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Mel Brooks

June 28, 2007

Hey, Torquemada, what do you know?

Not only is Mel Brooks a legend of comedy, he’s also getting pretty old, and I figured I better use him before he kicks the bucket.  Brooks attained a degree of notoriety with his 2000-Year-Old Man shtick before making his own movies.   Brooks’ first movie was The Producers which of course was later made into a musical, and then it in turn was made into a movie.

The 70s were Brook’s best decade in film with The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, and High Anxiety.  With the 80s, Brooks seemingly wanted to outdo himself in terms of vulgarity, and likely hit the bullseye with History of the World Part: I.  He followed it up with Spaceballs which gives Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein a run for the money in terms of his best work.  The 90s saw a marked drop in quality with Life Stinks, Robing Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

After the bitter letdown of the 90s, Brooks has just wallowed in the rehashed success of The Producers, and more power to him.  Apparently, he also has an animated series, Spaceballs: The Animated Series, in the works.  I find it hard to believe this will be anything more than a horrible malignancy on the goodness that is the Spaceballs name.

Brooks is 81.

Other birthdays: John Cusack, Kathy Bates, Lalla Ward, and John Elway.

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