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Biography

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

When We Laugh at Nazis, Maybe the Joke’s on Us
NY Times Movies, 2019-10-16 14:00:06
More than a half-century after Mel Brooks made “The Producers,” mocking Hitler isn’t what it used to be.

'Toy Story 4' exclusive: Check out the four comedy legends joining Woody, Buzz and the gang
USA Today Movies, 2019-06-03 16:01:03
'Toy Story 4' brings back Woody and the gang but also introduces Betty White, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Carol Burnett as a quartet of baby toys.         

Carl Reiner: Why Van Dyke is the best, Trump the worst and Mel Brooks is a savvy movie critic
USA Today TV, 2019-05-01 13:08:06
With classic "Dick Van Dyke Show" reruns returning to MeTV, creator Carl Reiner talks about the show's relevance and his impressive Hollywood career.         

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