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 acclaimed 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 Thursday, 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
" (1967), "Blazing Saddles
" (1974), "Young Frankenstein
" (1974), "Silent Movie
" (1976), "High Anxiety
" (1977), "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, Brooksfilms
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 musician. 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 established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice. In his 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, with 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 accomplished musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical "Bright Star
," at the Old Globe Theater featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell
, inspired by their Grammy Award®-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You."
is an American original," said Sir Howard Stringer
, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this 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 Achievement Award." Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute event directly support the Institute's national education programs.