Martin Brest

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Martin Brest
Born (1951-08-08) August 8, 1951 (age 65)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Education Stuyvesant High School
Alma mater New York University
AFI Conservatory
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Notable work Midnight Run
Hot Dogs for Gauguin
Beverly Hills Cop
Scent of a Woman

Martin Brest (born August 8, 1951) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.


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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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".[4]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Actor Other Notes
1972 Hot Dogs for Gauguin Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Short film
Role: Man on Ferry
1977 Hot Tomorrows Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
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


  1. ^ Archived copy at WebCite (June 23, 2007).
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  3. ^ "Martin Brest". Universal Studios. 2001. Retrieved 2006-01-21. 
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