Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks


6/28/1926, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Melvin Kaminsky



Also Known As

Melvin Brooks
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Mel Brooks is the grand master of movie satire and one of Hollywood's most successful and autonomous filmmakers. He was born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family on June 28, 1926, in Brooklyn. In 1964 he married actress Anne Bancroft. Brooks' career began in the forties in…more


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    • Mel Brooks: When I write, I always use a pencil. Whenever you use a typewriter or write something on a computer, it always looks too neat and official. Like you can't change a word because someone has approved it. With a pencil you can cross out, erase, change things around...when I write I need to be flexible.

    • Mel Brooks: People are continually saying to me...'You've done The Producers and Young Frankenstein on Broadway, when are you going to do Blazing Saddles?' And I say 'I'd love to, but I'd have to take out the front five rows for the Campfire scene'.

    • Mel Brooks: Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.

    • Mel Brooks: I never wanted to do The Producers as a musical, but I got in this world of costumes and scenery, and people singing and dancing, I mean it was just thrilling. It was like, suddenly, we were in Singing in the Rain. Except even better… we won 12 Tonys!

    • Mel: If Presidents don't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.

    • Mel: The final test of fame is to have some crazy person imagine he is you.

    • Mel Brooks: I'm the only Jew who ever made a buck offa Hitler!

    • Mel Brooks: As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.

    • Mel Brooks: I cut my finger. That's tragedy. A man walks into an open sewer and dies. That's comedy.

    • Mel Brooks: Critics can't even make music by rubbing their back legs together.

    • Mel Brooks: My movies rise below vulgarity.