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Mel Brooks

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Brooks attending a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 23, 2010

Melvin James "Mel" Brooks (né Kaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Melvin James Kaminsky
  • Born: June 28, 1926 (age 89) Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
  • Medium: Film, television, musical theatre
  • Years active: 1949–present
  • Genres: Farce, parody, musical comedy, satire, sketch comedy
  • Spouse: Florence Baum (m. 1953; div. 1962) Anne Bancroft (m. 1964; died 2005)
  • Children: 4; including Max
  • Notable works and roles: Get Smart The Producers Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein History of the World, Part I Spaceballs

Read more about Mel Brooks at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

‘We Feel a Kinship With the Creature’
NY Times Movies, 2018-10-25 08:07:41
How and why has that hunk of inhumanity been reanimated so often? Mel Brooks, Kenneth Branagh and others put the pieces together.

Beyond the joke: Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner on 'Sid Caesar: The Works' and the start of modern comedy
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-09-05 10:35:00
Mel Brooks was on the phone, remembering Sid Caesar, his friend and one-time employer. "I begged him. I said, 'This TV, it's paper — time will take it away.' But the Marx Bros., they're still around. Hope and Crosby, the 'Road Pictures.' Let's make movies!' And that was 1951, maybe ...

Gary Beach, Who Won a Tony in 'The Producers,' Dies at 70
Billboard, 2018-07-18 22:20:48
Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’ monster hit The Producers won him a...

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