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Mel Brooks

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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Actor
2017
79% Leap! (Ballerina)
  • Actor
2017
100% The Last Laugh
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Sam
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet Sam
  • Executive Producer
2016
55% Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Vlad
2015
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: Live At The Geffen
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2015
80% Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Albert Einstein
$101.8M 2014
80% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Jakers - Spooky Storytellers
  • Actor
2007
50% The Producers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$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
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Actor
1998
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It
  • Producer
  • Professor Van Helsing
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
25% The Little Rascals
  • Mr. Welling
1994
0% The Silence of the Hams
  • Guest Checking Out
1994
48% Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Rabbi Tuckman
  • Screenwriter
1993
No Score Yet The Vagrant
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1992
19% Life Stinks
  • Screenwriter
  • Goddard Bolt
  • Producer
  • Director
1991
17% Look Who's Talking, Too
  • Mr. Toilet Man
1990
No Score Yet Get Smart Again
  • Director
1989
54% Spaceballs
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • President Skroob/Yogurt
1987
No Score Yet Quote Alongs: Spaceballs
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1987
86% 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Executive Producer
1987
0% Solarbabies
  • Executive Producer
1986
91% The Fly
  • Executive Producer
1986
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience
  • Actor
1984
63% To Be or Not to Be
  • Producer
  • Frederick Bronski
1983
68% Frances
  • Producer
1982
62% History of the World---Part I
  • Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/Louis XVI
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1981
90% The Elephant Man
  • Executive Producer
1980
87% The Muppet Movie
  • Prof. Max Krassman
1979
75% High Anxiety
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke
1977
81% Silent Movie
  • Director
  • Mel Funn
  • Screenwriter
1976
No Score Yet 2000 Year Old Man
  • Mel Brooks
1975
93% Young Frankenstein
  • Director
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Free to Be You and Me
  • Actor
1974
90% 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
92% The Twelve Chairs
  • Tikon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
64% Putney Swope
  • Mr. Forget It
1969
91% The Producers
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows
  • Screenwriter

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Tom
  • 1993

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