|Formed the production company BrooksFilms in 1979, which has helped finance serious films as well as comedies, such as David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and David Cronenberg's 198|
|After serving in World War II, he began working at Borscht Belt resorts in the Catskills, serving as a stand-up comedian, jazz drummer, handyman and social director.|
|At age 14, he spent six months learning to play drums from jazz legend Buddy Rich.|
|His 2000 Broadway production of The Producers received 15 Tony nominations and won a record 12 awards.|
|Auditioned as a writer for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows by performing a self-penned song titled "Here I Am, I'm Melvin Brooks."|
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