Mel Brooks

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
A certifiable legend - with an emphasis on the "certifiable" - in the entertainment industry, Mel Brooks was an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-winning creator and performer of some of the biggest comedy hits on ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1926 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 (Movie)

Vlad (Voice)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Comedians 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Albert Einstein (Voice)

Mel Brooks Strikes Back! 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Reiser Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 1966 - 1967, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mad About You 1966 - 1967, 1996 - 1999, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks 2003 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

The Dick Cavett Show: Mel Brooks 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Big Weld (Voice)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Hilda the Pigeon (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Artists and Entertainers 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon: The People's Playwright 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Screw Loose 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dreamers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Writers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Carl Reiner: Still Laughing 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

Professor Van Helsing (Actor)

The Simpsons 1995 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sid Caesar: Television's Comedy Genius 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

Mr Welling (Actor)

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Rabbi Tuckman (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

Goddard Bolt (Actor)

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

of Mr Toilet Man (Voice)

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

President Skroob (Actor)

Dom DeLuise and Friends 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset People 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Frederick Bronski (Actor)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Moses (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Professor Max Krassman (Actor)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Richard H Thorndyke (Actor)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Mel Funn (Actor)

Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2,000 Year Old Man 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Governor Lepetomane (Actor)

Free To Be...You And Me 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Voice

Putney Swope 1969 (Movie)

Mr Forget It (Actor)

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

Tikon (Actor)

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen (TV Show)

Himself
Writer (24)

Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control 2014 (Movie)

(original characters) (Source Material)

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Creator

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nude Bomb 1979 (Movie)

("Get Smart") (Characters as Source Material)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Your Show of Shows 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Screen Story (Story By)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

Shinbone Alley 1970 (Movie)

("Shinbone Alley") (Book as Source Material)

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sid Caesar Special 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Your Show of Shows 1949 - 1954 (TV Show)

Writer
Music (16)

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Song

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Lyrics

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

(Lyrics)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

lyrics("Men in Tights" "Marian" "Sherwood Forest Rap") (Theme Lyrics)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

("Men in Tights") (Music)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

("Spaceballs") (Song)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

("A Little Peace" "Ladies" "Sweet Georgia Brown") (Song Performer)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

songs("A Little Peace" "Ladies") (Song)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

("The Inquisition") (Song Performer)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

("The Inquisition" "Jews in Space") (Song)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

("High Anxiety") (Song Performer)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

(Song)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

songs("I'm Tired") (Song)

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

("We're Prisoners of Love") (Music)

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

("We're Prisoners of Love") (Lyrics)
Producer (16)

Spaceballs: The Animated Series 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Vagrant 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nutt House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

84 Charing Cross Road 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

When Things Were Rotten 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (12)

The Critic 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

A certifiable legend - with an emphasis on the "certifiable" - in the entertainment industry, Mel Brooks was an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-winning creator and performer of some of the biggest comedy hits on television, in film, and on Broadway. He got his start penning gags for Sid Caesar on the legendary "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) before developing his own series, "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970). He soon graduated to directing films and turned out a string of uproarious and bawdy parodies of Hollywood genres, including "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), and "High Anxiety" (1977) - all considered classics by anyone's standards. His first theatrical feature, "The Producers" (1968), later served as the basis for a hit Broadway musical, which earned Brooks and his cast and crew a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001. With the success of the big screen adaptation of "Get Smart" (2008), more than 40 years after the premiere of the original series, it was clear that the mad mind of Mel Brooks still packed a timeless comedic punch.

Relationships

Anne Bancroft Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 5, 1964 until her death June 6, 2005 Acted together in "To Be or Not to Be" (1983)

Florence Baum

Wife
Married 1951 Divorced 1961

Max Brooks Actor

Son
Born May 22, 1972; mother, Anne Bancroft

Stefanie Brooks

Daughter
Born Feb. 21, 1956; mother, Florence Baum

Edward Brooks

Son
Born May 24, 1959; mother, Florence Baum

Nicholas Brooks

Son
Born Dec. 12, 1957; mother, Florence Baum

Maximilian Kaminsky

Father
Died when Brooks was two and a half

EDUCATION

Eastern District High School

Brooklyn , New York 1944

Milestones

2012

Announced as recipient of AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

2008

Credited for creating characters in the feature remake of "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99

