Knowledge Identifier: +Mel_Brooks
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1926.
Countries: United States (62%), United Kingdom (13%), (10%)
Linked to: American Film Institute, Virginia Military Institute, United States Army, Abraham Lincoln High School
The song - satirizing German society in the 1940s with Brooks playing Hitler - was an unlikely hit, peaking at 12 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1984 and 3 on the Australian Singles Chart that same year.
In 1949 his friend Sid Caesar hired Brooks to write jokes for the NBC series The Admiral Broadway Revue, paying him $50 a week.
Brooks was married to Florence Baum from 1953 to 1962.
Kenneth Tynan saw the comedy duo perform at a party in 1959 and wrote that Brooks "was the most original comic improvisor I had ever seen.
Don Adams - Creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, prompted by producers Dan Melnick and David Susskind, wrote "Get Smart" as the comedic answer to the successful 1960s spy television dramas such as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "The Avengers", "I Spy" and others
Charles Strouse - Strouse's next show, "All American", with a book by Mel Brooks and lyrics by Adams, came in 1962; it was not a success but it produced the standard Once Upon a Time
In 1963 Brooks was involved in the animated short film The Critic, a satire of arty, esoteric cinema, conceived by Brooks and directed by Ernest Pintoff.
In 1965, Brooks teamed up with comedy writer Buck Henry to create a comedic TV show about a bumbling James Bond inspired spy.
Christopher Hewett - He appeared as the grand theatre director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's 1968 film comedy "The Producers"
The Producers (1968 film) - "'The Producers"' is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy cult classic film written and directed by Mel Brooks
With the moderate financial success of The Producers, Glazier financed Brooks' next film in 1970, The Twelve Chairs.
Robyn Hilton - Hilton was active in the 1970s and 1980s following her debut supporting role as Miss Stein, the secretary to Governor William J. Le Petomane, in Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy film "Blazing Saddles"
In 1972 Brooks met agent David Begelman, who helped him set up a deal with Warner Brothers to hire Brooks (as well as Richard Pryor, Andrew Bergman, Norman Steinberg and Al Uger) as a script doctor for an unproduced script called Tex-X. Eventually Brooks got hired on as director for what would become Blazing Saddles, his third film.
Liam Dunn - Dunn's breakout role was as the judge in the 1972 film "What's Up, Doc-", in which he was noticed by Mel Brooks, who was in the process of forming a stock company of actors
John Alvin - Alvin's first official movie art campaign was for the poster for "Blazing Saddles", directed by Mel Brooks, in 1974
Peter Boyle - Boyle had another hit role as Frankenstein's monster in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy "Young Frankenstein", in which, in an homage to "King Kong", the monster is placed onstage in top hat and tails, grunt-singing and dancing to the song "Puttin' on the Ritz"
Frankie Laine - His rendition of the title song for Mel Brooks's 1974 hit movie "Blazing Saddles" won an Oscar nomination for Best Song, and on television, Laine's featured recording of "Rawhide" for the series of the same name became a popular theme song
Cleavon Little - Little was widely known for his lead role as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy "Blazing Saddles"
Le Petomane - Other references to Le Pétomane include Mel Brooks's 1974 film "Blazing Saddles"; Kevin Gilbert's "The Shaming of the True"; the 1984 college romp film "Up the Creek", directed by Robert Butler, in which the four protagonists represent "Lepetomane University" in an inter-collegiate river raft race; Kinky Friedman's 1999 novel "Spanking Watson"; and John Hodgman's book "The Areas of My Expertise"
Rodney Allen Rippy - Rodney made his big screen debut in the Mel Brooks comedy "Blazing Saddles" in 1974
In 1975, at the height of his movie career, Brooks tried TV again with When Things Were Rotten, a Robin Hood parody that lasted only 13 episodes.
Pat Proft - Proft would work as a screenwriter on the situation comedy show "When Things Were Rotten" developed by Mel Brooks and screened between September and December 1975
In 1977 Brooks made a parody of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, High Anxiety.
By 1980, Siskel and Ebert called Brooks and Woody Allen "the two most successful comedy directors in the world today .
Richard Pryor - Before his infamous 1980 freebasing accident, Pryor was about to start filming Mel Brooks' "History of the World, Part I", but was replaced at the last minute by Gregory Hines
Pete Wingfield - In the 1980s, Wingfield teamed up with the film producer Mel Brooks, and co-wrote the songs "It's Good To Be the King" and "To Be or Not to Be "
The Last Supper (Leonardo da Vinci) - In Mel Brooks' 1981 comedy film "History of the World, Part I", Brooks plays a waiter who enters a private room where the Last Supper is taking place, eventually being painted into the picture standing behind Jesus holding a serving plate behind Jesus' head to mimic a halo
History of the World, Part I - "'History of the World, Part I"' is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks
In 1983 Brooks produced and starred in a remake of the classic 1942 Ernst Lubitsch film.
Daphne Zuniga - She was a lead in the 1987 Mel Brooks film "Spaceballs", the 1988 film "Last Rites", the 1989 films "Gross Anatomy" , "The Fly II" , and "Staying Together"
Jim J. Bullock - Some of his other noteworthy roles include the pilled-up narcoleptic Prince Valium in the 1987 Mel Brooks movie "Spaceballs" and the "Not-Quite-Out-of-the-Closet" character in the date montage at the beginning of 2001's "Kissing Jessica Stein"
Bob Costas - In August 1991, Mel Brooks became the only guest for four consecutive nights in the series' history
Neil Simon's 1993 play Laughter on the 23rd Floor is loosely based on the production of the show, and the character Ira Stone is based on Brooks.
Brooks and his wife Anne Bancroft acted together in Silent Movie and To Be or Not to Be, and Bancroft had a bit part in the 1995 film Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Years later, the Brooks's appeared as themselves in the fourth season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, spoofing the finale of The Producers.
Sid Caesar - In 1996, the Writers Guild of America, West reunited Caesar with nine of his writers from "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" for a two-hour panel discussion featuring head writer Mel Tolkin, Caesar, Carl Reiner, Aaron Ruben, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, Neil_Simon, Danny Simon, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin
He went on to win three consecutive Emmys in 1997, 1998, and 1999 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Uncle Phil on Mad About You. He won his three Tony awards in 2001 for his work on the musical, The Producers.
Ezio Greggio - In 1997, Greggio came back to the camera, directing "Killer per caso" and in 1999 "Svitati", with Mel Brooks as actor
Cady Huffman - In 2001, she played the role of Ulla in the Broadway musical "The Producers", by Mel Brooks
His two other Grammys came in 2002 for Best Musical Show Album, for the soundtrack to The Producers, and for Best Long Form Music Video for the DVD "Recording the Producers - A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks".
As of early April 2006, Brooks had begun composing the score to a Broadway musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein, which he says is "perhaps the best movie ever made.
Megan Mullally - In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical, "Young Frankenstein"
Roger Bart - Bart originated the lead role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein", which opened on Broadway in November 2007, following a run in Seattle
Bill Cullen - In the August 2010 issue of GQ Magazine under the heading "Epic Tales of Embarrassment", comedian/writer/producer Mel Brooks related the following story to writer Steve Heisler:
David Bedella - On 16 January 2015, it was confirmed that Bedella would be joining Mel Brooks' "The Producers" as Roger De Bris