Albert Lawrence Brooks (born July 22, 1947) is an American comedian, actor, writer and director who's been active since the late 1960s. Most people from the older generation will know him best for his appearances in Taxi Driver and Broadcast News. The new generation knows him as the voice of Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, and as Bernie in Drive.He's also well-known for several one-shot roles on The Simpsons, including Hank Scorpio in the critically-acclaimed episode "You Only Move Twice", and the Big Bad in The Simpsons Movie.His films as a writer and director include:
- Real Life (1979)
- Modern Romance (1981)
- Lost in America (1985)
- Defending Your Life (1991)
- Mother (1996)
- The Muse (1999)
- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
Provides examples of:
- Cool Old Guy
- Counterpart Comparison: He's often been compared to Woody Allen and, due to being from Los Angeles instead of New York City, has been dubbed the "West Coast Woody Allen".
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much any character he plays is this.
- Deconstructive Parody: He's made fun of the Reality Show genre (Real Life), the Romantic Comedy (Modern Romance), the road trip movie (Lost in America), the family movie (Mother), and America's Moral Myopia (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World).
- Eagleland: In any of his movies, America will always be Flavor 2.
- Rule of Sean Connery: No matter what the movie, he automatically steals it simply through his presence.
- Stage Name: His real name is Albert Einstein. Seriously. This probably marks one of the few times someone has changed their name to something less notable.