Job Director
Years active 1949-present
Top Roles Singer in 'Springtime for Hitler', President Skroob / Yogurt, Professor Max Krassman, Mr. Forget It, Rabbi Tuckman
Top GenresComedy, Musical
Top TopicsSlapstick
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Mel Brooks Overview:

Director, Mel Brooks, was born Melvin Kaminsky on Jun 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. As of December 2020, Mel Brooks was 94 years old.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Mel Brooks was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing for The Producers in 1968.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1968Best WritingThe Producers (1968)N/AWon
1974Best WritingYoung Frankenstein (1974)N/ANominated
1974Best Music - SongBlazing Saddles (1974)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

and Anne Bancroft: Exclusive Guest Post by Author Douglass K. Daniel

By Guest Post on Sep 27, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

?Mel and Anne, Hollywood?s best matched opposites… Was one of entertainment?s oddest couples ? the dramatic actress Anne Bancroft and the wacky comic genius ? all that much a mismatch? That?s a question I pondered at times when I explored her career for my new biography Anne Bancrof... Read full article


Blazing Saddles (1974, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 5, 2016 From The Stop Button

Maybe the first two-thirds of Blazing Saddles are really funny, getting great performances out of lead Cleavon Little, his sidekick Gene Wilder and especially Harvey Korman’s villain. Wilder’s almost an add-on character; he’s around so Little, in addition to being funny and likable... Read full article


5 Musical Numbers (2)

By Anne Marie on Jun 7, 2013 From We Recycle Movies

Next Saturday, AFI is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award for bringing joy and laughter to millions and changing American comedy as we know it. I figured we can start the celebration a little early, so here are 5 fantastic musical numbers from 5 equally fantastic movies. 5... Read full article


5 Musical Numbers (1)

By Anne Marie on Jun 7, 2013 From We Recycle Movies

Next Saturday, AFI is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award for bringing joy and laughter to millions and changing American comedy as we know it. I figured we can start the celebration a little early, so here are 5 fantastic musical numbers from 5 equally fantastic movies. 5... Read full article


News From the Lake: DVD Releases, , a Greta Garbo Biopic, and Cinemark Classic Series

on May 23, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Blame Cleopatra for why this is late, but never late than never, right?? In this expansive News From the Lake segment, I’ll announce some DVD release dates, discuss getting the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, a new biopic in the works, and what movies you can see in theaters this su... Read full article


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Mel Brooks Facts
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 162-167. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

His stage name is an adaptation of his mother's maiden name, Brookman.

One of the five winners of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. Other 2009 winners were Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Dave Brubeck, and Grace Bumbry.

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