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Mel Brooks Frequently Asked Questions v1.2 *

Last updated : 10-18-06
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Is Mel Brooks Jewish?

Is Mel Brooks his real name?
Yes, though his birth name was Melvin Kaminsky. Mel changed his last name to Brooks (taken from Brookman, his mother's maiden name) when he enlisted in the Army.

What is Mel's birthday? / How old is Mel ?
Mel was born June 28th 1926. As of today Mel is 90 years old.

Where did Mel go to school?
Elementary School - Public School 19 (Williamsburg).
Middle School - Francis Scott Key Junior High School 15 (Williamsburg?)
Mel attended Eastern District High School. He graduated in June 1944.
Enrolled at Brooklyn College after the war, though it's not clear if he actually attended any classes.

Did Mel serve in the military?
Yes. Mel enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in June 1944 (he was seventeen at the time). He began his basic training at Virgina Military Institute and finished up at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was shipped off to war in Feb 1945 where he initially served as forward observer for the artillery. Shortly thereafter, Mel was re-assigned to the 1104th Combat Engineers Group. Several months later Germany had surrendered and Mel was promoted to corporal. He continued to serve in Germany for another 4 months as a Noncom in Charge of Special Services (entertainment). Mel topped off his service at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Is Mel Brooks married?
Mel has been married twice.
His first marriage, to Florence Baum (1952?-1959), blessed him with 3 Children: Nicky, Stefanie & Eddie.
His second marriage, to the late Anne Bancroft (1964-2005), blessed him with 1 Child: Maximillian. Max is also involved in the entertainment industry.

How can I contact Mel?
I don't have an e-mail address for Mel, so please don't e-mail me asking for one. As an aside, I believe that e-mail is quite a bit less formal and less flattering than writing a well thought out letter or leaving a brilliantly creative and heart felt phone message at the number below. If you are a true fan or have a serious business proposition, would you truly let something like not having an e-mail address stop you from contacting him?

For professional matters I would suggest contacting Brooksfilms below (updated 10/06). Please be respectful of this information. Do not ruin it for legitimate creative business opportunities.

Brooksfilms LTD.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 203-1375

Brooksfilms Limited
c/o Culver Studios
9336 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Tel: 310 202 3292
Fax: 310 202 3225
Mel Brooks (President)
Leah Zappy (VP, Production Services)
Felicia Flick (Assistant to Mel Brooks)

For fan mail you can try the following publicly published addresses (try in this order):

Mel Brooks
c/o Culver Studios
9336 W. Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Mel Brooks
c/o Brooksfilms
P.O. Box 900 Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Mel Brooks
2301 LaMesa Drive
Santa Monica, CA 90405

If you happen to get positive or negative confirmation of the above contact information please let me know so I can make the appropriate updates.

Is Mel Brooks the funniest person alive?

*sources of information:
Seesaw: A Dual Biography of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks by Wiliam Holtzman
various interviews

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