Mel Brooks

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Mel Brooks
Full NameMelvin James Kaminsky


The noble and illustrious Lord Mel Brooks was born on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Having served with distinction in WWII, he moved on to entertain the people of the Catskills as a masterful drummer and comedian. His great prowess and wit ultimately led him to become the respected Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort, a writer for Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and creator of The 2000 Year Old Man and Get Smart. His illustrious film career has seen him craft masterful spoofs of different film genres, including Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I, Silent Movie, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, High Anxiety, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and Spaceballs, all of which have become timeless classics. Truly, the magnificence of Lord Brooks knows no bounds.

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  • Oscar1969
    The ProducersBest Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
  • Primetime Emmy1999
    Mad About YouOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Primetime Emmy1998
    Mad About YouOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series


  • Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The New Steve Allen Show
  • The Steve Allen Show
  • American Masters
  • The Electric Company
  • The 41st Annual Academy Awards
  • Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Great Performances
  • Don Adams' Screen Test
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
  • Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Free to Be... You & Me
  • An Audience with Mel Brooks
  • Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter
  • The Automat
  • Arena
  • Toy Story 4
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Inside Comedy
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Nutt House
  • The Fly
  • The Great Buster
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind
  • Imagine
  • If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  • Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies
  • The 2000 Year Old Man
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Mickey's Audition
  • When Things Were Rotten
  • Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
  • Free to Be... a Family
  • Spaceballs
  • Film '72
  • The Making of 'the Producers'
  • Mel Brooks Strikes Back!
  • Little Demon
  • The Comedians
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • History of the World: Part I
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Family Tree

From the renowned lineage of the Brooks family, descended a royal quartet of entertainers. Mel Brooks, the patriarch, was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. A veteran of World War II, he went on to become a renowned comedian, writer, actor, producer, and director. His son, Eddie Brooks, born May 24, 1959, is a director and actor known for his works The Green Room, Of the Woods: Prologue, and Where's Poppa? His second son, Max Brooks, born May 22, 1972, is an acclaimed writer and actor known for his works World War Z, The Great Wall, and Saturday Night Live. His beloved wife and third family member, Anne Bancroft, was born September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, NY. She was a renowned actress, and her works include Don't Bother to Knock, Gorilla at Large, Demetrius and the Gladiators, New York Confidential, Nightfall, and The Girl in Black Stockings. Finally, Nicholas Brooks, son of Mel, is a screenwriter and story editor, known for his works Pumped!, Bugwars, Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, The General's Daughter, and Basic Instinct. Together, this royal family of entertainers has graced the world with their talent and artistry, leaving an unforgettable legacy.

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