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Date Of BirthMay 22, 1972
SpouseMichelle Kholos Brooks
FactHe and his parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft all have won Emmys.

Max Brooks is an American author, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted into a 2013 film.

Brooks was born in New York City on May 22, 1972, to Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He has two older siblings, actress Amy Brooks and director Nick Brooks. Brooks was raised in Los Angeles and attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. He then studied at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.

Brooks began his career as a writer for the television show Saturday Night Live. He has also written for the films Men in Black 3 and Grown Ups 2. In addition to his work as a writer, Brooks is also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Brooks’ first book, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, was published in 2003. This was followed by World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in 2006. World War Z was adapted into a film of the same name in 2013, with Brad Pitt starring as United Nations employee Gerry Lane.

In 2009, Brooks published The Harlem Hellfighters, a fictionalized account of the African-American regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters who served during World War I. In 2016, he released Minecraft: The Island, a novel set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft.

Brooks is married to playwright and screenwriter Mia Goldman. They have two children together.

As of 2021, Max Brooks’ net worth is $5 million.

General Info

Full NameMax Brooks
Date Of BirthMay 22, 1972
ProfessionScreenwriter, Voice Actor, Author
EducationAmerican University, Pitzer College


SpouseMichelle Kholos Brooks
ChildrenHenry Michael Brooks
ParentsMel Brooks, Anne Bancroft
SiblingsStephanie Brooks, Nicky Brooks, Eddie Brooks, Nicholas Brooks


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series
NominationsWGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series - Television, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Graphic Novels & Comics
MoviesWorld War Z 2, The Great Wall, World War Z, The Public Eye

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1[on Zombieland (2009)] They weren't zombies. It was like some weird mad cow disease.
2Shaun of the Dead (2004) is an amazing zombie movie but it's also an amazing cultural essay of who Britain was at that point. I think it's sort of the Clerks (1994) of Britain. Real emotions, real drama... I mean, what a movie.
3[re mother Anne Bancroft] Life is not fair, I'll tell you that. It was hard for her to be a mom, to give up all that and to try and raise me, because she didn't have much of a mom. But she did it. She did an amazing job.
4[re dyslexia in grade school] I remember I used to come up to my teacher crying because I couldn't read. She would say: 'You can do this. You just don't want to do this.'
5I'm not a horror fan. I'm an anti-horror fan. I think horror fans feel deep down in the pit of their souls, they feel safe, and therefore bored. And therefore they want to be scared. I already have a baseline level of just anxiety about the world I live in," he continued, metaphorically pushing the horror genre away from him on the table. "I don't need to go seeking it out.
6Since 2001, people have been scared. There's been some really scary stuff that's been happening - 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, anthrax letters, D.C. sniper, global warming, global financial meltdown, bird flu, swine flu, SARS. I think people really feel like the system's breaking down. It's Hurricane Katrina. It's neighbors knifing each other for food, women being raped, the cops not showing up, children dying of starvation, an old lady dying in a wheelchair. If all that happens because of a zombie plague, then you can say, 'Oh, well, that would never happen, because there's no zombies'.
7You want to talk about ruining a movie? Because the scene where the military commander in 28 Days Later... (2002) says, 'I'm waiting to see how long it takes for the infected to starve to death.' I thought, 'Well, if they eat... then they drink right? They need water?' Well, after four days the human body starts to shut down, so in a purely realistic movie, the dude would wake up out of the hospital and London would just be littered with dehydrated corpses and the movie would be called Four Days Later.
8I'm a really crappy liar. That's one of the reasons my wife married me because she knows I can never have an affair.
9If you were a vampire you're at the top of the food chain, and you've been spoiled. You're essentially the aristocracy. You have all these gifts: speed, strength, immortality and anonymity.
10My rule is that whatever I write has to start with its first fan, which is me, I have to love it, because if I don't love it then it's not worth doing.
11[re father Mel Brooks] I've no desire to become the next king of Jewish immigrant comics, but I am so proud of my old man.


1Release of his book, "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead". [2003]
2Release of his book, "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War". [2006]
3Attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences (a K-12 independent, college preparatory school) in Santa Monica, California.
4He and his parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft all have won Emmys.
5Younger half-brother of Stephanie Brooks, Nicky Brooks and Eddie Brooks.
6Son, Henry Michael Brooks, was born in April 2005, to him and his wife Michelle Kholos Brooks.
7His wife, Michelle Kholos Brooks, is a playwright.
8Worked as a production assistant on Michael Palin's African rail pilgrimage at the BBC.
9His middle name, Michael, is from his maternal grandfather, Michael Italiano.
10Was named after his paternal grandfather, Maximillian Kaminsky.
11Graduated from American University's film school in 1994, after having also attended Pitzer College as a history major and spending a semester at the University of the Virgin Islands.
12Became engaged to Michelle Kholos Brooks (September 2002).
13Son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.




World War Z 22017characters announced
The Great Wall2016/Istory by completed
World War Z2013based on the novel by
Saturday Night Live2001-2003TV Series writer - 40 episodes


Satan Hates You2010Reporter
Justice League2001TV SeriesHowie
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000TV SeriesTech #2 / Ranger #2 / Punk-Goon #2
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesHoward / Drew
Godzilla: The Series2000TV Series
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles1999TV SeriesLt. Bernstein
The Wild Thornberrys1999TV SeriesLead Dog
Melrose Place1999TV SeriesMessenger
7th Heaven1999TV SeriesWaiter
Pacific Blue1997TV SeriesMarty Rosen
Roseanne1992TV SeriesSnarky Customer
The Public Eye1992Teen at Thompson Street
To Be or Not to Be1983Rifka's Son


Sons of Guns2012TV Series himself - 1 episode
Great Railway Journeys1994TV Series documentary production assistant - 6 episodes
Daddy Dearest1993TV Series production assistant - 11 episodes


The Watch List2007TV Movie co-executive producer


The Watch List2007TV Movie co-director

Editorial Department

Sibling Rivalry1990editorial intern


Yiddish Theater: A Love Story2006Documentary thanks
The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed2004Video short special thanks


Dear America: The National Initiative2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Doc of the Dead2014DocumentaryHimself
Zombie Town Hall: Knights of the Living Dead Q&A Session2013Video documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks2013TV MovieHimself - In Attendance (uncredited)
Sons of Guns2012TV SeriesHimself
Ancient Aliens2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Zombies: A Living History2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Author
The Con2011DocumentaryHimself
Lost Tapes2010TV SeriesHimself - Author, World War Z
Zombies: The Truth2010DocumentaryHimself - Author & Zombie Expert
Comic-Con '08 Live2008TV MovieHimself
Starz presents Zombie Mania2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead'2008DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)

Nominated Awards

2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)
2003WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy/Variety (Including Talk) - SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)

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