Dean Brooks at 94

Sunday we went to Dean Brooks’ 94th birthday party out at Pentacle theater

Dean Brooks was the director of the Oregon State Hospital in the 1970’s and allowed the State Hospital to be the site for filming the milestone movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest.”  Brooks even played a part in the film…that role of Dr. Spivey, a staff psychiatrist.  The movie came out in 1975 earning Oscars for Jack Nicholson and four others.

Playing this month at Pentacle Theater is the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Sunday was a benefit performance in aid of the new Oregon State Hospital Museum, opening in Salem in May, 2012.

After cake and singing we retired to the theater and at this point they get kind of funny about photographs:

The play was excellent and I could see why Dean Brooks allowed it to happen…the “patients” became “people” to us in short order.

After the play Dean Brooks came on stage with the cast for a photo op

and in a quiet moment with David Ballantyne (who played McMurphy…the Nicholson role) and Tonya Morgan (who played Nurse Ratched…the Louise Flecther role) Dean Brooks leaned forwad and said to Tonya

“I really hated you…”


  1. I have never been able to see this movie a second time. So many of the cast hung out in the library while they were in town (not the main actors, but many of the secondaries), plus Dean Brooks and Dr. Pati were both library users and in the movie. It was just all too real to me! Haven’t ever watched Easy Rider a second time either – was too upset by the ending.

  2. I am pleased to see some very nice pictures of Dean, a man with a dedication to all walks of life and a warm compassion for all of humanity.

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