Melvin James Kaminsky (b. 28 June 1926, Brooklyn, N.Y.) who uses the name Mel Brooks professionally, is an American composer, film director, screenwriter, lyricist, comedian, actor, and producer.
He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as a comedy partner with Carl Reiner, the 2000 Year Old Man. In the 1970s, he became one the of the most successful film directors, with many of his film being among the top ten money makers in their year of release. Among his best known films are The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and Men in Tights. In 2000, he had a smash hit on Broadway with a musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, for which Brooks wrote the music.
Brooks is one of the few entertainers who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. In June, 2013, he received an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 comedy films of all time. All three were ranked in the top 20 of that list. (Blazing Saddles (number 6), The Producers (number 11), Young Frankenstein (number 13)
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- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Mel Brooks." Accessed 27 May 2015.
- Mel Brooks, Wikipedia