Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947.
As of June 18, 2021, he is 73 years old.
Brooks was born Albert Lawrence Einstein in Beverly Hills, California, to Thelma Leeds and Harry Einstein, both entertainers.
The bug bit Brooks early on, and he dropped out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh after one years to pursue a career as a comedian. That effort gained a huge boost when he started appearing as a standup act on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s.
By the end of the decade, Brooks had released a couple of comedy albums, directed several comedy shorts for Saturday Night Live, directed his first feature film (Real Life), and even landed a role on screen in Private Benjamin.
Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, Brooks directed and even starred in several silver-screen comedies that left him with a reputation as one of the best in the business. As he aged, he began branching out into dramas and television work, including a run as Nancy Botwin’s father-in-law on Weeds.
Brooks has also lent his voice to such animated hits as Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets.
For his work in 1987’s Broadcast News, Brooks merited an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
In all, Brooks has appeared in more than 30 feature films and seven television series, and he has more than a dozen writing and directing credits to his name.
In 2019, Brooks recorded the audiobook version of Rattletrap Car, a children’s book by Phyllis Root.
As of 2021, Brooks’ most recent work included a voice appearance as “Yokel Hero” on The Simpsons, an association that spans eight episodes and all the way back to 1990, encompassing a handful of different characters.