Mel Brooks

Biography: Mel Brooks is the grand master of movie satire and one of Hollywood's most successful and autonomous filmmakers. He was born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family on June 28, 1926, in Brooklyn. In 1964 he married actress Anne Bancroft.


Brooks' career began in the forties in the military. He was serving as a combat engineer in the US Army, and took part in the deactivation of land mines after the Battle of the Bulge. After the battle the Germans broadcasted propaganda to the American troops via loudspeakers, and Brooks was known to respond by doing an Al Jolson imitation of "Toot Toot Tootsie." During this time Brooks also organized shows for fellow servicemen.
After returning to the states, Brooks began working as a stand-up comedian in the "Borscht Belt"- a string of Catskills resorts, and changed his name to avoid confusion with the musician Max Kaminsky. On the resort scene Brooks gained little income but earned great personal satisfaction. He was known for his
odd antics, including during one show jumping fully clothed into a swimming pool, which earned him a few laughs. His first acting role was in Red Bank, New Jersey, starring in Clifford Odets' drama "GOLDEN BOY." Expand

Mel Brooks' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 63
Highest Metascore: 97 The Producers (re-release)
Lowest Metascore: 46 Spaceballs
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
7 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
59 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mar 7, 2014 Cast / Albert Einstein / Sigmund Freud / Albert Einstein 6.7
54 Get Smart Jun 20, 2008 Characters 7.2
52 The Producers Dec 16, 2005 Producer / Writer / Screenplay 7.7
64 Robots Mar 11, 2005 Bigweld 6.6
97 The Producers (re-release) Jun 7, 2002 Director / Written By 8.5
46 Spaceballs Jun 24, 1987 Director / Producer / Written By / President Skroob/Yogurt 8.0
69 The Muppet Movie Jun 22, 1979 Professor Max Krassman 8.3