Mel Brooks, best known for creating comic parodies such as "" and "Young Frankenstein", will be honored with the Life Achievement Award by American Film Institute (AFI) on June 6 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The 86-year-old director has opened up about his feelings of finally earning the recognition.
"They're finally recognizing that I'm a pretty good director. They say, 'comedy force, funny, good writer, funny actor.' Nobody ever, in the press or anywhere, said I was a good director," Brooks confided to Reuters on May 16. Up to now, the partner of Carl Reiner on "The 2000 Year Old Man" has collected an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy.