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Mel Brooks

Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kate and James Kaminsky. His father died when Mel was twelve years old, and he has said that his angry humor stems from that event. As a young boy, he learned how to play the drums.After brief education, he served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television.He was a writer for, Your Show of Shows (1950) Caesar's Hour (1954) and wrote the Broadway show Shinbone Alley. He also worked in the creation of The 2000 Year Old Man (1975) and Get Smart (1965) before embarking on a highly successful film career in acting and directing.Brooks was famous for the spoofs of different film genres that he made such as Blazing Saddles (1974), History of the World: Part I (1981), Silent Movie (1976), Young Frankenstein (1974), Sacré Robin des Bois (1993), High Anxiety (1977), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) and Spaceballs (1987). However, one of his most famous ones was The Producers, which was originally on stage, was adapted again on stage, and was adapted into future movies. Brooks has also worked on television shows such as, The Electric Company (1971) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

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Jun 28, 1926 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Get Smart 1965-09-18
Latest Project:
Series The Comedians 2015-04-09

Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 23 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of Frasier
Poster of The Simpsons
The Comedians Unknown 2015-04-09
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Inside Comedy Unknown 2012-01-01
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Unknown 2012-07-19
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
Spaceballs: The Animated Series President Skroob / ... 15 episodes, 2008-2009 2008-09-21
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Dora the Explorer Unknown 2000-08-14
Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown 2000-10-15
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18