Mel Brooks is an American Actor and a creator of broad film slapsticks and comic parodies. Mel Brooks is also famous as a producer, director, writer, composer and a highly appraised comedian. He with his co-fellow Buck Henry created the hit Television comedy series ‘Get Smart’, which ran from 1965 to 1970.
- Birthday: June 28, 1926 (age 91)
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: German-Jews
- Profession: Actor, Director, writer, music composer
Family and Personal Life:
Mel Brooks married Anne Bancroft in 1964. Mel and his wife Anne are respected for their versatility and acting power. The award-winning couple is famous for their method acting and high contribution in the cinema as an actor, director, and a writer.
Mel was born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York City to father James Kaminsky and mother Kate Kaminsky. His Father died of Kidney failure at the age of 34 when Mel was just 2. He once said of his father’s death, “There’s an outrage there. I may be angry at God, or at the world, for that. And I’m sure a lot of my comedy is based on anger and hostility. Growing up in Williamsburg, I learned to clothe it in comedy to spare myself problems—like a punch in the face.
- Parents: Kate Kaminsky (mother) James Kaminsky (father)
- Wife: Anne Bancroft
- Children: Max Brooks, Stephanie Brooks, Nicky Brooks, Eddie Brooks
- Marital Status: Married
Mel was happily married to Anne Bancroft for 4 decades until she closed her eyes for peace in 2005. The couple was in courtship for few years before getting married. They have a son Max Brooks together. The couple was never involved in any kind of controversies despite being together for 40 or more years. They always stood by each other in every thick and thins and were highly devoted to one another.
Before Falling for the gorgeous Anne he was married to Florence Baum for 9 years. They had three children Stephanie Brooks, Nicky Brooks, Eddie Brooks together. The couple ended their marriage with divorce in 1962.
Brooks attended Abraham Lincoln High School and later graduated from Eastern District High School. Before being drafted into the army in 1944 he went to Brooklyn College for a year as a psychology major.
Mel after his graduation attended the Army Specialized training program conducted at the Virginia Military Institute. There he served as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division, defusing land mines during World War II in the United States Army.
According to sources he had three elder brothers Irving, Lenny and Bernie Kaminsky, but there is not much information about his family members and siblings on the web.
Body Measurements and Lifestyle:
Mel Brooks has an average body measurement and stands in an average height. Mel from his childhood was a small built person and often was teased by his classmates in school. He as a child had a fragile and frail kind of health.
He once talked about his height and personality in an interview and said ‘My energy level is high. But you got to be short. I’m 5-foot-7, and if you’re little, you avoid problems. During combat in World War II, the little guys missed a lot of the gunfire but the tall ones got shot’.
- Height:5 feet 7 inches (170cm)
- Weight: N/A
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- Plastic Surgery: N/A
Mel Brooks started his career as a US Army and served as a corporal during the World War II. Brooks Later joined the television industry as a comic and a writer for the TV variety show ‘Your Show of Shows’.
After the war, for several years Brooks performed many theatrical shows and touched everyone’s heart. He also started working in various nightclubs and resorts as a drummer and pianist. Around this time he changed his name Mel Brooks from his mother’s Maiden name Brookeman after being confused with Max Kaminsky the Borscht Belt trumpet player.
- 1950-1954: He created and worked in a hit Comedy Sitcom Get Ready with his fellow Buck Henry.
- 1971-1977: Gave his voice for ‘The Electric Company’.
- 1996-99: Worked as uncle Phill in Mad About You.
He found more opportunity in the industry working as a small level actor and then thought of moving behind the scene where he saw himself growing as a comic writer for television. With the good spirit of working, he with his friends started television sitcoms like Caesar’s hour, Get Smart, The New Steve Allen Show, The Electric Company and many more.
For many years he worked in a character role and as a composer and a writer.Then by late 60’s Brooks jumped into direction and production. His first movie as a debut director ‘The Producer’ made him receive an Oscar award for best screenplay.
His career reached heights with highly financially successful movies likes Blazing Saddles, which was then the second highest grossing movie of the year 1974. The movie collected $119.5 million worldwide. Most of his films were successful financially like Young Frankenstein, High Noon, Once Upon a Time in the West, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre etc.
Brooks is all about sarcasm and parody. During his career span, he wrote and portrayed many parodies and comedy sitcoms. Some of his notable parodies were The Producers, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and many more.
Not only in mainstream cinema had Mil had a good approach and sense of writing for the television series. He with his friends wrote, directed and produced many comic series and television movies. The 2000-year-old man, Fraiser, The Simpsons, Dora the Explorer, The Nutt House are some of the notable contributions of Brooks in the television.
Among hundreds of his creations,three of his movies were listed in the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list: Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Brooks at the age of 91 is still giving his level best to the industry be it by his voice to the character or by giving creative criticism to the upcoming comedy stars.
In the recent years, Brooks has given justice to the comic character by lending them his voice. The characters like Vlad (Hotel Transylvania) Mr.Roughman (The Guardian Brothers), Shogun (Blazing Samurai) are some of his latest voice roles.
Salary and Net Worth 2018:
Mel Brooks Net Worth is estimated at $85 million. Brooks earned a good amount of salary and worth from his nearly seven-decade-long career in the television and film industry.
Brook is one of the few people who earned an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy award. No wonder if he has been paid a huge weekly salary of 50k dollars for writing the NBC series Admiral Broadway Revue.
- Salary: $50,000 (weekly)
- Net Worth: $85 million
He was one of the lucky people to receive the Kennedy Centre honors for the performing arts on December 5, 2009. He was also honored in a handprint and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre. His concrete hand print includes a six-fingered left hand, as he wore a prosthetic finger in the making. He was also awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship from the British Film Industry.