Mel Brooks gets Walk of Fame star

HOLLYWOOD — Mel Brooks received the 2,406th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring him for writing and directing such films as "Blazing Saddles,'' "Young Frankenstein'' and the original version of "The Producers.''

Carl Reiner, who teamed with Brooks in the classic comedy sketch, "The 2000 Year Old Man,'' Brooks' son Max, an author who once wrote for "Saturday Night Live,'' and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne joined Brooks in speaking in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Egyptian Theatre.

Brooks received his star in conjunction with the inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival, at which he was tabbed to take part in a discussion at a screening of the 1968 version of "The Producers.'' The film follows two bungling Broadway producers who try to stage a flop musical based on Adolf Hitler — but the show turns out to be a hit.

"We also have to thank Adolf Hitler, because he helped me,'' Brooks joked during the ceremony. "He helped me a lot.''

Reiner noted that his own Walk of Fame star was across the street from Brooks' star.

"My star, when there's not traffic in the middle of the night, will be watching your star,'' Reiner said.

Born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn on June 28, 1926, Brooks began his career as a stand-up comic, then became a writer for the classic early television variety series "Your Show of Shows'' from 1950-54.

Brooks' first feature film was "The Producers,'' which he wrote and directed, receiving an Academy Award for best original screenplay.

Known for his spoofs, Brooks also wrote and directed "The Twelve Chairs,'' "Silent Movie,'' "High Anxiety,'' "History of the World, Part I,'' "Spaceballs,'' "Life Stinks,'' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights'' and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It.''

Brooks also created the classic television spy spoof "Get Smart'' with Buck Henry and wrote and narrated "The Critic,'' a short satire that received an Academy Award as best animated short subject in 1964.

Brooks is among 10 artists to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories.

Brooks won three consecutive Emmys for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his role as Uncle Phil on "Mad About You,''; Grammys for best spoken comedy album for "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000,'' best musical show album for "The Producers'' and best long form music video for the DVD "Recording the Producers -- A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks''; and best musical, best original musical score and best book of a musical Tony Awards for "The Producers.''

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