Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 63-66. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- He and Bancroft married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.
- Has directed two performers to Oscar-nominations: 'Gene Wilder' (qv) (for _The Producers (1968)_ (qv)) and 'Madeline Kahn' (qv) (for _Blazing Saddles (1974)_ (qv)).
- Has cited his favorite films as _Ladri di biciclette (1948)_ (qv) (aka The Bicycle Thief) and _La grande illusion (1937)_ (qv).
- 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.