Tuesday October 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Writer/ director/ producer/ actor and all-around funnyman Mel Brooks has been named the recipient of the 41st American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

"Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy -- as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king," Howard Stringer, chairman of AFI’s board of trustees said in a statement about the man behind the trailblazing comedies "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," "Producers" and "Spaceballs," to name just a few projects.

Brooks will be given the award at a gala tribute on June 6, 2013, in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast on TNT.

Brooks, 86, one of only 14 entertainment figures to have been awarded a grand slam of prizes in the arts with an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, was married to the late Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft.

He wrote and directed the classic "The Producers" with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, for which he won the Oscar for best screenplay. In 2001, he turned "The Producers" into a smash Broadway musical earning a record 12 Tony Awards. -- Los Angeles Times


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