Mel Brooks Biography

Also Credited As: Melvin Brooks, Melvin Brooks
 
Date Of Birth:
June 28, 1926 (90)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gender: Male
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Mel Brooks Biography

Date of Birth: June 28, 1926 (90)
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gender: Male

Mel Brooks Director, producer, writer and actor, Mel Brooks is the recipient of three 2001 Tony Awards (Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical) and two Grammy Awards (Best Musical Show Album and Best Long-Form Music Video) for The Producers. Mr. Brooks began his distinguished career during television's Golden Age as a writer for Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows" in 1951. In 1955 and in 1957, Brooks received Emmy Award nominations (with others) for Best Comedy Writing for "Caesar's Hour," and in 1956 he was nominated (with others) for Best Writing for a Variety or Situation Comedy. In 1952, Brooks wrote sketches for Leonard Sillman's Broadway smash-hit revue, New Faces of 1952, and in 1957, together with Joe Darion, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical Shinbone Alley, which starred Eartha Kitt. In 1962, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical All American, starring Ray Bolger. In the ÔŅĹ60s, Brooks teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform The 2000 Year Old Man albums, which became immediate bestsellers. In 1960 and 1961, Brooks and Reiner received Grammy Award nominations for Best Spoken-Word Comedy for 2000 Years and for Best Comedy Performance for 2000 and One Years, respectively. In 1997, Brooks and Reiner teamed up again for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. Both a book and CD were released, the CD winning a Grammy Award in 1998 for the Best Spoken-Word Album, Comedy. Brooks wrote and narrated The Critic, a short satire on avant-garde art films, which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject in 1964. In 1965, he teamed up with Buck Henry and created "Get Smart," the long-running television show starring Don Adams as Agent 86. Brooks, along with others, received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy-Variety in 1967 for "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special." In 1968, he wrote and directed his first feature film, The Producers, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. He then went on to create a remarkable string of hit comedies: 1970, wrote, directed and acted in The Twelve Chairs; 1974, co-wrote, directed and acted in Blazing Saddles and was nominated, along with John Morris, for Best Title Song, "Blazing Saddles"; 1974, co-wrote and directed Young Frankenstein; 1976, co-wrote, directed and starred in Silent Movie; 1977, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in High Anxiety; 1981, wrote, directed, produced and starred in History of the World, Part I; 1983, produced and starred in To Be or Not to Be; 1987, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in the hit sci-fi spoof, Spaceballs; 1991, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Life Stinks; 1993, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Robin Hood: Men in Tights; 1995, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Dracula: Dead and Loving It; 2005, co-wrote and produced The Producers, the film version of his Tony Award-winning 2001 Broadway musical and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway." For three successive seasons, Brooks won the Emmy Award for his role as Uncle Phil on the hit comedy show, "Mad About You." His visionary film company, Brooksfilms Limited, founded in 1980, has produced some of America's most distinguished films, among them David Lynch's The Elephant Man, David Cronenberg's The Fly, Frances, Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year and 84 Charing Cross Road, starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft.

Mel Brooks Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein
 
Olivier Awards - 2005 - Best New Musical
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Lyrics
Mel Brooks , The Producers
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Best Musical
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Book of a Musical
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Musical
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Mel Brooks, The Producers

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