Max Brooks Born Maximillian Michael Brooks May 22, 1972 New York City Occupation Author, writer, screenwriter, actor Nationality United States Genres Humor, Horror Maximillian Michael " Max" Brooks (born May 22, 1972) is an American horror author and screenwriter. He is the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. Brooks' writing focuses on zombie stories. Brooks is also a television and [1 ] voice-over actor. Early life and education [edit ]
Brooks was born in
New York City, the son of actress Anne Bancroft and director, producer, writer, and actor Mel Brooks. His father is Jewish and his mother's parents were both children of Italian immigrants who were brought up as Roman Catholics. [2 ]
Brooks is dyslexic
and attended [3 ] Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He studied history at Pitzer College in Claremont, California but dropped out. He spent a semester at the University of the Virgin Islands. He graduated from [3 ] American University in Washington, D.C. in 1994. [4 ] [5 ] [6 ] [7 ] Career [edit ] Writing [edit ]
From 2001 to 2003, Brooks was a member of the writing team at
. Saturday Night Live
Brooks is the author of
. The book described in depth the creation of and lives of zombies. The book was later followed up in 2009 by The Zombie Survival Guide The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, a graphic novel depicting several of the events detailed in the book's latter section.
, which deals with the war between the human race and zombies, was released on September 12, 2006. Paramount Pictures acquired the movie rights with World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment producing the film. In the October 2006 issue of , Brooks stated that he would not be writing the screenplay for the motion picture, as he felt he was not an accomplished enough screenwriter to "do it right" ( Fangoria Magazine J. Michael Straczynski wrote the first version of the screenplay). [8 ]
Cemetery Dance published a new limited Edition of World War Z. Jeremy Caniglia created all new artwork for this special release to coincide with the film release.
Brooks wrote the introduction for the hardcover collected edition of
Dynamite Entertainment's zombie miniseries Raise the Dead released in 2007. [9 ] The New Dead, a 2010 anthology of previously unpublished zombie stories edited by Christopher Golden, contains an additional World War Z story titled "Closure, LTD".
In 2010, Brooks wrote the
IDW comic book mini-series . G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds [10 ]
In 2011, Brooks wrote the foreword for
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies, a 300-page fiction book written by Matt Mogk.
Avatar Press released The Extinction Parade, a comic book series based on the 2011 short story created by Brooks. Acting and voice-over work [edit ]
Brooks has a number of other creative credits.
As an actor, he has been seen in [11 ] , Roseanne , To Be or Not to Be , and Pacific Blue . 7th Heaven He also has a career voicing animation; his voice has been featured in the animated shows [11 ] , Batman Beyond , Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Justice League . All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series During the start of the 3rd season of [11 ] , he was cast as himself in the zombie episode, telling the audience about how zombies come to be. He also appeared on Lost Tapes Spike TV series , in which he represented the zombie team in the "Vampires vs Zombies" episode, as one of the Zombie experts along with Matt Mogk the Founder of the Deadliest Warrior Zombie Research Society. He also appeared on the Discovery Channel"s [12 ] Sons of Guns in a zombie gun build off ("Civilian vs. Military"). Personal life [edit ]
Brooks has been married to Michelle Kholos since 2003. They have one child, Henry Michael Brooks (born March 2005). They live in
Venice, California. [4 ] References [edit ] ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/magazine/max-brooks-is-not-kidding-about-the-zombie-apocalypse.html ^ Townsend, Allie. "Q&A: Zombie-Survival Expert Max Brooks," Time magazine (July 26, 2010). ^ a b http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/magazine/max-brooks-is-not-kidding-about-the-zombie-apocalypse.html?pagewanted=2 ^ a b http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/magazine/max-brooks-is-not-kidding-about-the-zombie-apocalypse.html?pagewanted=3 ^ "Pitzer College Alumnus Max Brooks '94 Authors Pitzer College press release (January 19, 2011). New York Times Best Sellers," ^ " Pitzer College press release (April 21, 2011). New York Times Bestseller and Alumnus Max Brooks '94 to Keynote 2011 Pitzer College Commencement," ^ "Keynote Speaker Max Brooks '94," Pitzer College website (June 2, 2011) ^ (Oct. 2006). Fangoria Magazine ^ "Dynamite webpage for ''Raise the Dead'' HC edition". Dynamiteentertainment.com . Retrieved 2013-06-26. ^ Manning, Shaun. "Brooks Wins 'Hearts and Minds'," Comic Book Resources (April 1, 2010). ^ a b c Max Brooks entry, Internet Movie Database. Accessed May 11, 2011. ^ "Deadliest Warrior Comic-Con 2011 Panel – Episode 300a". Spike. July 22, 2011 External links [edit ]
Eddie Izzard (2000) Eric Drysdale, Jim Earl, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, J. R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mecurio, Chris Regan, Allison Silverman and Jon Stewart (2001) Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Max Brooks, James Downey, Tina Fey, Hugh Fink, Charlie Grandy, Jack Handey, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Matt Piedmont, Ken Scarborough, Michael Schur, Frank Sebastiano, T. Sean Shannon, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele and Scott Wainio (2002) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Tom Johnson, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2003) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2004) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2005) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Sam Means, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2006) Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Dan Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Tim Harrod, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney and Andrew Weinberg (2007) Bryan Adams, Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Laura Krafft, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino and Allison Silverman (2008) Rory Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, J. R. Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2009)