Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks will be honored with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.
The Blazing Saddles director will receive the 41st honor from fellow legendary Hollywood movie-maker Martin Scorsese at a ceremony next month.
The prestigious award will be handed out as a tribute to Brooks’ 60-yearentertainment career.
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman for the AFI Board of Trustees, says, “For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift – laughter. At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor – and who better to bestow this honor than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese.”
Brooks will receive the honor at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6.
Previous recipients of the award include Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Sidney Poitier and Gene Kelly.