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Neil Simon

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Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter, considered one of the finest writers of comedy in American literary history add

Category: Literature

Born in 1927.

Countries: United States (77%), United Kingdom (11%), (7%)

Main connections: Sid Caesar, The Sunshine Boys (film), Mel Brooks

Linked to: DeWitt Clinton High School, Jews, United States Army Air Forces, Williams College

 

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Neil Simon was born in 1927 add something


1940

Lyle Talbot - Having started his career in the theater and later co-starred on Broadway in 1940-41 in "Separate Rooms", Talbot returned to the stage in the 1960s and 1970s, starring in national road company versions of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker", Gore Vidal's political drama "The Best Man", Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" and "Barefoot in the Park", Arthur Sumner Long's "Never Too Late," and appearing as Capt


1945

He was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base during 1945 and attended the University of Denver from 1945 to 1946 add something


1950

Among them were "The Phil Silvers Show" and Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" in 1950, where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen add something


 

His work won him two Emmy award nominations and the appreciation of Phil Silvers, who hired him to write scripts for Sergeant Bilko, of "The Phil Silvers Show", in 1959 add something


1960

Marcia Rodd - Rodd spent the 1960s appearing on Broadway in such plays as Neil Simon's "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers"


1961

During 1961, Simon's first Broadway play, "Come Blow Your Horn", ran for 678 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre add something


1962

Patrick Dennis - "Little Me" was turned into a musical in 1962, with book by Neil Simon and score by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, and Sid Caesar playing all the male roles


1963

Emanuel Azenberg - Azenburg first met Neil Simon in 1963 when the two played softball with Robert Redford, who was appearing in Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" at the time

 

Barefoot in the Park (film) - Based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same title, it focuses on newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter and their adventures living in a minuscule sixth floor walk-up apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone

 

Herb Edelman - One of his fares was director Mike Nichols, who in 1963 cast Edelman in his breakthrough Broadway role, as the bewildered telephone repairman in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"

 

Come Blow Your Horn (film) - "'Come Blow Your Horn"' is a 1963 American comedy film starring Frank Sinatra, directed by Bud Yorkin with a screenplay by Norman Lear, and based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon


 

In 1965 he won the Tony award for Best Playwright , and in 1975, a special Tony award for his overall contribution to the American theater add something

 

Walter Matthau - In 1965, however, a plum comedy role came Matthau's way when Neil Simon cast him in the hit play The Odd Couple playing the slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison opposite Art Carney as Felix Unger.


1966

Florence Stanley - In 1966 she took over the role of Yente in Broadway's "Fiddler On The Roof" from Beatrice Arthur, leaving in 1971 to open in Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue", directed by Mike Nichols


1967

Anthony Perkins - His Broadway credits included the 1967 Neil Simon comedy "The Star-Spangled Girl", the Frank Loesser musical "Greenwillow" , for which he was nominated for another Tony *award for Best Actor in a Musical and Bernard Slade's 1979 play "Romantic Comedy" opposite Mia Farrow


1968

Robert Reed - Appearing in the Neil Simon play, "Barefoot in the Park" led him to two new contracts, at Paramount Studios and ABC, both in 1968

 

John Keston - In 1968, John Keston appeared with Juliet Prowse in the original West End production of Neil Simon's "Sweet Charity" at the Prince of Wales Theatre, in the role of Vittorio Vidal, receiving billing directly below the title

 

The Apartment - The film was the basis of the 1968 Broadway musical "Promises, Promises", featuring book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach, and lyrics by Hal David

 

Sal Castro - In March 1968, students from Wilson High School walked out after the school principal cancelled a performance of the Neil Simon play "Barefoot in the Park"


1969

John Leeson - It includes work in both repertory and West End productions including Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" ; "Flint" and "Don't Start Without Me" and character work across a wide range of 1970s television sitcoms including "Dad's Army"


1970

During the 1970s he wrote a string of successful plays, sometimes having more than one playing at the same time to standing room only audiences add something


1971

Maureen Stapleton - She won a second Tony *award for Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady", which was written especially for her, in 1971


1972

His professional association with producer Emanuel Azenberg began with "The Sunshine Boys" during 1972 and continued with "The Good Doctor", "God's Favorite", "Chapter Two", "They're Playing Our Song", "I Ought to Be in Pictures", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Biloxi Blues", "Broadway Bound", "Jake's Women", "The Goodbye Girl", and "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", among others add something

 

