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(CNN)Here’s a look at the le of con, actor, director, producer, playwright and screenwriter , best known for comedic farces such as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Spaceballs.”

Birth place: Brooklyn, New York
Birth name: Melvin James Kaminsky
    Father: Max Kaminsky, a process server
    Mother: Kate (Brookman) Kaminsky
    Marriages: (1964-2005, her death); Florence Baum (unavailable ly-1962, divorced)
    Children: with : Max; with Florence Baum: Stefanie, Nicky and Eddie
    Education: AttendedVirginia Military Institute as part of his Army ting
    Military: Army, 1944-1945, Corporal
    Other Facts:
    Brooks adopted the last name, “Brooks” from his mother’s maiden name, “Brookman.”
    His parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.
    Brooks is one of an elite few known as EGOT winners. They have all won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
    His second we, actress , was almost an winner herself. She collected Oscar, Emmy and before her death from cancer in 2005.
    He has won an Academy Award out of three nominations.
    Has won three Tony Awards out of three nominations.
    Has won four Emmy Awards out of 13 nominations.
    Has won three Grammy Awards and has been nominated 10 times.
    Brooks learned how to play the drums in his youth from famo jazz mician Buddy Rich.
    Brooks makes appearances in his own films as an actor and an occasional voice-over artist. He played character roles in “Blazing Saddles,” “High Anxiety,” “Spaceballs” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
    Timeline:
    1944-1945 – Serves in the Army as a combat engineer during World War II.
    1949-1958 – Begins his career as a writer in television and theatre, writing for “ Revue,” “Your Show of Shows,” “Caesar’s Hour,” “Sid Caesar Invites You,” along with “All n” and “Shinbone Alley.” During his time with “Your Show of Shows,” he works with Neil Simon and Carl Reiner. Reiner and Brooks share a lelong friendship and partnership.
    1960 – Brooks and Reiner release the comedy album, “The 2,000-Year-Old Man.” The hit spawns four follow-up albums, an animated TV special and several books.
    1965-1970 – s up with writer Buck Henry to create the hit television , “Get Smart.”
    June 4, 1967 – Receives his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety, for “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris Special.”
    November 1968 – “The Producers” is released in theaters, making it the first motion picture Brooks wrote and directed independently.
    April 14, 1969 – Wins an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, for “The Producers.”
    1974 – Forms the production company, “Brooksfilms.” “Coming Attractions” is the company’s first film, and “Fatso,” “The Elephant Man,” “History of the World: Part I,” “To Be or Not to Be” and “The Fly” follow.
    1997-1999 – Wins three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a , for “Mad About You.”
    February 24, 1999 – Brooks and Reiner win the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Album, for “The 2,000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000.”
    June 3, 2001 – Brooks wins three Tony Awards: Best Mical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Mical, for “The Producers.”
    February 27, 2002 – Receives two : Best Long Form Mic Video category, for “Recording ‘The Producers: A Mical Romp with '” shared with Sn Froemke and Peter Gelb, and for “The Producers” in the Best Mical Show Album category.
    November 8, 2007 – “Young Frankenstein” premieres on , making it the second mical adaptation of one of his films.
    December 29, 2009 – Receives the Kennedy Center Honors.
      April 23, 2010 – Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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