Born in 1927 in New York City, Melvin Kaminsky became what he is known today: an American film director, writer, and actor. His comic movies are often parodies of popular film genres. For examples, see the above node. Before Brooks began making films in the late 1960's, he was the creator of the classic television series "Get Smart" and a featured writer in Sid Caesar's television show, "Your Show of Shows". At this time he was also famous for the sketches he performed with Carl Reiner, another future comedic filmmaker, about a character Brooks played called the 2000-year-old man.

He also contributed to the following movies:
Holiday Greetings From the Ed Sullivan Show , Star
Mel Brooks - An Audience , Star
Mel Brooks Selections , Star
New Faces, 1954, Screenwriter
Caesar's Hour, 1957, Screenwriter
Timex All-Star Comedy Show, 1962, Star
Producers 1968, Director
Twelve Chairs, 1970, Star and director
Blazing Saddles, 1974, Star and director
Young Frankenstein, 1974, Director
Silent Movie, 1976, Star and director
High Anxiety, 1977, Director and star
2000 Year Old Man, 1978, Voice
Muppet Movie, 1979, Star,
History of the world, part 1, 1981, Director and star
To Be or Not to Be, 1983, Star
Spaceballs, 1987, Star and director
Life Stinks, 1991, Director and star
Robin Hood: Men in Tights, 1993, Screenwriter, producer, director, and star
Dracula: Dead and Loving It, 1996, Screenwriter, director and star
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch, 1997, featured
Screw Loose, 2000, Star

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