company, established in 1984 and named for comedienne Gracie Allen.

The VanityPlate takes place in a cinema room where a lady shushes noisy attendees as the lights dim, and the words "GRACIE FILMS" appear on screen while accompanied by a [[EarWorm catchy]], jazzy, jingle composed by Jeffrey Townsend. On ''TheSimpsons'' Halloween episodes ("Treehouse of Horror"), the lady's "Shh!" is changed to a scream while the catchy, jazzy jingle is replaced with creepy organ music.

Some people have said that the jingle was inspired by the chorus of the Go West! song "The King of Wishful Thinking," [[OlderThanTheyThink but the logo and jingle actually predate the song by a couple of years]].
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!! Notable works with the involvement of Brooks and or Gracie Films...or just Brooks:
!!! {{Film}}
* ''Starting Over'' (1979)
* ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'' (1983) Best Picture winner
* ''Film/BroadcastNews'' (1987) Best Picture nominee
* ''Film/{{Big}}'' (1988)
* ''Film/TheWarOfTheRoses'' (1989)
* ''I'll Do Anything'' (1994)
* ''Film/JerryMaguire'' (1996) Best Picture nominee
* ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'' (1997) Best Picture nominee
* ''Film/{{Spanglish}}'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' (2007)
* ''How Do You Know'' (2010)

!!! {{UsefulNotes/Television}} {{Series}}
* ''Series/{{Room 222}}'' (196974)
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' (197077)
* ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (197478)
* ''Series/LouGrant'' (197782)
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' (197883)
* ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' (198790)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (1989 )
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' (199495)
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