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date: 02 July 2020

Brooks, Mel free

Born Brooklyn 28 June 1926 m Florence Baum; two s one d; m 1964, Anne Bancroft (d 2005); one s

producer, writer, director, actor


TV script writer for series: Your Show of Shows, 1950–54; Caesar’s Hour, 1954–57; (co-created) Get Smart, 1965. Films: (cartoon) The Critic (Academy Award), 1964; writer and director: The Producers (Academy Award), 1968 (adapted for stage, NY, 2001 (3 Tony Awards), Th. Royal, London, 2004 (Critics’ Circle Award, Olivier Award, 2005), Royal Exchange, Manchester, 2018); Young Frankenstein, 1974 (adapted for stage, Garrick, London, 2017); writer, director and actor: The Twelve Chairs, 1970; Blazing Saddles, 1974; Silent Movie, 1976; writer, director, actor and producer: High Anxiety, 1977; History of the World Part 1, 1981; Spaceballs, 1987; Life Stinks, 1991; Robin Hood: Men in Tights, 1993; Dracula: Dead and Loving It, 1995; actor, producer: To Be Or Not To Be, 1983. Film productions include: The Elephant Man, 1980; The Fly; Frances; My Favorite Year; 84 Charing Cross Road. Several album recordings. Kennedy Center Honor, 2009. BFI Fellowship, 2015; BAFTA Fellowship, 2017


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