Jun. 28th, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mel Brooks' Main TV Roles
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- Has cited his favorite films as _Ladri di biciclette (1948)_ (qv) (aka The Bicycle Thief) and _La grande illusion (1937)_ (qv).
- His favorite song is "Yankee Doodle Dandy" by 'George M. Cohan' (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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- In 2001, won three Tony Awards for "The Producers": as a co-producer of the Best Musical winner; as Best Book (Musical), with collaborator 'Thomas Meehan (I)' (qv); and as Best Original Musical Score, both lyrics and music.
- Won 3 Tonys in 2001 for "The Producers" - Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Musical Score.