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It's good to be the king: Mel Brooks given AFI lifetime achievement honor

Director Mel Brooks, who gave the comedy world so much more than just History of the World Part 1 and Spaceballs in the '80s, on Thursday was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.

"Movies saved my life," Brooks said, in a rare non-comedic moment. "They rescued my soul. No matter what was bad or wrong, it could be wiped out on Saturday morning."

Among those lined up to roast him was Martin Short, Larry David, Conan O'Brien, Billy Crystal, David Lynch and Jimmy Kimmel, who said, ""We are going to miss you so much, Mel. You were one of the greats. Rest in peace, my friend."

Brooks responded with an expletive and said, "I'm not gonna die."

Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg and Gene Wilder were among those lauding the man behind Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein via video, according to an AP report.

TNT will broadcast highlights from the ceremony on June 15.


5. "Boy, when you die at the palace, you really DIE at the palace! (History of the World Part 1)

4. "Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower." (Spaceballs)

3. "All I want is peace. Peace! Peace! [singing] A little piece of Poland, a little piece of France." (To Be or Not To Be)

2. "Heil myself!" (To Be or Not To Be)

1. "It's good to be the king." (History of the World, Part 1)

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