Albert Lawrence Einstein, credited professionally as Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California) 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 contributed several short films that ran as part of the very first episodes of Saturday Night Live in 1975-76. He's also well-known for several one-shot roles on The Simpsons, usually credited as "A. Brooks". He played Hank Scorpio in the critically-acclaimed episode "You Only Move Twice", and Big Bad Russ Cargill 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:
- Creator Provincialism: He was born and raised in Los Angeles and his works are often set there.
- 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), America's Moral Myopia (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World), and everything else (The Simpsons).
- Eagleland: In any of his movies, America will always be Flavor 2.
- Stage Name: His real name is Albert Einstein. This probably marks one of the few times someone has changed their name to something less notable.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten noticeably raspier over the years. It can be a little jarring to see him in Taxi Driver where his voice is rather nasally and compare it to something like Defending Your Life where it had gotten considerably deeper.
- What Could Have Been: He was offered the role of Manny in the first Ice Age.