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Brooks, Mel

Born: 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 95 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Film Director, Producers, Writers

1926 – He was born on the 28th day of June this year in Brooklyn, New York. He is also writer, director, and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies.


1928 – His father died of kidney disease at age 34. He went to school in New York. For elementary, he went to Public School 19 (Williamsburg). For middle school, he went to Francis Scott Key Jr. High (Williamsburg). Brooks graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School (New York).


1944 – In June of this year, he enlisted in the Army. He had basic training at Virginia Military Institute and finished up at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.


1945 – He was shipped off to war in February of this year where he initially served as forward observer for the artillery. Shortly thereafter, he was reassigned to the 1104th Combat Engineers Group. Several months later, Germany had surrendered and Brooks was promoted to corporal.


1951 – He married Florence Baum this year and ended in divorce in 1961.


1960 – An attack of gout and the result of the surgery done to relieve it left him allegedly feeling like a 2000-year-old man. This became the persona of The 2000-Year-Old Man, the focus of ad-libbed comedy routines and comedy records, with Carl Reiner as his straight man. The short film won an Academy Award.


1963 – He later moved into film, working as an actor, director, writer, and producer. Brooks’s first film was “The Critic”, an animated satire of arty, esoteric cinema, conceived by Brooks and directed by Ernest Pintoff.


1964 – He married actress Anne Bancroft this year and live together until her death from uterine cancer on June 6, 2005. They had one son, Maximillian who was born in 1972.


1967 – He won his first of four Emmy awards in this year for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety for a Sid Caesar special. He went on to win three consecutive Emmys in 1997, 1998, and 1999 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Uncle Phil on “Mad about You”.


1973 – One of his most popular films has been Blazing Saddles in this year, co-written with Richard Pryor, and Young Frankenstein in 1974, co-written with Gene Wilder.


1975 – At the height of his movie career, he tried TV again with When Things Were Rotten, a Robin Hood parody that lasted only 13 episodes. Nearly 20 years later, he mounted another Robin Hood parody with Robin Hood: Men in Tights.


1976 – He was featured in his first leading role in “Silent Movie” wiith Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman as his sidekicks.


1980 – He became interested in producing the dramatic film “The Elephant Man”, it was directed by David Lynch.


1999 – He was awarded his first Grammy award for Best Spoken Comedy Album in this year for his recording of "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000" with Carl Reiner.


2001 – He won his three Tony awards in this year for his work on the musical, "The Producers". He won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Original Musical Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Additionally, he won a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award for Young Frankenstein.


2002 – His two other Grammys came in this year for Best Musical Show Album, for the soundtrack to "The Producers", and for Best Long Form Music Video for the DVD "Recording the Producers – A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks".


2005 – He also had a vocal role in the animated film Robots. He is currently working on an animated series sequel to his 1987 hit Spaceballs, a parody of Star Wars, expected to premiere in 2007.