Mel Brooks

Knowledge Identifier: +Mel_Brooks


Mel Brooks

American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and produceradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1926.

Countries: United States (62%), United Kingdom (13%), (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Producers (1968 film), Young Frankenstein, Anne Bancroft

Linked to: American Film Institute, Virginia Military Institute, United States Army, Abraham Lincoln High School




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Mel Brooks was born in 1926 add something


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. add something


In 1949 his friend Sid Caesar hired Brooks to write jokes for the NBC series The Admiral Broadway Revue, paying him $50 a week. add something


In 1950, Caesar created the revolutionary variety comedy series Your Show of Shows and hired Brooks as a writer along with Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, and head writer Mel Tolkin. add something


Nat Hiken - A television pioneer, Hiken worked with Mel Brooks and Woody Allen throughout the 1950s and early 1960s


Neil Simon - Among them were "The Phil Silvers Show" and Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" in 1950, where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen


Barney Martin - Entering show business in the 1950s as a writer for Steve Allen, he was discovered by Mel Brooks in 1968, who cast him in "The Producers"


Brooks was married to Florence Baum from 1953 to 1962. add something


Hillard Elkins - After serving in the Korean War by making training films in Manhattan, he returned to agency work, but in 1953 left to open his own management company, where he represented James Coburn, Robert Culp, Steve McQueen, Mel Brooks, Herbert_Ross, Charles Strouse, and Lee Adams


In 1957 Brooks wrote the book for his first Broadway musical Shinbone Alley. add something


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. add something


In 1960, Brooks moved from New York to Hollywood. add something


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


Anne Hathaway (actress) - Her first film of the year was a modern adaptation of the 1960s Mel Brooks television series "Get Smart," in which she starred opposite Steve Carell, and Alan Arkin, portraying Agent 99


They eventually expanded their routine with two more albums in 1961 and 1962, a revival in 1973, a 1975 animated TV special and a reunion album in 1998. add something


Neil Simon - During 1961, Simon's first Broadway play, "Come Blow Your Horn", ran for 678 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre


Anne Bancroft - In 1961, Bancroft met Mel Brooks at a rehearsal for the Perry Como variety show


In 1962 Brooks wrote the Broadway musical All American. add something


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. add something


Gene Wilder - In 1963, Wilder was cast in a leading role in Mother Courage and Her Children, a production starring Anne Bancroft, who introduced Wilder to her boyfriend Mel Brooks.


Brooks had married actress Anne Bancroft in 1964 and the two lived together in New York City. add something


Brooks was married to the actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer on June 6, 2005. add something


In 1965, Brooks teamed up with comedy writer Buck Henry to create a comedic TV show about a bumbling James Bond inspired spy. add something


This series ran from 1965 until 1970, although Brooks was not involved with its production after the pilot episode. add something


Dustin Hoffman - In 1966, Mike Nichols cast Hoffman in The Graduate, which prevented him from appearing in the acclaimed Mel Brooks film, The Producers as Franz Liebkind.


Get Smart was highly rated for most of its production and won seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 1968 and 1969. add something


In 1968 Brooks received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film, beating such writers as Stanley Kubrick and John Cassavetes. add something


Levine and Sidney Glazier and made his first feature film, The Producers in 1968. add something


Christopher Hewett - He appeared as the grand theatre director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's 1968 film comedy "The Producers"


Andreas Voutsinas - In 1968, Voutsinas became the original Carmen Ghia after befriending Mel Brooks' girlfriend of the time, Anne Bancroft


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. add something


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"


Comedy film - Leading figures in the 1970s were Woody Allen and Mel Brooks


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. add something


Their son, Max Brooks, was born in 1972. add something


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


Just after filming for Blazing Saddles was completed Wilder and Brooks began writing the script for Young Frankenstein and shot the film in the spring of 1974. add something


Upon its release, Blazing Saddles was the second highest grossing film domestically of 1974, earning $119.5 million worldwide. add something


Young Frankenstein was the third highest grossing film domestically of 1974, just behind Blazing Saddles. add something


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"


Arthur Malet - He went on to play a village elder in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" in 1974, the graveyard keeper in John Carpenter's "Halloween" in 1978 and Tootles in "Hook" in 1991


