Stars lining up for TCM film fest

Stars lining up for TCM film fest

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Anjelica Huston, Danny Huston, Eva Marie Saint and Illeana Douglas are to attend next month's TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, organizers said.
TV Land to honor 'Raymond' cast

TV Land to honor 'Raymond' cast

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- TV Land says it will honor comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, as well as the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond" at its awards ceremony in California.
Brooks to be featured guest at TCM fest

Brooks to be featured guest at TCM fest

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Turner Classic Movies says comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks is to be a featured guest at its upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Springsteen, Brooks up for Kennedy Honors

Springsteen, Brooks up for Kennedy Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen are to be this year's recipients of Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
Leachman may reprise 'Frankenstein' role

Leachman may reprise 'Frankenstein' role

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Cloris Leachman, the latest castoff from "Dancing with the Stars," said she has been asked to star in the Broadway musical version of "Young Frankenstein."

Louis Wolfson, tycoon and horseman, dies

BAL HARBOUR, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Louis Wolfson, a college dropout who became a multi-millionaire businessman and racehorse owner before going to prison, has died at 95 in Florida.

'Frankenstein' revenues remain a secret

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Broadway officials are concerned about "Young Frankenstein" producers' decision not to publicly disclose sales figures for their New York production.

Non-musicals dominate Broadway this year

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The play's the thing this fall on New York's Broadway as a dozen non-musicals -- and only three musicals -- will open before the end of the year.

'Young Frankenstein' gets Seattle premiere

SEATTLE , Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The new Mel Brooks musical "Young Frankenstein" premieres on stage in Seattle before heading to Broadway this fall, said Playbill.com.

Film makeup pioneer Tuttle dies at 95

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- William Tuttle, the innovative film makeup artist who paved the way for his craft to be recognized competitively, died in his California home at age 95. Tuttle, whose work in "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" is considered a milestone in makeup, died Monday at his

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'Producers' bows out of Broadway scene

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The curtain fell for the last time Sunday on the hit musical comedy "The Producers," which closed three days after its sixth anniversary on New York's Broadway.

'Producers' to end Broadway run

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- "The Producers," Mel Brooks' musical version of his movie by the same name, will close April 22 after a six-year, record-setting run on New York's Broadway.

Crooner Frankie Laine dies at 93

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Frankie Laine, whose booming voice found a home in songs as "I Believe" and "Mule Train," died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital in San Diego at the age of 93.

Ron Carey, Levitt on 'Barney Miller,' dies

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Ron Carey, the actor who played Officer Carl Levitt on the comedy hit "Barney Miller," died of a stroke in a Los Angeles hospital at age 71.
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Mel Brooks
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

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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