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