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Birthday: June 28, 1926
Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5' 7"
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| Farce, satire, and parody come together with Vaudeville roots and manic energy to create the Mel Brooks style of comedy. Born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY, the writer/producer/director/actor was one of very few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked as a standup comic at resorts in the Catskills and started writing comedy. Along with Woody Allen, Neil Simon, and others, he wrote for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, which later became Caesar's Hour. Teaming up with fellow staff writer Carl Reiner, he developed the award-winning "2000 Year Old Man" comedy skit, which led to several recordings, television appearances, and a 1998 Grammy. He and writer Buck Henry also created the spy-parody TV series Get Smart (1965-1970) starring Don Adams. During this time, he produced theater, married actress Anne Bancroft, and made his first film: an Oscar-winning animated short parody of modern art called The Critic. He then put together a screenplay based upon his experiences working with Broadway executives that led to his feature-length debut The Producers. He cast stage legend Zero Mostel in the lead role and got B-movie producer Joseph Levine to put up the funds, but the movie didn't get distributed until Peter Sellers saw it and encouraged its release. Brooks ended up winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay and, in 2000, adapted the film into a highly successful Broadway musical. By 1970, after the release of his next film The Twelve Chairs, Hollywood thought his work was "too Jewish." In 1974, Brooks made the marketable move toward parodies with the Western spoof Blazing Saddles, winning him a Writer's Guild award and introducing his stock actors Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn. Finding his niche, he would continue to make parodies throughout his career by spoofing horror (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Hitchcock (High Anxiety), historical epics (History of the World — Part I), and science fiction (Spaceballs). Working simultaneously as writer, director, and lead actor, Brooks started to generate negative press about his excessive style. In 1983, appearing opposite Bancroft, he concentrated on just acting for the remake of the Ernst Lubitch classic To Be or Not to Be. He continued working with his production company Brooksfilms during the '80s as an executive producer on projects as varied as The Fly, The Elephant Man, Solarbabies, and 84 Charing Cross Road (starring Bancroft). His brief stray into non-parody films in 1991 (Life Stinks) was universally dismissed, so he returned to form with Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Other than the occasional cameo or random appearance as voice talent, Brooks spent the late '90s winning awards and playing Uncle Phil on the NBC series Mad About You. In 2001, the Broadway musical version of The Producers (starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick) led to a successful national tour and broke a new record by winning one Grammy and 12 Tony awards.
- Served as a corporal in the US army in North Africa during World War II.
- Part of his duties in WWII was defusing landmines in areas before the infantry moved in.
- His stage name is an adaptation of his mother's maiden name, Brookman.
- His film The Producers (1968) was the inspiration for the title of U2's album "Achtung Baby".
- He produced and wrote the music, lyrics, and book for the Broadway musical version of "The Producers" (2001).
- One of the few people to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. He won an Oscar for the screenplay of The Producers (1968); 3 Emmys in a row (1997-1999) for his guest appearance as Uncle Phil in "Mad About You" (1992); 3 Tonys for The Producers- Best Musical, Original Music Score and Book (musical); and 3 Grammys- Best Spoken Comedy Album for "The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000" (1998, with Carl Reiner) and two for The Producers (2001): Best Musical Show Album (as composer/lyricist) and Best Long Form Music Video (as artist).
- Son (with Anne Bancroft) Maximilian, b. 1972, is a screenwriter.
- Son Eddie manages a band called Early Edison.
- Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."
- Calls wife Anne Bancroft his "Obi-Wan Kenobi" since she encouraged him to turn his movie The Producers (1968) into a Broadway musical.
- Named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
- According to his 1975 Playboy interview, Mel's favorite candy is Raisinets.
- At the opening of the Brodway version of "The Producers", he was asked by a reporter if he was nervious about the play's reception, since it cost million to produce. Brooks joked, "If it flops, I'll take the other sixty million and fly to Rio." He didn't have to worry, since the play was both a critical and financial success.
- He and Anne Bancroft met on the set of a TV talk show, and Mel later paid a woman who worked on the show to tell him which restaurant Bancroft was going to eat at that night so he could "accidentally" bump into her again and strike up a conversation.
- He and Bancroft married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.
- Children from his first marriage: Stefanie, Nicky, and Eddie.
- In 1966 he was about to co-star in a movie called "Easy Come, Easy Go" with Jan Berry and Dean Torrence in the leading roles. What would have been his on-screen debut, was cancelled due to a car wreck during shooting, in which Berry suffered a severe brain damage and paralysis. On the casting list was also British comedy star Terry-Thomas.
- Won 3 Tonys in 2001 for "The Producers" - Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Musical Score.
- Son, Max Brooks, with Anne Bancroft, born 1972.
- Performed a rap song for the soundtrack of History of the World: Part I (1981) called "It's Good To Be The King". It was a surprisingly successful hip-hop/dance hit in 1981. He followed it up with "Hitler Rap" for To Be or Not to Be (1983). The song was not as successful. But the lyric "Don't be stupid, be a smarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" was originally used in the original movie version of The Producers (1968), then later reused in Brooks' Broadway version of "The Producers".
- The 1944 edition of the Eastern District High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) yearbook featured the future Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky) stating that his goal was to become President of the United States; forty-three years later, in 1987, his ambition was to be fulfilled, if only in fiction and in part - in the movie Spaceballs (1987), he portrayed Spaceball leader "President Skroob".
- His favorite song is "Yankee Doodle Dandy" by George M. Cohan.
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 63-66. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 162-167. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
- He is a close friend of Italian TV star Ezio Greggio, whose cinema movies he inspired. Brooks is often a guest in Greggio's shows, and he offered him a small part in his Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), due to this friendship.
- In 2001, won three Tony Awards for "The Producers": as a co-producer of the Best Musical winner; as Best Book (Musical), with collaborator Thomas Meehan; and as Best Original Musical Score, both lyrics and music.
- Grandson Henry Michael Brooks (Max's son) born April 2005.
- In the original film version of The Producers (1968), Brooks' voice can be heard singing the line "Don't be stupid/Be a schmarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" during the "Springtime for Hitler" number. For the Broadway musical version, he repeats this task, with the live actor lip-synching to a recording of Brooks.
- Has cited his favorite films as "The Bicycle Thief" (1948) and "Grand Illusion" (1937).
- Though Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are often cited as his best and most popular films as a director, his biggest video sales are Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men In Tights (which has yet to be released on DVD in the US).
- Is an avid fan of Russian literature, occasionally making references to works and writers in his films.
- His running "walk this way" gag is also the inspiration for the song "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith.
- Would much rather write than direct.
- He, Anne Bancroft and their son Max Brooks all won Emmys.
- Has directed two performers to Oscar-nominations: Gene Wilder (for The Producers) and Madeline Kahn (for Blazing Saddles).
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