He Made Us Laugh
Mel Brooks was born on June 28, 1926. He is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies.
He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner, The 2000 Year Old Man.
In middle age he became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top ten money makers of the year that they were released. His most well known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
More recently he has had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. He was married to the actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005.
The Short List
Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award.
He received the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time, all of which ranked in the top 20 of the list: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.
On December 5, 2009 Brooks was one of five recipients of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C.
On April 23, 2010 Brooks was awarded the 2,406th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The List of Works Goes On and On
The body of Brooks’ work is enormous. Film, stage, television, recordings all have been his artistic playground.
These works never failed to make one laugh sometimes until the tears were rolling one’s cheeks.
So, What Is His Value to the Human Race?
Just that ability to have people laugh. Laughter helps keep one healthy and happy. Mel Brooks in producing that laughter for humankind has done us all a wonderful service.
And, of course, he had a cast of characters all around him to help make this all happen. No one does anything of significance without others to aid them. However, it is the force of personality and the inspiration of one individual that forges the product – whatever that final ware might be – horseshoes or laughter.
So, What Is Your Value to the Human Race?
Have you helped someone laugh today? Of course, that may not be you talent. Then what is your talent? Develop your endowment until you become useful, first to yourself, then to your sibling human beings.
Make the best horseshoe you can.
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