Beverly Hills, CA (RPRN) 7/02/2009–The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a tribute to comic legend Mel Brooks on Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin, the evening will feature Brooks in person, along with numerous film clips and stories from his artistic collaborators and friends. Special guests will include Richard Benjamin, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Tracey Ullman and Lesley Ann Warren (schedules permitting).
A noted comedian, writer, producer, director, composer and actor, Brooks won an Academy AwardÂ® for the original story and screenplay of the 1968 version of â€œThe Producers.â€ He also earned nominations for the adapted screenplay of â€œYoung Frankenstein,â€ with Gene Wilder, and for the lyrics to the title song from â€œBlazing Saddles.â€ In addition, â€œThe Critic,â€ for which he provided the narration, won an OscarÂ® for Cartoon Short Subject in 1963.
Born in Brooklyn, Brooks began his career in New York with standup comedy and a writing gig on Sid Caesarâ€™s â€œYour Show of Showsâ€ in the early 1950s. He has since left his comedic and musical mark on numerous feature films, including â€œThe Producers,â€ â€œThe Twelve Chairs,â€ â€œBlazing Saddles,â€ â€œYoung Frankenstein,â€ â€œSilent Movie,â€ â€œHigh Anxiety,â€ â€œHistory of the World â€“ Part I,â€ â€œTo Be or Not to Be,â€ â€œSpaceballs,â€ â€œLife Stinks,â€ â€œRobin Hood: Men in Tightsâ€ and â€œDracula: Dead and Loving It,â€ two of which have spawned Broadway adaptations.
Brooks is one of only 12 individuals to have won all four major show business awards â€“ the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony.
Tickets for â€œA Tribute to Mel Brooksâ€ are sold out, however, standby tickets will be made available on the day of the event. Please visit www.oscars.org for details. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.