Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Mel Brooks (Voiced)
The Angry Cat (Voiced)
- He and Bancroft married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.
- One of the few people to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. He won an Oscar for the screenplay of _The Producers (1968)_ (qv); 3 Emmys in a row (1997-1999) for his guest appearance as Uncle Phil in _"Mad About You" (1992)_ (qv); 3 Tonys for The Producers- Best Musical, Original Music Score and Book (musical); and 3 Grammys- Best Spoken Comedy Album for "The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000" (1998, with 'Carl Reiner' (qv)) and two for The Producers (2001): Best Musical Show Album (as composer/lyricist) and Best Long Form Music Video (as artist).
- He attended film director 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv)'s funeral.
- At the opening of the Brodway version of "The Producers", he was asked by a reporter if he was nervious about the play's reception, since it cost $40 million to produce. Brooks joked, "If it flops, I'll take the other sixty million and fly to Rio." He didn't have to worry, since the play was both a critical and financial success.
- In the original film version of _The Producers (1968)_ (qv), Brooks' voice can be heard singing the line "Don't be stupid/Be a schmarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" during the "Springtime for Hitler" number. For the Broadway musical version, he repeats this task, with the live actor lip-synching to a recording of Brooks.
- The 1944 edition of the Eastern District High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) yearbook featured the future Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky) stating that his goal was to become President of the United States; forty-three years later, in 1987, his ambition was to be fulfilled, if only in fiction and in part -- in the movie _Spaceballs (1987)_ (qv), he portrayed Spaceball leader "President Skroob".
- His film _The Producers (1968)_ (qv) was the inspiration for the title of U2's album "Achtung Baby".
- His running "walk this way" gag is also the inspiration for the song "Walk This Way" by 'Aerosmith' (qv). The gag was copied from 'William Powell (I)' (qv)'s ad-lib in _After the Thin Man (1936)_ (qv).