Mel BrooksBirth Name: Melvin Kaminsky
Birth Date: June 28, 1926
Mel Brooks is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970. Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top 10 moneymakers of the year they were released. His best-known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood Men in Tights. Three of his films ranked in the American Films Institute's list of the Top 100 comedy films of the past 100 years. One of his most recent successes has been the musical adaptation of his film The Producers to the Broadway stage, the show broke the Tony record with 12 wins.