Mel Brooks is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and composer, who started his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show 'Your Show of Shows'. In 1961, he gained recognition for co-creating and co-hosting the comedy skit 'The 2000 Year Old Man' with Carl Reiner. He also co-created the successful television comedy series 'Get Smart' (1965-1970).
In 1967, he wrote and directed the satirical-comedy 'The Producers' (1967), which won him an 'Academy Award'. He continued to produce many successful movies in the following years, including 'The Twelve Chairs' (1970), 'Blazing Saddles' (1974), 'Young Frankenstein' (1974), 'Silent Movie' (1976), 'High Anxiety' (1977), 'History of the World, Pt. I' (1981), and 'Spaceballs' (1987). While his 1993 musical adventure comedy film 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' received mixed reviews, it became one of his top grossing films alongside 'Spaceballs'. However, the movies 'Life Stinks' (1991) and 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It' (1995) were critical and commercial failures.
On television, he won three 'Emmy Awards' for his guest appearance on the NBC sitcom 'Mad About You' (1996-99). His first film, 'The Producers', was adapted into a Broadway play in 2001 and won him a 'Tony Award'.