Mel Brooks (Author) Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including 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 had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. He was married to Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. Three of Brooks' classics have appeared on AFI's 100 best comedies of all-time. Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.