Florence Stanley - In 1972 she went on to tap dance in the Broadway production of "The Secret Affairs Of Mildred Wild", and in 1981 went back to work for Neil Simon in the Broadway production of "Fools"

 

Jeremiah Morris - One of his first major assignments was directing the touring production of Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady" in 1972


1973

Marsha Mason - Neil Simon cast her in his Broadway play "The Good Doctor" in 1973

 

Sid Caesar - In 1973, Caesar reunited with Imogene Coca for the stage play, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue", written in 1971 by Neil Simon


1974

Jack Benny - Benny was preparing to star in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" when his health failed in 1974

 

George Burns - In 1974, Jack Benny signed to play one of the lead roles in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys"


1975

Herbert Ross - In 1975, Ross worked on the film adaptation of the Neil Simon play "The Sunshine Boys", the first of several Simon play adaptations he directed

 

James Cromwell - In 1975, he took his first lead role on television as Bill Lewis in the short-lived "Hot l Baltimore", and a year later he made his film debut in Neil Simon's classic detective spoof "Murder by Death"

 

The Sunshine Boys (film) - "'The Sunshine Boys"' is a 1975 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Ray Stark, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon, about two legendary comics brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act


1976

Truman Capote - Neil Simon's 1976 murder mystery spoof "Murder by Death" provided Capote's main role as an actor, portraying reclusive millionaire Lionel Twain who invites the world's leading detectives together to a dinner party to have them solve a murder

 

Alec Guinness - Guinness played the role of Jamessir Bensonmum, the blind butler, in the 1976 Neil Simon film "Murder By Death"


1977

Sid Caesar - In 1977, after blacking out during a stage performance of Neil Simon's "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers", Caesar gave up alcohol "cold turkey"

 

Richard III of England - In a play within a play in Neil Simon's 1977 film "The Goodbye Girl", Richard Dreyfuss reluctantly portrays Richard as overtly homosexual at the insistence of an avant-garde director

 

Barbara Rhoades - She had a role in Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" and 1973's "Scream Blacula,Scream"


1980

Rick McCallum - During the 1980s, McCallum produced movies with filmmakers including David Hare ; Neil Simon ; Harvey Fierstein, whose HBO film "Tidy Endings" received two CableACE *awards; and Nicolas Roeg's "Castaway"

 

Steven Hill - Hill returned to work in the 1980s and 1990s, playing parental and authority-figure roles in such films as "Yentl" , "Garbo Talks" , Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Heartburn" , and "Billy Bathgate"

 

Charles Grodin - His 1980s roles included Neil Simon's "Seems Like Old Times" and 1988's well-reviewed comedy "Midnight Run", a buddy movie co-starring Robert De Niro

 

Dinah Manoff - In 1980, Manoff got the role of Libby Tucker in Neil Simon's Broadway play, "I Ought to Be in Pictures" and won the Tony *award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play as well as the Theatre World *award

 

Paul Barresi - In addition to his work in pornographic film and video, Barresi toured in a 1980 summer stock suite of scenes from Neil Simon plays, headlined by Paul Lynde


1982

Ann-Margret - In 1982, Ann-Margret co-starred with Walter Matthau and Dinah Manoff in the film version of Neil Simon's play "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

 

The Sunshine Boys (film) - This would be Matthau's last Neil Simon movie until 1982's "I Ought to Be in Pictures" with Ann-Margret and Dinah Manoff


1983

During one season, he had four successful plays showing on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor add something

 

For "Brighton Beach Memoirs" he was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle award, followed by another Tony award for Best Play of 1985, "Biloxi Blues" add something

 

In 1983 he began writing the first of three autobiographical plays, "Brighton Beach Memoirs" , "Biloxi Blues" , and "Broadway Bound" add something


1984

Peter Davison - In 1984, he appeared in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" at the Apollo Theatre alongside his wife, Sandra Dickinson


1985

Penelope Ann Miller - Her Broadway theatre break came in 1985 when she was cast in the lead in the Neil Simon play "Biloxi Blues"

 

Woody Harrelson - In 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon, in Tijuana


1987

John Randolph (actor) - He won the 1987 Tony *award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the Neil Simon play, "Broadway Bound"


1989

Jason Alexander - On Broadway, he appeared in Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along," Kander & Ebb's "The Rink", Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound", "Accomplice", and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", for which he garnered the 1989 Tony *award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical


1990

Jean Smart - Other roles during the 1990s included Dana Colby in Steve Martini's "Undue Influence" , Holly in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II" , and Deborah Sloane in "Guinevere" among others


