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About Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer, actor and composer, is in an elite group as one of the few creative individuals to earn all four major entertainment prizes -- the Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.

His career began in the borscht belt and then television, writing for YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS. He teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform the Grammy-winning "2000 Year Old Man" comedy albums and books. Brooks and Buck Henry created the long running TV series GET SMART. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short THE CRITIC and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film THE PRODUCERS in 1968.

Many hit comedy films followed including THE TWELVE CHAIRS, BLAZING SADDLES, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SILENT MOVIE, HIGH ANXIETY, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, SPACEBALLS, LIFE STINKS, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS and DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT.

His film company, Brooksfilms Limited, also produced critically acclaimed films such as THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE FLY, FRANCES, MY FAVORITE YEAR and 84 CHARRING CROSS ROAD.

For three successive seasons, 1997-1999, Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as Uncle Phil on the hit sitcom MAD ABOUT YOU.

Brooks received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for "The Producers: the New Mel Brooks Musical," which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. He followed that success with "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein," which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009, and both musicals continue to be performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

In 2009 Mel Brooks also received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture. His most recent projects include the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy special MEL BROOKS AND DICK CAVETT TOGETHER AGAIN and a career retrospective DVD box set titled "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy."