Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - Mr. Peabody & Sherman
2005 - The Producers
2005 - Robots
1998 - The Prince of Egypt
1995 - Dracula: Dead and Loving it
1994 - The Little Rascals
1993 - Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1991 - Life Stinks
1990 - Look Who's Talking Too
1987 - Spaceballs
1983 - To Be or Not to Be
1981 - History of the World: Part I
1979 - The Muppet Movie
1977 - High Anxiety
1976 - Silent Movie
1974 - Young Frankenstein
1974 - Blazing Saddles
1970 - The Twelve Chairs
1968 - The Producers
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor
The Angry Cat (Voiced)
Mr. Miller (Voiced)
- 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.
- 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).
- He attended film director 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv)'s funeral.
- 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.
- 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".
- On NPR interview, mentioned that he attended Virginia Military Institute - was a "Brother Rat".
- 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".