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Mel Brooks honored in Los Angeles

Friday, June 07, 2013 - 00:53

June 7 - The entertainer is given a lifetime achievement award by the American Film Institute. Alicia Powell reports.

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Mel Brooks, whose comedy credits include "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein," received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in Los Angeles. The 86-year-old's six-decade career began as a drummer and stand-up comedian in upstate New York. He is only one of 11 people to win all four major awards, which include four Emmys, three Grammys, three Tonys and an Oscar. Actor Billy Crystal said Brooks is a major contributor to American humor. SOUNDBITE: Billy Crystal, actor, saying (English): "I've loved him for 52 years since I first became aware of him as Mel Brooks, and longer than that because he was writing for Sid Caesar, who I've loved since 1953 when I was five years old. So, that's why. His movies are hilarious." The 41st AFI Life Achievement Award tribute premieres on U.S. cable channel TNT on June 15 and on Turner Classic Movies on July 24.

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Mel Brooks honored in Los Angeles

Friday, June 07, 2013 - 00:53