Neil Simon

American playwright, writer, and academic (1927–2018) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly film adaptations of his plays. He has received three Tony Awards, and a Golden Globe Award as well as nominations for four Academy Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. He was awarded a Special Tony Award in 1975, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.

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Neil Simon
Simon in 1974
Simon in 1974
BornMarvin Neil Simon
(1927-07-04)July 4, 1927
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
DiedAugust 26, 2018(2018-08-26) (aged 91)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
  • Playwright
  • screenwriter
  • author
Alma mater
  • Comedy
  • drama
  • farce
  • autobiography
Notable works
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Drama (1991)
Joan Baim
(m. 1953; died 1973)
(m. 1973; div. 1983)
Diane Lander
(m. 1987; div. 1988)
(m. 1990; div. 1998)
(m. 1999)

Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. His parents' financial difficulties affected their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters, where he enjoyed watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and serving a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, he began writing comedy scripts for radio programs and popular early television shows. Among the latter were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (where in 1950 he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959.

His first produced play was Come Blow Your Horn (1961). It took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successes, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965). He won a Tony Award for the latter. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway".[2] From the 1960s to the 1980s, he wrote for stage and screen; some of his screenplays were based on his own works for the stage. His style ranged from farce to romantic comedy to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three awards. In 1966, he had four successful productions running on Broadway at the same time and, in 1983, he became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.