Mel Brooks Celebrity Watchlist
- At 14, learned to play drums from jazz legend Buddy Rich.
- After serving in World War II, began working at Borscht Belt resorts in the Catskills, serving as a stand-up comedian, jazz drummer, handyman and social director.
- Auditioned as a writer for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows by performing a self-penned song titled "Here I Am, I'm Melvin Brooks."
- His legendary 2000 Year Old Man was created when he quipped to Carl Reiner following painful gout surgery that he felt "like a 2000-year-old man."
- Created, along with Buck Henry, the sitcom Get Smart before writing and directing his first feature film, The Producers.
- 1974 saw the release of his two biggest hits: Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
- Formed Brooksfilms in 1979 to produce The Elephant Man; other movies produced include The Fly and My Favorite Year, which is based on a personal experience with Errol Flynn.
- His 2000 Broadway production of The Producers received 15 Tony Award nominations and won a record 12.
- Is one of only a few artists to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
- 1974, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety: Winner
- 1956, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing: Nominee
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Special: Nominee
- 1974, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 2001, Tony — Book (Musical): Winner
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Special: Nominee
- 2001, Tony — Original Musical Score: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best Long Form Music Video: Winner
- 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
- 1998, Grammy — Best Spoken Comedy Album: Winner
- 1968, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best Musical Show Album: Winner
- 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 2001, Tony — Musical: Winner
- 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 2006, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1969, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
- 1958, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing: Nominee
- 1957, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy: Nominee
- Eddie Brooks — Son
- Kate Brookman Kaminsky — Mother
- Max Brooks — Son
- Stefanie Brooks — Daughter
- Florence Baum — Ex-wife
- Nicholas Brooks — Son
- Anne Bancroft — Wife (deceased)
- Max Kaminsky — Father
- Attended Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
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