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'''Richard Brooks''' (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight [[Academy Awards|Oscars]] in his career, he was best known for ''[[Blackboard Jungle]]'' (1955), ''[[Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 film)|Cat on a Hot Tin Roof]]'' (1958), ''[[Elmer Gantry (film)|Elmer Gantry]]'' (1960; for which he won the [[Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay]]), ''[[In Cold Blood (film)|In Cold Blood]]'' (1967) and ''[[Looking for Mr. Goodbar (film)|Looking for Mr. Goodbar]]'' (1977).
==Early life and career==