Melvin James "Mel" Brooks (Born June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor ,producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best know for his films and parodies. He began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show, Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit, The 2000 Year Old Man. In the 1970's Mel Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the decade. A couple of his best known films include Young Frankenstein and The Producers. He also voiced Bigweld the master inventor, in the 2005 20th Century Fox animated film Robots, and had a cameo appearance as Albert Einstein, in the 2014 Dreamworks Animation film Mr. Peabody & Sherman.