Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Mel Brooks (Voiced)
The Angry Cat (Voiced)
- Served as a corporal in the US army in North Africa during World War II.
- 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).
- Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 162-167. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
- 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).
- Performed a rap song for the soundtrack of _History of the World: Part I (1981)_ (qv) called "It's Good To Be The King". It was a surprisingly successful hip-hop/dance hit in 1981. He followed it up with "Hitler Rap" for _To Be or Not to Be (1983)_ (qv). The song was not as successful. But the lyric "Don't be stupid, be a smarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" was originally used in the original movie version of _The Producers (1968)_ (qv), then later reused in Brooks' Broadway version of "The Producers".
- Part of his duties in WWII was defusing landmines in areas before the infantry moved in.
- He and 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv) met on the set of a TV talk show, and Mel later paid a woman who worked on the show to tell him which restaurant Bancroft was going to eat at that night so he could "accidentally" bump into her again and strike up a conversation.