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Mel Brooks to pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

Mel Brooks to pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks has been booked on Tuesday's edition of "Conan" to talk about his late friend and collaborator Sid Caesar, TBS said.
TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Comedy icon Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., his friend Carl Reiner told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. He was 91.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 28, 2013.
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Scorsese to present Brooks with AFI's highest honor

Scorsese to present Brooks with AFI's highest honor

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- Director Martin Scorsese is to present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award, organizers announced.
Goldberg, Lopez appear in Pryor documentary

Goldberg, Lopez appear in Pryor documentary

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- George Lopez, Bob Newhart and Mike Epps will be seen in "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," a documentary to air in the United States on Showtime.

Merkel: Compromise possible on EU

LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was open to compromise Wednesday after British Prime Minister David Cameron called for weaker ties with Europe.

Alex Karras, football star and actor, dies

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Alex Karras, a Pro Bowl-caliber football player who went on to a second successful career as an actor has died. He was 77.
AFI to honor Mel Brooks

AFI to honor Mel Brooks

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute says it will present comedian-writer-director Mel Brooks with its Life Achievement Award at a Hollywood gala next year.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 28, 2012.
By United Press International
AFI to honor Mel Brooks, David Lynch

AFI to honor Mel Brooks, David Lynch

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute says it plans to honor writer-director-producers Mel Brooks and David Lynch.
Tony Danza to bring 'Vegas' to B'way

Tony Danza to bring 'Vegas' to B'way

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Television actor Tony Danza is to star in a Broadway musical based on the 1992 film "Honeymoon in Vegas" in spring 2013, the show's producers said Monday.

Actor Kenneth Mars dead at 75

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Film and television actor Kenneth Mars has died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Granada Hills, Calif., his family said. He was 75.

Charlie Callas missed by Hollywood

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Producer Mel Brooks called Charlie Callas, who died in Las Vegas this week, a one-man cast of characters who will be missed by his fellow comedians.
TV Land honors tops in TV nostalgia

TV Land honors tops in TV nostalgia

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Celebrities Tom Hanks, Jay Leno and Paula Abdul were on hand when TV Land presented its eighth annual awards show in Los Angeles.
Baldwin, Roth to attend TCM film fest

Baldwin, Roth to attend TCM film fest

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin, Tim Roth and Esther Williams are confirmed to take part in the upcoming first TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, organizers said.
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NYP2001042012 - 20 APRIL 2001- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Mel Brooks acknowledges the opening night ovation April 19, 2001, for the Broadway musical production based on Brooks' 1967 film The Producers. Brooks served as composer, lyricist, book writer and producer for this film to stage adaptation. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.

Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Maximilian Kaminsky and his wife Kate (née Brookman). His father's family were German Jews from the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (modern Polish port of Gdansk); his mother's family were Russian Jews from Kiev. His father died of kidney disease when Brooks was only two years old.

Brooks was a small, sickly boy who was often bullied and picked on by his classmates. Taking on the comically aggressive job of Tummler (master entertainer) in various Catskills resorts, he gradually gained in confidence. Following high school, he attended the Army Specialized Training Program conducted at the Virginia Military Institute (although not actually as a VMI cadet) and served in the United States Army as a corporal during World War II, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge.

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