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Mel Brooks to Present Steve Martin with AFI Life Achievement Award

Mel Brooks to Present Steve Martin with AFI Life Achievement Award

Iconic Hollywood director Mel Brooks
will present Steve Martin with the American Film Institute’s 43rd Life
Achievement Award
— America’s
highest honor for a career in film. Martin will be recognized as one of
the most
artists of his generation. The private black tie gala will be held at
the Dolby Theater
in Hollywood
on June 4 and will premiere Saturday, June 13, at 10 p.m. (EST/PST) on
TBS, with an
encore at
11:30 p.m. (EST/PST). Sister network TCM will present an encore of the
special on
July 30, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST) during a night of movies starring Martin.

As the 41st
AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 2013, Brooks is also in an elite
group as an
“EGOT” — an
artist who has received all four major entertainment prizes: the Emmy®,
Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® awards.
Most recently Brooks was awarded
the British
Film Institute Fellowship — the British Film Institute’s highest
possible honor. Brooks
has written,
directed, produced and starred in many classic comedies, including “The Producers”
“Blazing Saddles” (1974), “Young Frankenstein” (1974), “Silent Movie” (1976),
“High Anxiety”
“History of the World Part 1” (1981), “To Be or Not to Be” (1983),
“Spaceballe” (1987), “Robin Hood: Men in
Tights” (1993) and “Dracula: Dead and Loving it” (1995). His visionary
film company,
Limited, also produced critically acclaimed films such as “My Favorite Year” (1982), “The
Fly” (1986),
“84 Charing Cross Road” (1987) and the Academy Award®-nominated “The Elephant Man” (1980).

Steve Martin
is an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and
Recipient of
an Emmy®, four Grammy Awards®, a Kennedy Center Honor and an
Honorary Oscar®,
Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly
himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique
creative voice. In
break-out role in “The Jerk”(1979), which he also co-wrote, Martin’s
distinct comedic

sensibilities launched him into the zeitgeist.

He went on to become a
bankable big-screen star,
distinct roles in films such as “Pennies from Heaven” (1981), “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982),
“The Man with
Two Brains” (1983), “Three Amigos!’ (1986), “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)
and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988), “All of Me” (1984), “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”
(1987), “Roxanne” (1987)
and “Father of the Bride” parts I and II (1991, 1995), “Parenthood” (1989), “Grand Canyon” (1991), “L.A.
Story” (1991)
and “Shopgirl” (2005) — a film which he wrote based on his novella of the
same name.

In addition
to his beloved film credits and his successful writing career, Martin is
also an
musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical “Bright Star,” at the
Old Globe
featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell,
inspired by their Grammy
Award®-winning collaboration “Love Has Come For You.”

Martin is an American original,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the
AFI Board of
“From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the
great figures in
American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither
convention nor
caution. His
work is defined by him alone, for he is the author — and a national
treasure whose
work has
stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him
with its 43rd Life
Award.” Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute event
support the
Institute’s national education programs.

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