(born Melvin James Kaminsky
) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, composer, and lyricist, who is best known for creating broad film farces and comic parodies. He was the writer of the early variety show Your Show of Shows
. He also created, with Buck Henry
, the hit comedy series Get Smart
. Additionally, he is well-known for his voice roles, including Bigweld
in the 2005 Blue Sky
, Albert Einstein
' Mr. Peabody & Sherman
, and Vlad
in the Hotel Transylvania
For Disney, he played Professor Max Krassman in Jim Henson's 1979 film The Muppet Movie, and Melephant Brooks in the 2019 film Toy Story 4. He also played the movie director in Mickey's Audition and voiced Grandpa Mel in Special Agent Oso. He also appeared as himself in Mickey's 50. He also developed a cancelled horror-comedy attraction for Disney's Hollywood Studios titled "Hotel Mel", which ended up becoming the inspiration for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
His song "The French Mistake" was featured in Home on the Range.
Mel Brooks eating a cheesecake with his second wife, Anne Bancroft in Mickey's 50