Mel Brooks

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Melvin James Brooks (né Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, songwriter, and playwright. With a career spanning over seven decades, he is known as a writer and director of a variety of successful broad farces and parodies. A recipient of numerous accolades, he is one of 18 entertainers to win the EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2010, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2013, a British Film Institute Fellowship in 2015, a National Medal of Arts in 2016, a BAFTA Fellowship in 2017, and the Honorary Academy Award in 2023.

Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for Sid Caesar's variety show Your Show of Shows from 1950 to 1954. With Carl Reiner, he created the comedy sketch The 2000 Year Old Man, and together, they released several comedy albums, starting with 2000 Year Old Man in 1960. With Buck Henry he created the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which starred Don Adams and ran from 1965 to 1970.

Brooks rose to prominence becoming one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s. His films include The Producers (1967), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), Spaceballs (1987), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007 and was itself remade into a musical film in 2005. He wrote and produced the Hulu series History of the World, Part II (2023).

Brooks was married to actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. Their son Max Brooks is an actor and author, known for his novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006). In 2021, Mel Brooks published a memoir titled All About Me! Three of his films are included on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of the past 100 years (1900–2000), all of which were ranked in the top 15: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.

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2012The Incredible Mel BrooksMel Brooks1
2000 and Six Month ManCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks1

Spokenword + Live

1962Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks at the Cannes Film FestivalCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks2

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

2009The 2000 Year Old Man - The Complete HistoryCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks1

Album + Soundtrack

1968The Producers: The Original Soundtrack RecordingMel Brooks2
2001The Producers (2001 original Broadway cast)Mel Brooks3
2005The Producers (2005 film cast)Mel Brooks31
2007Young Frankenstein: Original Broadway Cast RecordingMel Brooks1
2008The Producers (2008 original Vienna cast)Mel Brooks1

Album + Spokenword

19602000 Years With…Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks4
19612000 and One Years with Carl Reiner & Mel BrooksCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks3
19732000 and ThirteenCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks2


1982It’s Good to Be the King RapMel Brooks1
1983To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler Rap), Parts 1 & 2Mel Brooks42
1989It’s Good to Be the King RapMel Brooks1
2001I Really Love You / It’s Good to Be the KingHeaven and Earth / Mel Brooks2

Other + Spokenword

1994The Complete 2000 Year Old ManCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks1
1997The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks1

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