Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
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- 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).
- Children from his first marriage: 'Stefanie Brooks' (qv) (born 1956), 'Nicky Brooks' (qv) (born 1957) and 'Eddie Brooks' (qv) (born 1959). Son, 'Max Brooks (I)' (qv), with 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv) was born in 1972.
- His stage name is an adaptation of his mother's maiden name, Brookman.
- Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001".
- Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 162-167. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
- Worked with son 'Nicky Brooks' (qv) at Brooksfilm. Nicky was a story editor on _The Fly (1986)_ (qv), _The Fly II (1989)_ (qv) and _Spaceballs (1987)_ (qv).
- His film _The Producers (1968)_ (qv) was the inspiration for the title of U2's album "Achtung Baby".
- He is a close friend of Italian TV star 'Ezio Greggio' (qv), whose movies he inspired. Brooks is often a guest in Greggio's shows, and Brooks offered Greggio a small part in his _Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)_ (qv), due to this friendship.