Mel Brooks

  • Born: June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Notable Works:

    • The Producers (1968)
    • Blazing Saddles (1974)
    • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Academy Award Nominations:
    • 1969 Best Original Screenplay for The Producers (won)
    • 1975 Best Adapted Screenplay for Young Frankenstein
    • 1975 Best Original Song for Blazing Saddles
  • Personal Favorite: The Producers (1968)

One of the greatest American comedy filmmakers, Brooks’ impressive credits include: actor, comedian, director, writer, producer, songwriter, war veteran, Oscar winner, Emmy winner, Grammy winner, and Tony winner. He got his start in show business working at nightclubs as a drummer and pianist. He then proceeded to find success in stand-up comedy, summer stock, and radio. In 1950, Brooks was hired to write on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, along with Carl Reiner and Neil Simon. Brooks quickly began a comedy partnership with Reiner that is still alive today and later teamed up with Buck Henry to create the television series Get Smart. 1968 saw his directional debut with The Producers, a controversial satire film that he had wanted to make for years. Over the next couple decades, he would direct The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

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