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One of the Funniest Men Alive, Mel Brooks Spent WWII Clearing Land Mines
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But Mel Brooks turns 93 in June. After nearly 80 years in show business, Brooks still travels the country with a one-man show, hungry for the applause, loving the attention. Grabbed cash, as well, in hard-hearted maneuvers that left collaborators fuming, and his first wife desperate. Brooks is definitely funny. But for a rich and beloved celebrity, he often acts a little, well, funny.
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The two things I hate most in the world are combat and engineering. Brooks lost his father when he was two years old, and in retrospect, reflects on that event as the genesis for his farcical comedy style: "I'm sure a lot of my comedy is based on anger and hostility. Growing up in Williamsburg, I learned to clothe it in comedy to spare myself problems - like a punch in the face. He served as a corporal in the Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division as a combat engineer. One of his tasks during the war was to defuse land mines, and he also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
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