Friday, June 28, 2013
Today is Mel Brooks' 87th birthday and we wish him a very happy one and many more in the years ahead.
This has been quite a year for Mel. He was the recipient of a Life Achievement award from the American Film Institute. He was the subject of a PBS American Masters TV Special, achieved an Honorary Fine Arts Degree from the AFI, and released a new 5-DVD comedy collection.
After returning home from World War II, Mel got his start in stand-up comedy at the Butler Lodge in Hurleyville, New York, in the Catskills Borscht Belt. He went on to become a film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor, and producer.
To mark his 87th birthday, we're sharing a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg at the TCM Classic Film Fest. In the interview, he reflects on how he got his start in comedy, how he first crossed paths with Sid Caesar, and the legacy he'd like his films to leave.
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