AFI hon­ours Mel Brooks with life achieve­ment award

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — It’ll be spring­time for Mel Brooks when the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute presents him with its high­est hon­our, the Life Achieve­ment Award.

The writer and di­rec­tor of com­edy clas­sics in­clud­ing The Pro­duc­ers, Blaz­ing Sad­dles, Young Franken­stein and His­tory of the World: Part I will re­ceive the award at a gala trib­ute next June, AFI an­nounced Fri­day.

The 86-year-old Brooks is the 41st re­cip­i­ent of the hon­our, which has gone to Hol­ly­wood le­gends in­clud­ing Or­son Welles, Bette Davis, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, Steven Spiel­berg, Meryl Streep and Mor­gan Free­man. He’s one of only 14 peo­ple to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Os­car and Tony award.

The AFI cer­e­mony will air in late June on TNT and Turner Clas­sic Movies.

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