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Mel Brooks Net Worth: How Much Did He Make in ‘Young Frankenstein’?

Mel Brooks Net Worth: How Much Did He Make in ‘Young Frankenstein’?

Mel Brooks has been entertaining people for decades through TV and movie appearances, which helped his net worth grow. Brooks got started in television as a writer. He ultimately found himself on the staff of Your Show of Shows, which starred Sid Caesar. Brooks worked alongside Carl Reiner, Mel Tolkin, and other talented writers. In time, Brooks found himself teaming up with Reiner for skits involving The 2,000-Year-Old Man.

They made appearances on TV shows in the 1960s, plus put out a very popular album. Brooks’ creativity, though, found different outlets. All put together, Mel Brooks’ net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is around $100 million. His TV work found him teaming up with Buck Henry to create Get Smart, a spy spoof sitcom starring Don Adams. Brooks hung around through the show’s first season but moved along to other projects.

Mel Brooks Turns His Eyes To Movies

He then turned his sights on movies, starting with The Producers in 1967. Brooks brought to life his idea of tweaking the noses of the Nazis and their leader, Adolph Hitler. Starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, big-time movie distributors didn’t touch this movie. Brooks put it out as an independent film, and it became an underground hit. Brooks won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In the 1970s, Brooks brought to the big screen Blazing Saddles. Brooks’ blistering send-up of Western movies starred Cleavon Little, Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeleine Kahn, and Alex Karras. Brooks played three roles: the Governor, an Indian chief who only spoke in Yiddish, and the “aviator/director” who helped invade Rock Ridge. Blazing Saddles came out in 1974 and was a huge hit, filming on a $2.6 million budget and scoring $119.6 million at the box office.

Brooks then turned his attention to Young Frankenstein, another spoof movie. This time, Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein opposite Teri Garr’s Inga. Peter Boyle played the Monster, while Cloris Leachman played Frau Blucher (and the horses are heard in the background…if you know, then you know). Marty Feldman has a hilarious turn as Igor, and Gene Hackman (yes, THAT Gene Hackman) played a blind man.

Director Wishes Profits Totaled More

Well, this was another grand slam for Brooks as a director. On a $2.8 million budget, Brooks watched ticket sales soar to $86 million. But Brooks’ profits from Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles ended up being around $5 million for each picture. That’s according to his estimates in the late 1990s. And that did affect Mel Brooks’ net worth.

More movies followed in the 70s, including Silent Movie and High Anxiety. In the 1980s, Brooks offered up Spaceballs and History of the World Part I. But Brooks also produced The Elephant Man in 1980, directed by David Lynch. Through Brooksfilms, which focused on non-comedy films, he oversaw the production of Frances, The Fly, and 84 Charing Cross Road, among others. He also was behind the Peter O’Toole comedy My Favorite Year, where O’Toole played Alan Swan.

As Brooks continued his work, he decided to bring The Producers to Broadway. Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane starred in the production and brought the house down. It brought home 12 Tony Awards, breaking the record for a musical held by Hello Dolly! with 10.

Brooks has been enjoying a somewhat retired life at 97 years old. He was married twice, once to Florence Baum from 1953 to 1962. Stefanie, Nicholas, and Edward were the children from that marriage. Brooks then got married to actress Anne Bancroft in 1964. They had one son, Max. Brooks stayed married to Bancroft until she died in 2005.