Albert Brooks (July 22, 1947-) is a comedian, actor, writer and director who's been active since the late 1960s. Most people from the older generation know him from Broadcast News. The new generation knows him as the voice of Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo and as Bernie in Drive.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:
- Career Resurrection: He's still a comedy legend, but Finding Nemo and Drive reintroduced him to a whole new audience.
- Cool Old Guy
- 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.
- Playing Against Type: Playing Bernie in Drive. He even provides the page quote.
- 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.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: He's been doing more dramatic work as of late, despite being regarded as one of the funniest people alive.