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To Be Or Not... "To Be or Not to Be" (1983) is a well-designed comedic tale of a Polish acting... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Robots DVD ... Root for the little guy in this animated feature from the team that brought you... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

High Anxiety... Mel Brooks is at his comedic best in this hilarious spoof of all things... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

History Of The... "It's good to be the king." Mel Brooks turns his love of film parody to... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

The Mel Brooks... This indispensable 8-disc set collects eight of Mel Brooks' comedic... more info $59.98was $59.98 Buy Now

Robin Hood:... What he did for westerns in "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and horror films in "Young... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Melvin Kaminsky,Melvin Brooks Died:
Born: June 28, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Writer ... director actor producer screenwriter comedian lyricist


A certifiable legend - with an emphasis on the "certifiable" - in the entertainment industry, Mel Brooks was an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-winning creator and performer of some of the biggest comedy hits on television, in film, and on Broadway. He got his start penning gags for Sid Caesar on the legendary "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) before developing his own series, "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970). He soon graduated to directing films and turned out a string of uproarious and bawdy parodies of Hollywood genres, including "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), and "High Anxiety" (1977) - all considered classics by anyone's standards. His first theatrical feature, "The Producers" (1968), later served as the basis for a hit Broadway musical, which earned Brooks and his cast and crew a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001. With the success of the big screen adaptation of "Get Smart" (2008), more than 40 years after the premiere of the original series, it was clear that the mad mind of Mel Brooks still packed a timeless comedic punch.

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