Mel Brooks Biography

Mel Brooks Biography

Mel Brooks, former name is Melvin Kaminsky, born on June 28, 1926, Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer, lyricist, director, and producer. He is an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar Award winner. His best of three, ‘Blazing Saddles’, ‘The Producers’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ were ranked in the Top 20 out of 100 in American film history. He acted in the film division since 1949. (Still alive)

  • Original Name: Melvin James Kaminsky
  • Spouse: Anne Bancroft (m. 1964–2005), Florence Baum (m. 1953–1962)
  • Children: Max Brooks, Stephanie Brooks, Eddie Brooks, Nicky Brooks
  • Plays: The Producers, Young Frankenstein, New Faces of 1952, All American, Shinbone Alley
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter, Television Actor, Television Producer


Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Kate (née Brookman), a garment worker, and mother, Max Kaminsky, a process server. His is a Jewish. His father was died at 34, because of kidney disease.

Scholastic History

Mel Brooks studied in elementary Public School 19, Francis Scott Key Junior High, and Abraham Lincoln High School at Williamsburg in Brooklyn. He joined in the Army in 1944. He learnt basics at the Virginia Military Institute. Later, he completed his training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and he promoted into war in 1945. He finished his service at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Television Career

He started career as a comedy writer for television in the beginning. He enlisted into a successful comedy series ‘Your Show of Shows’ with Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner.

Film Career

Later, Mel Brooks came into film industry, and worked as an actor, writer, director and producer. He made his first animated picture ‘The Critic’, released in 1963 and gained the Academy Award. He made his first feature film, and Oscar award winning ‘The Producers’, released in 1968. His fiscally great successful films were Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which released in 1974. Now, Brooks is working on a sequel of spaceballs. ‘Spaceballs The Animated Series’, a G4 TV Series, commenced on September 21, 2008.

Marital Life

Mel Brooks had two spouses. He wedded Florence Baum in 1951. They had three siblings, Stephanie, Nicky, and Eddie. Later, they divorced in 1961. Brooks married Anne Bancroft, an actress at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau in 1964. They had only one son, Maximillian (1972). Anne died with uterine cancer in 2005.


Mel Brooks gained many awards in film history.

  • He won the first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film ‘The Producers (1968)’.
  • He gained an Emmy Award for ‘Mad About You’, a television comedy series (1997 to 1999).
  • He got the three Tony Awards for the ‘Best Musical’, ‘Best Book of a Musical’ and ‘Best Original Score’ for the movie ‘The Producers (2001)’.

Mel Brooks Lost his friend Dom DeLuise on May 4, 2009. His friend, longtime coworker, and comedian Dom DeLuise was died with high blood pressure and diabetes on May 4, 2009, at a sickbay of Santa Monica, Calif.

Dom DeLuise acted as a comedian for a decade (1960 to 1970) in television domain. He especially acted in a half-dozen Mel’ directed classical comedy pictures, such as ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘History of the World Part I’. He played a peculiar role ‘Emperor Nero’ in the film ‘History of the World Part I’. He was the mainframe of Mel’s directed television shows ‘Star Wars’, and ‘Spaceballs’ (1987).

Mel Said, "Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy. He will be missed in a very big way."


“I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know.”
- Mel Brooks

“Oh, I'm not a true genius. I'm a near genius. I would say I'm a short genius. I'd rather be tall and normal than a short genius.”
- Mel Brook

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.
- Mel Brooks

“Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.”
- Mel Brooks

“Tragedy is when I stub my toe. Comedy is when you fall into an open manhole and die.”
- Mel Brooks

“I'm still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up.”
- Mel Brooks

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
- Mel Brooks