Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks

Highest Rated: 100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Birthday: Jun 28, 1926

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Farce, satire, and parody come together with Vaudeville roots and manic energy to create the Mel Brooks style of comedy. Born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY, the writer/producer/director/actor was one of very few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked as a standup comic at resorts in the Catskills and started writing comedy. Along with Woody Allen, Neil Simon, and others, he wrote for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, which later became Caesar's Hour. Teaming up with fellow staff writer Carl Reiner, he developed the award-winning "2000 Year Old Man" comedy skit, which led to several recordings, television appearances, and a 1998 Grammy. He and writer Buck Henry also created the spy-parody TV series Get Smart (1965-1970) starring Don Adams. During this time, he produced theater, married actress Anne Bancroft, and made his first film: an Oscar-winning animated short parody of modern art called The Critic. He then put together a screenplay based upon his experiences working with Broadway executives that led to his feature-length debut The Producers. He cast stage legend Zero Mostel in the lead role and got B-movie producer Joseph Levine to put up the funds, but the movie didn't get distributed until Peter Sellers saw it and encouraged its release. Brooks ended up winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay and, in 2000, adapted the film into a highly successful Broadway musical. By 1970, after the release of his next film The Twelve Chairs, Hollywood thought his work was "too Jewish." In 1974, Brooks made the marketable move toward parodies with the Western spoof Blazing Saddles, winning him a Writer's Guild award and introducing his stock actors Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn. Finding his niche, he would continue to make parodies throughout his career by spoofing horror (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Hitchcock (High Anxiety), historical epics (History of the World -- Part I), and science fiction (Spaceballs). Working simultaneously as writer, director, and lead actor, Brooks started to generate negative press about his excessive style. In 1983, appearing opposite Bancroft, he concentrated on just acting for the remake of the Ernst Lubitch classic To Be or Not to Be. He continued working with his production company Brooksfilms during the '80s as an executive producer on projects as varied as The Fly, The Elephant Man, Solarbabies, and 84 Charing Cross Road (starring Bancroft). His brief stray into non-parody films in 1991 (Life Stinks) was universally dismissed, so he returned to form with Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Other than the occasional cameo or random appearance as voice talent, Brooks spent the late '90s winning awards and playing Uncle Phil on the NBC series Mad About You. In 2001, the Broadway musical version of The Producers (starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick) led to a successful national tour and broke a new record by winning one Grammy and 12 Tony awards. The stage version would lead to a new big screen adaptation in 2005, creating a whole new generation of fans. Over the coming years, Brooks would lend his voice to Spaceballs: The Animated Series and Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Actor 2019
62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Vlad 2018
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Actor 2017
41% Leap! Actor $21.8M 2017
97% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Actor Director 2017
98% The Last Laugh Actor 2017
100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Actor 2017
No Score Yet GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II Actor 2017
No Score Yet Sam Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet The Guardian Brothers Actor 2016
56% Hotel Transylvania 2 Vlad 2015
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: Live At The Geffen Actor Screenwriter 2015
81% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Albert Einstein $101.8M 2014
86% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic Actor 2013
No Score Yet Jakers - Spooky Storytellers Actor 2007
50% The Producers Director Producer Screenwriter $19.2M 2005
64% Robots Bigweld $128.2M 2005
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical Actor 2004
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Joe Snow 2002
No Score Yet Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks Actor 2001
No Score Yet Screw Loose Jake Gordon 1998
80% The Prince of Egypt Actor 1998
No Score Yet Caesar's Writers Actor 1996
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It Producer Screenwriter Professor Van Helsing Director 1995
23% The Little Rascals Mr. Welling 1994
0% The Silence of the Hams Guest Checking Out 1994
40% Robin Hood: Men in Tights Director Producer Screenwriter Rabbi Tuckman 1993
No Score Yet The Vagrant Executive Producer Producer 1992
18% Life Stinks Screenwriter Goddard Bolt Producer Director 1991
13% Look Who's Talking, Too Mr. Toilet Man 1990
No Score Yet Get Smart Again Director 1989
No Score Yet Quote Alongs: Spaceballs Screenwriter Producer Director Actor 1987
57% Spaceballs Director Producer President Skroob/Yogurt Screenwriter 1987
87% 84 Charing Cross Road Executive Producer 1987
0% Solarbabies Executive Producer 1986
92% The Fly Executive Producer 1986
0% The Doctor and the Devils Executive Producer Producer 1985
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience Actor 1984
60% To Be or Not to Be Frederick Bronski Producer 1983
66% Frances Producer 1982
58% History of the World---Part I Director Screenwriter Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/Louis XVI Producer 1981
92% The Elephant Man Executive Producer 1980
88% The Muppet Movie Prof. Max Krassman 1979
72% High Anxiety Producer Director Screenwriter Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke 1977
80% Silent Movie Director Mel Funn Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet 2000 Year Old Man Mel Brooks 1975
94% Young Frankenstein Screenwriter Actor Director 1974
No Score Yet Free to Be You and Me Actor 1974
89% Blazing Saddles Screenwriter Director Indian Chief 1974
No Score Yet Shinbone Alley Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company Actor 1971
93% The Twelve Chairs Tikon Director Screenwriter 1970
67% Putney Swope Mr. Forget It 1969
90% The Producers Actor Screenwriter Director 1968
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows Screenwriter


83% Forky Asks a Question
Melephant Brooks 2019
No Score Yet To Tell the Truth
Appearing Panelist 2018
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Special Agent Oso
Voice 2011
36% Glenn Martin, DDS
Voice 2010
No Score Yet Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
Voice 2007
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
Appearing 2006
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
Himself 2004
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
Himself 2004
No Score Yet Great Performances
Host 2001
No Score Yet Mad About You
Uncle Phil 1999
93% Frasier
Voice of Tom 1993
No Score Yet Get Smart
Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet Imagine...


Vlad says: What's that on your head?! It looks like my grandmother's boobies!

Vlad says: What's that on your head? It looks like my grandmother's boobies!

Bigweld says: You can shine no matter what you're made of.

Mel Funn says: She's incredible! I hope to God she's not a female impersonator.

Lone Starr Space Bum says: But Yogurt, what if I never see you again?

Yogurt says: Don't worry about it! We'll meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money

Yogurt says: Don't worry about it! We'll meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money.

Victoria Brisbane says: I'm Victoria Brisbane.

Richard H. Thorndyke says: The Cocker's daughter?

President Skroob says: Why didn't somebody tell me my ass was so big?

Moses says: The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen... [drops one of the tablets] Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!

Poppinjay says: [muffled in to megaphone] Pawn threatens bishop!

King Lou says: What the hell did you say?

Poppinjay says: [turning to King Louis XVI without removing the megaphone] Pawn threatens bishop!

Governor Lepetomane says: Thank you, Hedy. Thank you.

Hedley Lamarr says: It's not Hedy, it's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr.

Governor Lepetomane says: The hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue her!

Governor Lepetomane says: Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work. [looks at his secretary's breasts] Hello, boys. You have a good night's rest? I missed you.

King Lou says: jack jump queen!

King Lou says: Jack jump queen!

Yogurt says: Spaceballs the FLAMETHROWER!!! The kids love this one.

Yogurt says: Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower. [turns it on] Dink, Dink, Dink, Dink, Dink, Dink: Ooooh! [reacts to dinks] The kids love this one.

Yogurt says: May the schwartz be with you!

Yogurt says: May the schwartz be with you!

King Lou says: It's good to be the king!