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      Mel Brooks

      Mel Brooks

      Highest Rated: 100% Ronnie's (2020)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 28, 1926

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      A one-man comic industry, Mel Brooks wrote, produced, directed and starred in some of the most uproarious film and television comedies of the 1960s and 1970s, including "The Producers" (1967), "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and "Young Frankenstein" (1974), which, along with a hit Broadway version of "The Producers," ushered him into that rare circle of talent that could claim an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony to their names. Born Melvin Kaminsky to a family of Russian and Polish Jews in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 1926, Brooks discovered humor at an early age as a way to combat bullying over his small stature and sickly frame. He also found his life's ambition during this time period by attending a performance of "Anything Goes" on Broadway; he left the show determined to make a career as an entertainer. Brooks found his first outlet for that goal as a poolside entertainment and master of ceremonies at resorts in the Catskills region of New York. Billed as Mel Brooks, he performed as a musician and comic through his teenaged years, pausing in 1944 to serve with the United States Army's 78th Infantry Division during World War II. Upon his return to the United States, Brooks continued to perform on the resort circuit while also working as an actor on stage and in radio. In 1949, he took his first job as a comedy writer for "The Admiral Broadway Revue" (NBC/DuMont, 1949), a live variety series featuring a powerfully built comic with a talent for mimicry and pantomime named Sid Caesar. When Caesar got his own series, "Your Show of Show" (NBC, 1950-1954), he took Brooks and several other "Revue" writers with him, along with such future talents as Neil Simon, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen; the resulting variety series was one of the most acclaimed comedy programs of television's Golden Age, and a profoundly influential series on television comedy in the 20th century. Brooks would work with Caesar on several subsequent television projects before moving to Los Angeles in 1960; there, he and Reiner became popular guests on talk shows, and recorded a top-selling album featuring an improvised act called "The 2,000 Year Old Man," with Reiner asking Brooks, as the titular character, about his perspective on historical events. The character would also inform his 1963 short film "The Critic" (1963), a spoof of esoteric arthouse films with Brooks's unseen old man lambasting a series of high-minded visuals. The short, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for director Ernest Pintoff, was soon followed by a small-screen spoof, "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970), which lampooned the James Bond phenomenon by focusing on an inept spy (played by Don Adams). The series, co-created with Buck Henry, would win seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 1968 and 1969. While working on "Smart" and other projects, Brooks realized a long-gestating project-a musical comedy about Adolf Hitler-by writing and directing "The Producers" (1967). The film, about two down-and-out showmen (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) who create a deliberate Broadway flop about Hitler to abscond with the investors' money, was initially considered too controversial for distribution; Brooks would eventually send the films to theaters as a specialized attraction, where it netted rave reviews and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Now established as a filmmaker, Brooks unleashed several projects, including the comedy "The Twelve Chairs" (1970) and an adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer," but the former was a flop and the latter never produced, which left Brooks convinced that his career had stalled. But an opportunity to work on a comic Western for Warner Bros. eventually led to Brooks writing (with contributions from Richard Pryor and Andrew Bergman) and directing "Blazing Saddles" (1974). An unbridled spoof of movie Westerns, the film managed to embrace the crudest bathroom humor (the infamous campfire sequence) and some biting commentary on racism. A huge success at the box office, it netted three Oscar nominations and revived Brooks' profile in Hollywood. His next project, a satire on Universal Pictures' horror cycle of the 1930s called "Young Frankenstein," marked his third collaboration with actor/writer Gene Wilder, who had starred in "Producers" and "Saddles." Wilder co-wrote "Frankenstein" and starred as the reluctant grandson of the monster-making doctor, while a host of Brooks' repertory players, including Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman and Cloris Leachman, lent support. Another huge box office hit, as well as the recipient of two Oscar nominations, "Frankenstein" would also serve as the high-water mark for Brooks' screen efforts in terms of ticket sales and critical acclaim; subsequent projects, like the TV comedy "When Things Were Rotten" (ABC, 1975), with Dick Gautier as a hapless Robin Hood, and "Silent Movie" (1976), an affectionate tribute to silent comedies filmed almost entirely without sound, were met with either modest acclaim or none at all. Brooks rebounded in 1977 with "High Anxiety," a well-versed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's best-known thrillers that netted two Golden Globe nominations. In the 1980s, Brooks added producer to his lengthy c.v. by shepherding a film version of the Broadway play "The Elephant Man" to the screen with a little-known director named David Lynch behind the camera. The film, which earned eight Oscar nominations, helped to establish Brooks' production company, Brooksfilms, as a destination for eclectic, arthouse-minded features and directors, and soon added "Frances" (1982), Richard Benjamin's "My Favorite Year' (1982)-based on "Your Show of Shows"-David Cronenberg's "The Fly" (1987) and "84 Charing Cross Road" (1987), which starred Brooks' spouse, actress Anne Bancroft. Brooks himself also continued to write and direct comedies, beginning in 1981 with "History of the World Part 1," a no-holds-barred revamp of man's early history from a gross-out perspective; a minor hit, it was followed by a slew of genre parodies, including "Spaceballs" (1987), which took aim at science fiction; "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1993). Undaunted, Brooks returned to his first hit and refashioned "The Producers" as a Broadway musical. It proved to be an unqualified success, netting 12 Tonys and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and again reviving Brooks's fortunes in the entertainment industry. In 2006, Brooks wrote a musical version of "Young Frankenstein," which performed well on Broadway, though not on par with "Producers." While working on both projects, Brooks remained remarkably active on a number of other fronts, including a frequent guest star on television series and voice-over actor for animated projects, including a recurring role on "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99), "Hotel Transylvania 2" (2015) and "Toy Story 4" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Ronnie's
      The Twelve Chairs
      Blazing Saddles
      The Muppet Movie
      Silent Movie
      High Anxiety
      History of the World: Part I
      Spaceballs

