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August 8, 1951 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Education||Stuyvesant High School|
|Alma mater||New York University
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
|Notable work||Midnight Run
Hot Dogs for Gauguin
Beverly Hills Cop
Scent of a Woman
Brest was born in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1969, from New York University's School of the Arts in 1973 and from the AFI Conservatory with an M.F.A. degree in 1977.
His major studio debut was 1979's Going in Style, which starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, the first of several films to mix action and comedy to great effect. Brest was then hired to direct the film WarGames, but was fired during production.
Brest got his big break in 1984 with Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. The film grossed over $300 million and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Brest's next film was 1988's action-comedy Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, a critical and commercial success. The film earned Golden Globe nominations for both De Niro and the film itself.
His work on 1992's Scent of a Woman earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The film also won Golden Globes for Al Pacino and Bo Goldman, the screenwriter. In addition, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, for which Al Pacino took home the prize.
It was six years before Brest would return with Meet Joe Black, a remake of Death Takes a Holiday, starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. The film received mixed reviews and while it had a disappointing domestic box office return of $44,619,100, it fared much better overseas, taking in an additional $98,321,000 for a worldwide total of $142,940,100.
In 2003, Brest wrote and directed Gigli, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. After a protracted battle between Revolution Studios and the director, a radically revised and re-shot version of the original film was released. It became a notorious flop, with a scathing critical reception and disastrous box office performance. He has not directed another film since then.
In 2009, his New York University student film, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, was one of 25 films chosen by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to "be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures".
|1972||Hot Dogs for Gauguin||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Short film
Role: Man on Ferry
|1979||Going in Style||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|1980||Saturday Night Live||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||TV Series (1 episode)
Episode: Jamie Lee Curtis/James Brown/Ellen Shipley
|1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||Role: Dr. Miller|
|1984||Beverly Hills Cop||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||Role: Beverly Palms Hotel Checkout Clerk (uncredited)|
|1985||Spies Like Us||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||Role: Drive-In Security Guard|
|1988||Midnight Run||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Role: Airline Ticket Clerk (uncredited)|
|1992||Scent of a Woman||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
|1993||Josh and S.A.M.||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|1998||Meet Joe Black||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|2003||Gigli||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
|2007||Gone Baby Gone||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Special thanks|