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Mel Brooks is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and producer, best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies or, as he says, ‘spoofs’.
He started out in show business as a stand-up comic before becoming a comedy writer for television, and working on Sid Cesar’s ‘Your Show of Shows.’ In 1961he and Sid Reiner created the persona of the ‘2000 Year Old Man,’ a collection of ad-libbed comedy routines made into a series of comedy records.
He later moved into film, working as an actor, director, writer and producer. Brooks’ first film, ‘The Producers’ (1968), was given an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and turned into one of the most popular Broadway shows in later years. Among his most popular films have been ‘Young Frankenstein’ (co-written with Gene Wilder), and “Blazing Saddles” (co-written with Richard Pryor), both of which were released in 1974.
Brooks is one of a select group who have received an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy.