Stroman: Brooks is still in mourning

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Personal tragedy, as well as comic and musical sensibility, connected Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman as they created "The Producers" musical.

Hollywood is ready to 'Get Smart'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The stars are aligned for Hollywood's big screen version of the classic TV comedy "Get Smart."

Brooks mulls 'Young Frank' stage version

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Legendary producer Mel Brooks of "The Producers" fame is working on a Broadway version of his 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein."

TV's 'Queer Eye' star joins 'Producers'

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- TV's "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy" culture guru Jai Rodriguez is getting ready to join the Broadway production of "The Producers."

'Get Smart' star Don Adams dead at 82

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Actor Don Adams, best known for his role as Maxwell Smart on TV's Emmy Award-winning comedy "Get Smart," has died in Los Angeles at age 82.

Schneider praises the R-rated comedy

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Rob Schneider says he is glad audiences are flocking to R-rated comedy films like "Wedding Crashers."

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2005 with 186 to follow.
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Cancer claims actress Anne Bancroft, 73

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft, best remembered for her role in "The Graduate," has died in New York of cancer at age 73, a family spokesman said.

Producers' touring companies close

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- The two touring companies of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" are packing their trunks and going home.

Barney Martin, Seinfeld's 'dad,' dies

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Barney Martin, a former police detective who became an actor and wound up as Jerry Seinfeld's dad on the "Seinfeld" sitcom, has died. He was 82.

'Producers' wins big at Oliver Awards

LONDON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks' "The Producers" was the big winner at Britain's Olivier Awards, taking home awards for Best New Musical and Best Actor.

Back on Broadway: Lane and Broderick

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who helped make Mel Brooks' "The Producers" a major Broadway hit, will team up again for "The Odd Couple."

'Mary Poppins' tops Olivier nominations

LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The British theatrical production of "Mary Poppins" has garnered nine nominations for the prestigious Olivier Awards.

'Spaceballs' TV series planned

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Plans are under way in Hollywood for a TV version of Mel Brooks' 1987 sci-fi spoof "Spaceballs," Daily Variety said Thursday.

Aching back sidelines actor Lane

LONDON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Slipped discs sidelined actor Nathan Lane, the second lead to pull out of London's West End rendition of "The Producers" with back problems, the BBC said.
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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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