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This is the section for all our "FUN" Mel Brooks information - please enjoy!


Did You Know?


... that Mel Brooks served as an Army corporal during World War II.

... that although Mel Brooks doesn't play an actual musical instrument, he is an accomplished composer, having written the music and lyrics for many of the songs from his movies. He was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Blazing Saddles. He also wrote all the songs for his Broadway musical version of The Producers. How does that process work you might ask, he hums the melody of his songs to a collaborator who then makes up the sheet music.

... that Mel Brooks and screenwriter/actor Buck Henry created the popular Spy Spoof TV Sitcom, Get Smart.

...that Mel Brooks was married to accomplished actress Anne Bancroft until her death in 2005. Anne is probably best known for her work in The Graduate. Anne has appeared in three of Mel's movies, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Silent Movie and To Be or Not To Be.

... that Mel Brooks was responsible for bringing The Elephant Man to the screen. He and his partner purchased the rights to the story and he acted as the Executive Producer of the movie. When the movie was first released, he had his name taken off the publicity materials because he was afraid that his history as a comedy writer would taint people's view of this serious drama.

...that Mel Brooks belongs to a very exclusive group of people who have won: a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony and an Academy Award.

... that Mel Brooks teamed up with Carl Reiner to create the memorable 2000 Year Old Man Comedy Routine. It led to a Grammy Award winning album

... that Mel Brooks earned Emmy Awards three years in a row for his Guest appearances as Uncle Phil on Mad About You. Here's a clip:




... that his Tony and Oscars came from The Producers The Movie and The Producers the Broadway Play.



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Spaceballs


Mel Funn ( Silent Movie ):

"Hello, Mr. Marceau? Je suis Funn. How would you like to be in the first silent film to be made in Hollywood in over 50 years?"




For which legendary television comedian did Mel Brooks work as a staff writer?

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