Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
- Though _Blazing Saddles (1974)_ (qv) and _Young Frankenstein (1974)_ (qv) are often cited as his best and most popular films as a director, his biggest video sales are _Spaceballs (1987)_ (qv) and _Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)_ (qv).
- In the original film version of _The Producers (1968)_ (qv), Brooks' voice can be heard singing the line "Don't be stupid/Be a schmarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" during the "Springtime for Hitler" number. For the Broadway musical version, he repeats this task, with the live actor lip-synching to a recording of Brooks.
- 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.
- Was considered for the role of Dr. Sam Loomis in _Halloween (1978)_ (qv).
- 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".
- He attended film director 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv)'s funeral.
- Named one of E!'s "Top 20 entertainers of 2001.".
- 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).