Mel Brooks is one of the most recognizable American directors in history. He began his career by making comedy shorts, which then led him to create popular television shows like “The Producers” and “Get Smart.” Many people know about his work in film and theater, but what do we really know about Mel Brooks? Here are some facts that may surprise you.

Mel Brooks’ Early Life

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks was born on June 28, 1926 in New York City. His parents were Celia (Klein) and Isaac Brooks, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. He had a younger sister named Joan. In 1939, when he was nine years old, his family moved to Los Angeles.

Brooks’ father sold clothing but died in 1942 from pneumonia before the family could move back to New York City. Mel Brooks dropped out of high school at age sixteen and began working as a messenger boy for Warner Brothers studios.

In 1943, at age seventeen, he wrote his first screenplay “The Three Musketeers.” 

In 1948, while still working for Warner Brothers studios, he met Dorothy Fields, who helped him write “Springtime for Hitler.” From there on out he became known as one of the most famous comedy writers in Hollywood history.

Mel Brooks’ Filmography

“The Producers”, “Get Smart”, “Young Frankenstein” (1974), “Silent Movie” (1976), “History of the World Part I” (1981), “Spaceballs: The Adventures of Lone Starr and Barf” (1987), “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993) 

Most people may know that Mel Brooks made films, but they don’t know which films he actually directed. They usually only recognize his name because the films were popular, which is true for most directors. What many people don’t know is that there are only a few films that Mel Brooks actually directed. For example, you probably don’t know how many films Mel Brooks directed himself in. He didn’t direct any of his films from 1974-1983 during that time period, but he did direct the film “Spaceballs: The Adventures of Lone Starr and Barf.”

Mel Brooks was born in 1926, which makes him 112 years old today. He’s also Jewish, making him one of the few Jewish Hollywood directors in history. In fact, aside from Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks is one of the only directors who was still working after becoming 100 years old!

Mel Brooks’ Awards

Mel Brooks has received many awards throughout his career including a Golden Globe, two Academy Awards, three BAFTAs, an Emmy and a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.

Mel Brooks’ West End Musical

While his best-known films are comedies, Mel Brooks is currently working on a West End musical. The show will be about Napoleon Bonaparte and is expected to be completed in 2020.

What We Don’t Know About Mel Brooks?

Many people know about his work in film and theater, but what do we really know about Mel Brooks? Here are some facts that may surprise you.

Some of the most popular actors in history have worked with Mel Brooks. His films have been nominated for 21 Academy Awards, as well as winning six Oscars.

Many people don’t know much about Mel Brooks’s personal life. He was married to one woman from 1957-1965, but didn’t get remarried until 1988.


The life of Mel Brooks is one of the most interesting, entertaining and infamous in the world of film. There is so much more to know about the life and career of Mel Brooks, but what we know and what we don’t is a great start.


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