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Brooks attending a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 23, 2010

Melvin James "Mel" Brooks (né Kaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Melvin James Kaminsky
  • Born: June 28, 1926 (age 89) Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
  • Medium: Film, television, musical theatre
  • Years active: 1949–present
  • Genres: Farce, parody, musical comedy, satire, sketch comedy
  • Spouse: Florence Baum (m. 1953; div. 1962) Anne Bancroft (m. 1964; died 2005)
  • Children: 4; including Max
  • Notable works and roles: Get Smart The Producers Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein History of the World, Part I Spaceballs

Read more about Mel Brooks at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Mel Brooks on comedy and love
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2019-12-08 15:34:56
Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz sits down with director and comedy writer Mel Brooks, now 93, who opens up about his politically-incorrect films like "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers," and whether they could be made today; and about his relationship with his soulmate, actress Anne Bancroft, with whom he ...

Mel Brooks on the love of his life, Anne Bancroft, and comedy that's not PC
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2019-12-08 15:32:38
The "Producers" director and the Oscar-winning actress were inseparable for 41 years, and had more in common than one might think

When We Laugh at Nazis, Maybe the Joke’s on Us
NY Times Movies, 2019-10-16 14:00:06
More than a half-century after Mel Brooks made “The Producers,” mocking Hitler isn’t what it used to be.

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