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Mel Brooks

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
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Profession: Actor & Director

United States of America

Why Famous: Best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show "Your Show of Shows".

In middle age he became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s.

He is on the short list of entertainers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award.

Born: June 28, 1926
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Age: 94 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

Historical Events

  • 1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen
  • 1965-09-18 TV comedy "Get Smart" created by Mel Brooks and starring Don Adams premieres
  • 1974-02-07 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder