Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks is to be honoured with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The Blazing Saddles director will receive the 41st honour from fellow legendary Hollywood moviemaker Martin Scorsese at a ceremony next month (Jun13).
The prestigious award will be handed out as a tribute to Brooks' 60-year entertainment career.
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman for the AFI Board of Trustees, says, "For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift - laughter. At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor - and who better to bestow this honour than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese."
Brooks will receive the honour at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 6 June (13). Previous recipients of the award include Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Sidney Poitier and Gene Kelly.
It was announced this morning that funnyman Mel Brooks, 86, has been named the recipient of the 41st American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, which will be awarded at a tribute gala on June 6. It will be televised on TNT in late June, with encore airings on TNT’s sister network, Turner Classic Movies.
The gala will honor “America’s long-reigning king of comedy,” according to a statement released this morning by Howard Stringer, chairman of AFI's board of trustees, Deadline reports.
This award is the highest honor to receive for a career in film, and it will only add to Brooks’ already impressive resume, in which he is one of few people to boast an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
The writer-producer-director-actor is the man behind comedic film, TV, and theater gold such as Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Your Show of Shows.
“He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves,” Stringer says, “and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter.”
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