2007

Adapted his 1974 film "Young Frankenstein" into a Broadway musical

2007

Adapted his 1987 sci-fi spoof "Spaceballs" into "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" (G4 TV); wrote, directed and voiced two characters, President Skroob and Yogurt

2005

Once again brought "The Producers" back to the big screen, originally a 1968 movie, which was adapted into a Tony award winning stage musical, starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane; film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and a Grammy

2005

Voiced master inventor Bigweld in the animated feature "Robots"

2000

Adapted his Oscar-winning screenplay "The Producers" for the stage; earned critical kudos and a record 15 Tony Award nominations

1999

With Reiner won Grammy for Spoken Comedy Album for the recording of The 2000 Year Old Man in 2000

1997

With Carl Reiner, wrote the book The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000

1996

Played recurring role of Paul's Uncle Phil on the hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You"; won three Emmy Awards for appearances

1995

Featured as vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"; also directed, wrote and produced

1995

Played himself on an episode of the Fox animated series "The Simpsons"

1994

Played Mr. Welling in the big-screen version of "The Little Rascals"

1993

Made rare TV sitcom appearance on NBC's "Frasier"

1993

Featured as Rabbi Tuckman in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"; also directed, produced and co-wrote

1992

Executive produced the misfire "The Vagrant"

1991

Starred in, directed, and wrote the unpopular comedy "Life Stinks"

1989

Served as uncredited executive producer on "The Fly II"

1987

Played President Skroob and Yogurt in the "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs"; also co-wrote, directed, and produced

1986

Served as executive producer on a successful remake of the 1958 sci-fi flick "The Fly" and the less-than-stellar fantasy "Solarbabies"

1982

Served as uncredited executive producer on the Frances Farmer biopic "Frances"

1982

Executive produced the film "My Favorite Year," loosely inspired by the behind-the-scenes action at "Your Show of Shows"

1981

Played various roles, including Moses and King Louis XVI in "History of the World, Part I"; also directed, wrote, and produced

1980

Served as uncredited executive producer of "The Elephant Man," a heart-wrenching drama about a man with physical deformities; film was nominated for Best Picture Academy Award

1979

Formed production company Brooksfilms Ltd.

1979

Made a cameo in "The Muppet Movie"

1977

First film as producer, "High Anxiety"; also acted in and directed

1974

Played Governor Lepetomane and Indian Chief in the Western movie parody "Blazing Saddles"; also co-wrote and directed

1974

Wrote and directed the horror movie spoof "Young Frankenstein"; earned Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1969

Wrote, directed and starred in the comedy "The Twelve Chairs"

1968

First film as director and screenwriter, "The Producers"; also composed song "Springtime for Hitler"; won Academy Award for Best Originaly Screenplay

1967

Won Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in a Variety Comedy for "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special" (CBS)

1965

With Buck Henry, created the Emmy Award-winning "Get Smart" (NBC, CBS)

1963

Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance for At the Cannes Film Festival

1963

Created and narrated first film, the cartoon "The Critic"; won Academy Award for Best Short Subject

1962

Wrote the book for the Broadway musical "All-American"

1961

Nominated for Best Comedy Performance Grammy for 2,000 and One Years

1960

Earned a Grammy nomination with Carl Reiner for Best Spoken Word Comedy for 2,000 Years

1957

Co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical "Shinbone Alley"

1954

Made film writing debut with "New Faces" (sketches)

1949

Worked as sketch writer for Sid Caesar, collaborating on television shows Like "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-1954)

Worked variously as jazz drummer, stand-up comedian, handyman and social director for a Catskills resort after World War II

Bonus Trivia

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With his 2001 Tony wins for the book and score for "The Producers," Brooks joined the elite club of Helen Hayes, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, and Marvin Hamlisch as one of the few individuals to earn all four of the major entertainment prizes (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) in competition. Later that year, Mike Nichols joined the group when he earned an Emmy for "Wit."

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"Doesn't matter how old I get or how many problems I've solved. I still find myself scratching my head and thinking, Sh*t, how am I going get outta this one?" – Brooks to Esquire, January 2008

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Brooks, along with David Lynch, received an honorary degree from the American Film Institute on June 13, 2012.

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