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  • Mel Brooks

    Born on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York

awards & nominations

High Anxiety (1977)

Mel Brooks as "Richard H. Thorndyke"

Just after becoming the director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) is greeted by a series of mysterious events. When his colleagues -- including the militaristic and mustachioed Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) -- become leery of his questions, they accuse him of murder. Thorndyke's own mental health comes into question as he struggles to clear his name in the midst of a crippling bout of a condition known as "high anxiety."

Golden Globe (1977) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Silent Movie (1976)

Mel Brooks as "Mel Funn"

In this dialogue-free slapstick comedy, film director Mel Funn (Mel Brooks) travels to the ailing Big Picture Studios to pitch his comeback film: the first feature-length silent movie in many years. Desperate for a hit, the studio chief (Sid Caesar) gives Funn and his cronies, Eggs (Marty Feldman) and Bell (Dom DeLuise), the go-ahead -- but only if they can get big celebrities to act in it. Excited, Funn begins an adventure across the country in his effort to secure superstars for his film.

Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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