Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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- His stage name is an adaptation of his mother's maiden name, Brookman.
- Has cited his favorite films as _Ladri di biciclette (1948)_ (qv) (aka The Bicycle Thief) and _La grande illusion (1937)_ (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.
- In 1966, he was about to co-star in a movie called "Easy Come, Easy Go" with 'Jan Berry (I)' (qv) and 'Dean Torrence' (qv) in the leading roles. What would have been his on-screen debut, was canceled due to a car wreck during shooting, in which Berry suffered a severe brain damage and paralysis. On the casting list was also British comedy star 'Terry-Thomas' (qv).
- 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).
- 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".
- Would much rather write than direct.
- Is an avid fan of Russian literature, occasionally making references to works and writers in his films.