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Mel Brooks

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Birthday
28, 1926
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
28, 1926 (age 92)
Birthplace
New York City, NY

About

Director of the classic satirical comedies Blazing SaddlesYoung FrankensteinSpaceballs, High Anxiety, The Producers and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He belongs to an exclusive club of entertainers as the recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Before Fame

As a teenager, he was taught the drums by the great Buddy Rich. In 1961, his comedy career took a big leap forward when he and fellow comic legend Carl Reiner created a comedy sketch called The 2000 Year Old Man.

Trivia

In 2000, the American Film Institute released a list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time and Brooks had three films in the top 20: Blazing Saddles (#6), The Producers (#11) and Young Frankenstein (#13).

Family Life

He first married Florence Baum in 1951, then married actress Anne Bancroft on August 5, 1964, after meeting at a rehearsal for The Perry Como Variety Show. He has three sons named Max, Nicky and Eddie and a daughter named Stephanie.

Associated With

He and actor Gene Wilder were frequent collaborators as Wilder starred in two of Brooks' most celebrated films: Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.