Mel Brooks To Receive Prestigious AFI Honor

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May 20, 2013 | 11:17am EST

Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks is to be honored with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.
The Blazing Saddles director will receive the 41st honor from fellow legendary Hollywood moviemaker Martin Scorsese at a ceremony next month.
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 honor than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese.”
Brooks will receive the honor at a ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on 6 June. Previous recipients of the award include Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Sidney Poitier and Gene Kelly.