Mel Brooks Biography


Mel Brooks

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Birth Name: Mel Brooks
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Birth Sign: gemini
Age:   91 Years
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Creator of broad film farces and comic parodies, Mel Brooks is an Academy Awards, USA winner for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen. He is a multi talented guy; he is an actor, comedian as well as a filmmaker. He is also popular in the world for being the composer and songwriter. One of the most successful film directors in the history of Hollywood, Mel was born as Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York City, New York of United States of American. He was born and raised on the laps of James and Kate Kaminsky. He is an American and is of Polish, German and Russian descent.

On 26th of November 1953, Mel got married to Florence Baum. Sweet and lovely couple, Mel and Baum welcomed their first child together in 1956 and their first son Nicky Brooks was born at the end of 1957. Thought they were happily married, this married life came to an end on 20th of January 1962.

In 1962, when Mel was still married to Baum, he met love of his life Anne Bancroft. They met for the first time on the set of Perry Como. Anne was an actress from United States. After being in love for several years, they got married on 5th of August 1964. They welcomed their only child, Max Brooks in 1972. They were together until her death.

Mel lost his father to kidney disease when he was just 2 years old. Lonely and tragic boy, Mel was often bullied by his classmates. He induced the character of anger and animosity as a result of these tragic and abuses. In his early teens, he learned to play drums and then from the age of 14, he began earning money on his own. During the World War II, he served in the United States Army as a corporal and his main work there was defusing land mines. With the end of the war, he began playing drums in several nightclubs. Then one day, he performed there as a stand-up comic. That was an impressive performance. He also began his acting career after that. He is the writer of the movie, New Faces. His net worth is expected to be around $85 million dollars.

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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

1926 28th of June

One of the most successful film directors in the history of Hollywood, Mel was born as Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York City, New York of United States of American. He was born and raised on the laps of James and Kate Kaminsky. He is an American and is of Polish, German and Russian descent.

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His father died

1928

Mel Brooks was born to James and Kate Kaminsky. Mel lost his father to kidney disease when he was just 2 years old. Lonely and tragic boy, Mel was often bullied by his classmates. He induced the character of anger and animosity as a result of these tragic and abuses. 

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Began earning money by playing drums

1940

In his early teens, he learned to play drums. He learned how to play drums from Buddy Rich. Buddy Rich was a famous jazz drummer. Then from the age of 14, he began earning money on his own

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Joined US Army

1941

When he was pursuing his psychology major at Brooklyn College, he joined US Army. During the World War II, he served in the United States Army as a corporal and his main work there was defusing land mines.

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Began playing drums in the nightclubs

1946

With the end of the war, he began playing drums in several nightclubs. Then one day, he performed there as a stand-up comic. That was an impressive performance. He also began his acting career after that.

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Became the writer of the series, The Admiral Broadway Revue

1949

After he began his stand up career, he was well appreciated by many of his viewers. He then began writing comedy plays for the television and then finally in 1949, he was offered to write jokes for the television series, The Admiral Broadway Revue.

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Married to Florence Baum

1953 26th of November

On 26th of November 1953, Mel got married to Florence Baum. Florence Baum acted as a housewife. Sweet and lovely couple, Mel and Baum welcomed their first child together in 1956 and their first son Nicky Brooks was born at the end of 1957. 

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First child, Stephanie Brooks

1956 21st of February

He became father for the first time in his life in 1956. He and his first wife, Florence Baum welcomed their first child together on 21st of February and that time it was a daughter and they named her Stephanie Brooks. 

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Third child, Eddie Brooks

1959 24th of May

He became father for the third time in his life and that was in 1959. He and his first wife, Florence Baum gave birth to an actor Eddie Brooks on 24th of May. Eddie Brooks was in good health when he was born.

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Divorced with Florence Baum

1962 20th of January

Though Mel and Baum became parents of three lovely children, they decided to dissolve this married life and they finally got divorced on 20th of January 1962. Mel's extra affairs were rumored to be the reason behind this divorce.

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Married to Anne Bancroft

1964 5th of August

In 1962, when Mel was still married to Baum, he met love of his life Anne Bancroft. They met for the first time on the set of Perry Como. Anne was an actress from United States. After being in love for several years, they got married on 5th of August 1964. They welcomed their only child, Max Brooks in 1972. They were together until her death.

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Won Primetime Emmy Awards

1967

In 1956, for being the writer of the comic play, Caesar's Hour he got his first nomination in Primetime Emmy Awards. He was nominated in this award for Best Comedy Writing. However, he was honored with this award a decade later; he was honored with this award for the first time in 1967 for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety.

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Began his directorial career

1968

After writing several screen plays in many television shows and series, he began directing movies on his own. His first movie as a director is The Producers. He was also the writer of this movie. He also voice acted in this movie.

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Won Academy Awards, USA

1969

Academy Awards, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and he has also once been honored with this award. He won this award for the first time in 1969 for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen.

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Produced the movie, High Anxiety

1977

Creator of broad film farces and comic parodies, Mel Brooks began producing movies since 1977. His first movie as a producer was High Anxiety. He also played the character of Richard H. Thorndyke in this comic movie.

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