Mel Brooks does almost everything from directing, producing and writing, and is also a composer and comedian. His satirical and parody films became well known, some became cult classics, such as Space balls Y Hot saddles.
Fans know very well that Brooks got used to appearing as a supporting or supporting character in many of the films he directed and produced. Some of his characters became well loved and it is easy to see the actor on the big screen. Having started his career as a director / producer in the 1950s, Mel Brooks’ appearances in his films made them even more comical.
10 Rab Tuckman (Robin Hood: Men in Tights)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a memorable and often considered parody comedy film about the famous Robin Hood. The movie is a bit annoying when it comes to far-fetched settings and story, but it’s full of comical scenes, like Maid Marian’s (Amy Yasbeck) chastity belt. Mel Brooks stole the show as Rabbi Tuckman.
It is first introduced to him when the Merry Men stop him and ask for wine. Rabbi Tuckman explains that he is selling circumcisions, but the Merry Men have no idea what this is and so they want some. When Rabbi uses a small guillotine and a carrot to demonstrate, the Merry Men quickly retreat.
9 Mel Funn (Silent Movie)
The satirical comedy of 1976 Silent movie included a cast with Mel Brooks in the role of Mel Funn. The film only uses intertitles rather than spoken dialogue, accompanied by music and sound effects, and revolves around the character of Brooks, who is unlucky and a failed film director.
Funn and his cronies attempt to present a silent movie to Big Pictures Studio, promising that some of Hollywood’s biggest actors will stop the studio from being taken over by a conglomerate. The movie is full of hilarious laughs, comic cartoon settings, and the journey of making a great movie.
8 Dr. Richard Harpo Thorndyke (high anxiety)
Shortly after the success of Silent movie, Brooks would star in another movie titled High anxiety. The film was his first as a producer and in a speaking role. Brooks played the title role as Dr. Richard Harpo Thorndyke. The story revolves around Thorndyke as he tries to overcome a serious nervous disorder.
The movie was a huge success as Brook’s character encounters all sorts of strange events and gets caught up in a murder plot. It’s comical to see Brook’s character try to overcome his severe vertigo and acrophobia while trying to prove his innocence in a murder. There is also a fun Brooks theme song.
7 Yogurt (space balls)
Space balls became one of the most notable Mel Brooks films that became a cult classic. The film gained recognition as it was a parody of the acclaimed Star Warss franchise. In the movie, Brooks played two roles. He played the small supporting role of Yogurt, obviously inspired by Yoda.
Yogurt features “Schwartz”, a metaphysical power that parodies the Force. Fans can’t help but laugh when Brooks uses the word enthusiastically. To make the role even more comical, there is a break on the fourth wall where Yogurt tries to sell merchandise from the movie’s ad campaign.
6 President Skroob (Spaceballs)
On Space balls, Brooks also played the role of President Skroob, a parody of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. Fans laughed at the character, who is a bit of a goof when it comes to being evil. At one point, her torso is looking back and she comments that she never knew she had such a big butt.
Fans also can’t forget the character’s very thin mustache and slicked-back hair. The movie has many comic scenes with the character, such as when the ship’s staff greets him with a strange greeting as Skroob runs into the room. The character also had comical fourth wall breaks, including his line, “The ship is too big. If I walk, the movie will end!”
5 Professor Van Helsing (Dracula: Dead and Loving Him)
The story of Count Dracula has been told many times on the big and small screen. Mel Brooks decided to have a little fun with the story and character from a satirical comedy in 1995, Dracula: dead and loving him. In the movie, he played one of the main characters as the notorious Professor Van Helsing.
Van Helsing walks in when Count Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) drinks Lucy Westenra’s (Lysette Anthony) blood the night before, leaving her pale and with strange puncture holes. Brooks’s portrayal of the vampire hunter is one of the best when it comes to a comic take on the character and the on-screen combination of Nielson and Brooks makes the film comic gold.
4 Governor Le Petomane (Saddles on Fire)
Mel Brooks’s character, Governor Le Petomane, wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed at Hot saddles. The film takes place in 1874 in a western that addresses racial issues. The governor is not that bright and his attorney general directs him toward unfavorable decisions.
The character had a lot of comedic moments, like the office scene when he signs multiple new laws without knowing what they are. Le Petomane even signs a construction bill that turns a psychiatric facility into a casino. Le Petomane seems more concerned with his image and his voluptuous secretary than with being a real governor.
3 Goddard Bolt (Life Sucks)
Life sucks was a 1991 comedy film with Mel Brooks in the title role as Goddard Bolt. The movie was different compared to other Brooks work in that it was not a parody and it never broke the fourth wall. In it, Bolt is a CEO who has a cold heart and wants to bring down the slums of Los Angeles.
When Bolt’s rivals also show interest in the property, they make a bet. Bolt has to survive for 30 days in the suburbs with an ankle monitor and cannot reveal his identity. The movie offers life lessons as Bolt learns to value life rather than greed and money.
two Frederick Bronski (To be or not to be)
Mel Brook’s movie, To be or not to be it is actually a remake of the 1942 film of the same name. This version of the film has the Mel Brooks style that fans can’t help but laugh at and it followed the original almost perfectly and even reused the same dialogue. However, a small difference is that Brooks plays the combined role of Frederick Bronski and Joseph Tura.
The story centers on the Hitler regime when Bronski and his wife run a low-cost theater that becomes a haven for local Jews. Using their acting skills, Bronski and his wife try to outwit and outsmart the Nazis so that the Jews can escape. Fans of the movie will remember Hitler’s rap sequence from Brooks’s character.
1 Multiple roles (World History, Part 1)
The sketch comedy movie, World history, part 1 has Brooks in multiple roles. Brooks plays a total of five characters, including Moses, Comicus, Tomás de Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques.. The film is divided into different time periods, from The Stone Age to The Spanish Inquisition, and shows Brooks’ ability to take on different characters while still eliciting laughter from the audience.
Brooks takes audiences on a journey through some of the deepest moments in history, but it is tempered with some comedy, dance numbers, and songs. It’s not easy to forget The Last Supper with the pesky waiter.
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