Mel Brooks Turns 90 Years Old Today

June 28, 2016 — Mel Brooks, one of the funniest men in show business, turns 90 years old today.

An actor, comedian, filmmaker, composer and songwriter, Mr. Brooks is an American original. His movies and plays combine farce, vulgarity, dirty jokes, slapstick elements and anything else Mr. Brooks has wanted to throw into the mix. 

He loves to satirize old Hollywood, finding inspiration in classic westerns (Blazing Saddles is considered by many to be his funniest film), Alfred Hitchcock (High Anxiety), horror films (Young Frankenstein), Robin Hood (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), science fiction films (Spaceballs) and silent films (Silent Movie), among others.

In an act of fearlessness, he chose to make a musical comedy about Adolph Hitler for his very first film. The Producers was audacious, tasteless and laugh-out-loud funny. The film was so outrageous that major studios would not touch it. Eventually it was released as an art film. It would become immensely popular, and the next year Brooks won an Oscar for the screenplay — beating out Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In 2001 he would turn the idea into a musical for Broadway. It was a smash hit which would be nominated for 15 Tonys (a record at the time) and would win in every single category in which it was nominated (it received two in the Best Actor category and three for Best Featured Actor).

Of course, he would also produce a number of serious films as well — The Elephant Man, The Fly, 84 Charing Cross Road, The Doctor and the Devils, among others.

So far, over the course of a remarkable career, Mr. Brooks has won 2 Oscars®, 4 Emmys®, 2 Grammys® and 3 Tony® Awards.

In honor of the birthday of this remarkable American icon, watch Life Stinks, a comedy/drama which Mr. Brooks wrote, directed, produced and starred in.
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