Hitler, horror and hero parodies – Mel Brooks celebrates his birthday today.
Angels Melvin Kaminsky It belongs with artists like John Legend Whoopi Goldberg And the Audrey Hepburn for a shiny set. Only a dozen people have won an Oscar Amy, Tony And the Grammy Won – including the multidisciplinary player named after the artist Mel Brooks.
The comedian star, who pretends to be a “failed author, director, actor, producer, and dairy farmer” on his Twitter page, turns 95 today — and still makes people laugh with his pungent jokes.
Born in Brooklyn, Melvin Kaminsky, the son of Jewish immigrants from Gdansk and Kiev, he has always been known for his quirky sense of humor. His director’s surprising debut film “The Producers” (1968, “Spring for Hitler”) about Nazis, showgirls and Broadway producers earned him an Oscar for Best Screenplay. In 2001, “The Producers” appeared on stage as a Broadway musical. There the Hitler simulator became a sensation.
Brooks of all levels has also won an Emmy and a Grammy, placing him among a small group of artists who have won awards in all four categories – film, television, theater and music. In 2010, Brooks was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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