1991

After winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1991 for "Lost in Yonkers", critics began to take notice of the depths, complexity and issues of universal interest in his stories, which expressed serious concerns of most average people add something

 

In 1991 he won the Pulitzer Prize along with the Tony award for "Lost in Yonkers" add something

 

This attitude changed after 1991, when he won a Pulitzer Prize for drama with "Lost in Yonkers" add something

 

Armand Assante - He portrayed the notorious Bugsy Siegel in a comedy, Neil Simon's "The Marrying Man" , another mobster in "Hoffa" starring Jack Nicholson, and crime kingpin John Gotti in the 1996 made-for-television biopic "Gotti", for which he won his Primetime Emmy *award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

 

Bruno Kirby - In 1991, Kirby made his Broadway debut when he replaced Kevin Spacey in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"

 

Kevin Spacey - In 1991, he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Lost in Yonkers.

 

Irene Worth - In 1991, she won a third Tony for her performance as the tough as nails Grandma Kurnitz in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" and later appeared in the film version along with Richard Dreyfuss and Mercedes Ruehl

 

Mercedes Ruehl - She received a 1991 Tony *award as Best Actress for Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"


1993

Nathan Lane - In 1993, he portrayed Sid Caesar-like Max Prince in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", inspired by Simon's early career writing sketches for "Your Show of Shows"

 

Martin Short - Short resumed work in the theater, playing a lead role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film "The Goodbye Girl", on Broadway, receiving a Tony *award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle *award


1994

During an interview with drama author Jackson R. Bryer in 1994 about how to write comedy, Simon said he would tell aspiring playwrights not to try to make it funny add something


1996

Sid Caesar - In 1996, the Writers Guild of America, West reunited Caesar with nine of his writers from "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" for a two-hour panel discussion featuring head writer Mel Tolkin, Caesar, Carl Reiner, Aaron Ruben, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny_Simon, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin


1997

Jan Maxwell - She appeared in "A Doll's House" in 1997 opposite Janet_McTeer; Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" in 2000 opposite John Ritter and Henry Winkler and "Sixteen Wounded" in 2004 with Judd Hirsch and Martha Plimpton

 

L. Scott Caldwell - She returned to Broadway in 1997 as the lead in Neil Simon's "Proposals"


1999

Steve Martin - In 1999, Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, "The Out-of-Towners"

 

Marsha Mason - Mason reunited with "Goodbye Girl" co-star Richard Dreyfuss and writer Neil Simon in Duncan Weldon and Emanuel Azenberg's production of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" in 1999 which was performed at the L.A. Theatre Works shortly after a revival in London's West End and led to a Grammy nomination in comedy

 

Elaine Joyce - She has been married to playwright Neil Simon since September 1999


2000

Henry Winkler - A close friend of actor John Ritter, the two led a Broadway ensemble cast in Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" in 2000

 

Jenny Seagrove - In 2000 she appeared in "Brief Encounter" at the Lyric Theatre; followed by Neil Simon's "The Female Odd Couple" at the Apollo


2002

Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002 add something


2004

In 2004, Simon received a kidney transplant from his long-time friend and publicist Bill Evans add something


2005

Brad Garrett - In 2005, Garrett appeared on Broadway playing Murray the Cop in the revival of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - In 2005, a production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" starring Bill Bailey and Alan Davies was staged at the Assembly Hall, the meeting place on the Mound of the Church of Scotland


2006

In 2006, Simon received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor add something

 

Herschel Savage - In 2006 he starred in Neil Simon's play "The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue" under the stage name Max Cohen, at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica

 

Amanda Peet - In February 2006, she performed in Neil Simon's Broadway production of "Barefoot in the Park"


2009

Laurie Metcalf - Through the end of June 2009, Metcalf starred with French Stewart in Justin Tanner's play, "Voice Lessons", in Hollywood before beginning rehearsals to play Kate Jerome in the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical plays "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound", directed by David Cromer


2012

Danny DeVito - In April 2012, DeVito made his West End acting debut in a revival of the Neil Simon play "The Sunshine Boys" as Willie Clark - alongside Richard Griffiths

 

Richard Griffiths - In April 2012, Griffiths starred, alongside Hollywood actor Danny DeVito, in a revival of the Neil Simon play "The Sunshine Boys"


2018

Neil Simon died on August 26, 2018, after being on life support while hospitalized for renal failure add something