Scorsese, DeNiro Honor Mel Brooks at AFI Tribute

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES Robert DeNiro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and DeNiro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," ''Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."

Billy Crystal, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman and Carl Reiner also honored the 86-year-old filmmaker at a private dinner at the Dolby Theatre. TNT will broadcast highlights from the ceremony as a TV special on June 15.

Past recipients of the AFI honor include Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese, who presented Brooks with his award.

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