Fact: Veteran entertainer Mel Brooks will present his friend Steve Martin with the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award during a gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on 4 June (15). Brooks received the same honour in 2013.
Quote: "Gene Wilder said, 'I will not do the movie if you're in it.'" Actor/director Mel Brooks on why he doesn't appear in his cult classic Young Frankenstein.
Fact: Veteran comedian Mel Brooks left an eccentric mark when he made his hand and foot prints outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday (08Sep14) - he wore a prosthetic sixth finger on his left hand, leaving the outline of 11 digits in the cement.
Quote: "I'm still seriously thinking about it. I think it'll work. I've written a couple of songs already. I just have to talk to people... and think about how to do it. I'd like to open it up in Houston (Texas) or something. If it goes there, it will go anywhere." Filmmaker and showman Mel Brooks is still hoping to turn his irreverent 40-year-old cult movie Blazing Saddles into a stage musical.
Quote: "I have people coming in to give me awards. Every 45 minutes, roughly, someone will knock on my door and give me the United Jewish something or other. I always get an award every day." Veteran filmmaker Mel Brooks on his many accolades.
Quote: "I've got all the awards I need, but if I run out of money, I can pay the rent selling my Emmys, Grammys, Oscar and Tonys on eBay." Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks on his secret pension plan.
Fact: Funnyman Mel Brooks replaced Robert Downey, Jr. as a guest on U.S. late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the last minute on Thursday (02May13) when the Iron Man 3 star's interview had to be rescheduled to next week (beg06May13). The actor/director insisted host Kimmel ask him the questions he had prepared for Downey, Jr. Quizzed about the most difficult part of making the Iron Man sequel, Brooks said, "The breathing... They put you in that goddamn tin can and it's hard. It's Ok for half an hour... but then you're fighting to get some (air)." He also joked that "rust" was the worst thing about being in the suit.
Fact: Mel Brooks and Tippi Hedren were among the stars who paid tribute to late actor John Forsythe at the Hollywood Park racetrack on Sunday (23May10). Racing fan Forsythe died on 1 April (10) and his famous friends showed up at the races in Los Angeles for the day's second race meeting, which was dedicated to the former Dynasty star.
Fact: Funnyman Mel Brooks is to be honoured with the 2,406th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The man behind cult films Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Blazing Saddles will unveil his star in front of the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on 23 April (10).
Quote: "Anytime I'm depressed, all I've got to do is sit in the audience of Young Frankenstein and listen to the roars, the gales of laughter rolling over me." Mel Brooks cheers himself up with trips to the theatre - to see his own show.
Quote: "I think when all my awards go to e-Bay, it will be the last. That's how much I treasure it." Funnyman Mel Brooks was touched after receiving a Kennedy Center medallion, recognising his contributions to American culture, on Saturday (05Dec09).
Quote: "I used to be a drummer... and, as a comedy writer, I know where the rimshots are." Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks insists he knows when something's funny.
Quote: "I'm gonna keep one of each and put the rest on eBay. That should raise a few bucks." Mel Brooks reflects on the fate of his glittering array of Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Oscar awards.
Fact: Movie-maker SCOTT MARSHALL turned to his TV mogul father GARRY to play the Jewish grandfather in new comedy KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS, when Mel Brooks and Martin Landau refused to disrobe for a skinny-dipping scene.
Quote: "I started rap... I did it just to promote HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I. I was KING LOUIS XVI and I was promoting (the film). Then, later, (I did) a little short called THE HITLER RAP." Movie mogul Mel Brooks insists he's the godfather of rap.
Quote: <p>""Without Nathan Lane and MATTHEW BRODERICK I would be living in a little motel just around the corner here, trying to make ends meet." The Producers creator Mel Brooks pays tribute to the stars of the Broadway, New York show and movie as they both received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (09JAN06). </p>