Wrote and produced three Broadway plays:
New Faces (1954), All American (1962), and Shinbone Alley (1971).
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[on Richard Pryor
in Blazing Saddles
(1974)] I knew how bright he was. I hired him because I was going to do a lot of black jokes. I said, 'I'm not going to take the heat for these. I want somebody there to give me the okay, see if I cross the line, what's in good taste, what's in bad taste.' Strangely enough, Pryor wrote very little of the black stuff. I wound up doing that.
He is a close friend of Italian TV star Ezio Greggio
, whose movies he inspired. Brooks is often a guest in Greggio's shows, and Brooks offered Greggio a small part in his Dracula: Dead and Loving It
(1995), due to this friendship.
Always features one scene in his movies in which the main character is seated and staring blankly, wondering what went wrong, while friends console him.