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Remembering Gene Wilder Self - 2023
      54% 67% Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Shogun (Voice),
      Executive Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $17.8M 2022
      98% 86% The Automat Self $257.4K 2021
      100% 100% Ronnie's Unknown (Character) - 2020
      94% 86% The Great Buster: A Celebration Self $118.3K 2018
      62% 49% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Vlad (Voice) $167.5M 2018
      95% 85% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Self $819.7K 2017
      41% 62% Leap! Luteau (Voice) $21.8M 2016
      98% 75% The Last Laugh Self - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Always About the Story: Conversations With Alan Ladd, Jr. Self - 2016
      97% 88% Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Self - 2015
      No Score Yet 40% Sam Executive Producer - 2015
      56% 64% Hotel Transylvania 2 Vlad (Voice) - 2015
      81% 73% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Albert Einstein (Voice) $111.5M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vaudeville Comedy, Then and Now Unknown (Character) - 2012
      51% 63% The Producers Writer,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Original Music
      $19.4M 2005
      64% 54% Robots Big Weld (Voice) - 2005
      No Score Yet 88% Broadway: The American Musical Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 69% Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 53% Screw Loose Jake Gordon (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caesar's Writers Unknown (Character) - 1996
      11% 49% Dracula: Dead and Loving It Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $9.9M 1995
      21% 70% The Little Rascals Mr. Welling (Character) $51.7M 1994
      42% 81% Robin Hood: Men in Tights Rabbi Tuckman (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $35.3M 1993
      21% 45% Life Stinks Goddard Bolt (Character),
      Director
      $3.8M 1991
      57% 83% Spaceballs President Skroob/Yogurt (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Original Music,
      Screenwriter
      $36.7M 1987
      0% 43% Solarbabies Executive Producer $1.3M 1986
      0% 39% The Doctor and the Devils Executive Producer $147.1K 1985
      55% 75% To Be or Not to Be Dr. Frederick Bronski (Character),
      Producer
      - 1983
      63% 81% History of the World: Part I Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/King Louis XVI (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1981
      92% 93% The Elephant Man Executive Producer - 1980
      88% 88% The Muppet Movie Professor Max Krassman (Character) - 1979
      75% 67% High Anxiety Richard H. Thorndyke (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1977
      82% 72% Silent Movie Mel Funn (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      94% 92% Young Frankenstein Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1974
      89% 91% Blazing Saddles Governor William J. Le Petomane/ Indian Chief/ Cycle Hood (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Original Music
      - 1974
      No Score Yet 92% Free to Be You and Me Unknown (Character) - 1974
      93% 62% The Twelve Chairs Tikon (Character),
      Director
      - 1970
      91% 85% The Producers Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music and Songs
      $111.9K 1968
      No Score Yet 40% The Critic Narrator,
      Screenwriter
      - 1963

      TV

      Credit
      73% 35% History of the World: Part II Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2017-2018
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2012-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dora the Explorer Unknown (Voice) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2012
      36% No Score Yet Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown (Guest Voice) 2010
      No Score Yet 74% Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Unknown (Voice) 2003-2004 2006-2007
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Uncle Phil (Guest Star) 1996-1997 1999
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 1995
      95% 94% Frasier Tom (Guest Voice) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nutt House Creator,
      Writer
      1989
      100% No Score Yet The Electric Company Blonde-Haired Cartoon Man (Character) 1971-1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Writer 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revlon Revue Unknown (Character),
      Writer
      1960