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 P├ętomane 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


Young Frankenstein - "'Young Frankenstein"' is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein


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. add something


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 1976, Brooks followed up his two hit films with an audacious idea: the first feature-length silent comedy in four decades. add something


In 1977 Brooks made a parody of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, High Anxiety. add something


By 1980, Siskel and Ebert called Brooks and Woody Allen "the two most successful comedy directors in the world today . add something


The second movie Brooks directed in the 1980s came in 1987 in the form of Spaceballs, a parody of science fiction, mainly Star Wars. add something


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 "


In 1981 Brooks joked that the only genres that he had not spoofed were historical epics and Biblical spectacles. add something


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


Moses - In the 1981 film "History of the World, Part I", Moses is portrayed by Mel Brooks


History of the World, Part I - "'History of the World, Part I"' is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks


Likewise the 1982 film My Favorite Year is loosely based on Brooks' experiences as a writer on the show and an encounter with aging Hollywood actor Errol Flynn. add something


Alan Safier - In 1982 he was cast in the 30th anniversary revival of "New Faces of 1952" , taking on the role originated by Ronny Graham, which included emceeing the show, doing a Truman Capote take-off , and performing in a comedy sketch written in the early 1950s by a young Mel Brooks


In 1983 Brooks produced and starred in a remake of the classic 1942 Ernst Lubitsch film. add something


Irving Berlin - It was featured in the movie Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks and a no. 4 hit for the techno artist Taco in 1983


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"


In the 1990s Brooks directed Life Stinks in 1991, $Robin_Hood:_Men_in_Tights in 1993 and Dracula: Dead and Loving It in 1995. add something


Nearly twenty years later, in response to the 1991 hit film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Brooks mounted another Robin Hood parody with Robin Hood: Men in Tights. add something


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. add something


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. add something


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. add something


Ezio Greggio - In 1997, Greggio came back to the camera, directing "Killer per caso" and in 1999 "Svitati", with Mel Brooks as actor


Their performances led to the release of the comedy album 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks that sold over a million copies in 1961. add something


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". add something


Reg Livermore - Mid 2003 Livermore auditioned in Los Angeles for Mel Brooks and director Susan Stroman, winning the leading role of Max Bialystock in the new Brooks musical "The Producers" subsequently playing Melbourne , Sydney and Brisbane to great acclaim


Jason Alexander - Returning to the stage in 2003, Alexander was cast in a successful run, opposite Martin Short, in the Los Angeles production of Mel Brooks' "The Producers"


Brooks had a vocal role in the 2005 animated film Robots. add something


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. add something


Megan Mullally - In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical, "Young Frankenstein"


Peter Kay - From February 2007, Kay played flamboyant gay director Roger DeBris in the Mel Brooks musical, "The Producers" for the Manchester leg of the UK Tour, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester until 12 May 2007


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


In 2010, Brooks credited Bancroft as being the guiding force behind his involvement in developing The Producers and Young Frankenstein for the musical theater, citing an early meeting as "From that day, until her death on June 5, 2005, we were glued together. add something


In 2010, Mel Brooks confirmed this, saying that the musical could be finished within a year. add something


On April 23, 2010 Brooks was awarded the 2,406th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add something


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:


He confirmed this again in 2011, on the HBO special "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again add something


He is to receive the 41st AFI Life Achievement award in 2013 add something


The American Film Institute will present Brooks with its highest tribute, the AFI Life Achievement award, in June 2013 add something


In 2014, Brooks was honored in a handprint and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre add something


He will return to voice Dracula's father, Vlad, in 2015's "Hotel Transylvania 2" add something


On March 20, 2015, Brooks was awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship from the British Film Institute add something


Phill Jupitus - On 16 January 2015, Jupitus was confirmed as starring opposite Jason Manford in the 2015 tour of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers


David Bedella - On 16 January 2015, it was confirmed that Bedella would be joining Mel Brooks' "The Producers" as Roger De Bris


Mel B - She gave her voice to the animated movie "Blazing Samurai" alongside Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, and Mel Brooks due for release in 2018