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Also Known As: Warren Bogle Died:
Born: February 20, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, author, playwright, producer

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Crowned "The Unknown King of Comedy" by NEW YORK magazine in 1985, this former publicist and aspiring academic entered film comedy writing at the very highest level. The 26-year-old Bergman, having penned a 90-page treatment about a black militant cowboy entitled "Tex X", found himself collaborating with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks on what would become the screenplay of "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Bergman received the sole writing credit for "The In-Laws" (1979), a wacky hit starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. PREMIERE writer Andy Webster observed that the comedy writer's work on that project "established his metier: fast-paced farces depicting middlebrow protagonists trapped in extreme situations". Bergman scripted and made his directorial debut with "So Fine" (1981), a sometimes boldly silly Ryan O'Neal vehicle about a professor who conquers the garment industry with an idea for see-through jeans. Bergman's screenplay for Michael Ritchie's popular comic mystery "Fletch" (1985) provided a superior showcase for Chevy Chase. He again served as a writer-director with "The Freshman" (1990), an engaging and well-received comedy starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.

Crowned "The Unknown King of Comedy" by NEW YORK magazine in 1985, this former publicist and aspiring academic entered film comedy writing at the very highest level. The 26-year-old Bergman, having penned a 90-page treatment about a black militant cowboy entitled "Tex X", found himself collaborating with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks on what would become the screenplay of "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Bergman received the sole writing credit for "The In-Laws" (1979), a wacky hit starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. PREMIERE writer Andy Webster observed that the comedy writer's work on that project "established his metier: fast-paced farces depicting middlebrow protagonists trapped in extreme situations". Bergman scripted and made his directorial debut with "So Fine" (1981), a sometimes boldly silly Ryan O'Neal vehicle about a professor who conquers the garment industry with an idea for see-through jeans. Bergman's screenplay for Michael Ritchie's popular comic mystery "Fletch" (1985) provided a superior showcase for Chevy Chase. He again served as a writer-director with "The Freshman" (1990), an engaging and well-received comedy starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Isn't She Great (2000) Director
2.
  Striptease (1996) Director
3.
  It Could Happen to You (1994) Director
4.
  Honeymoon In Vegas (1992) Director
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  The Freshman (1990) Director
6.
  So Fine (1981) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Brando (Part 2) (2007)
2.
 Brando (Part 1) (2007)
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Worked as publicist at United Artists; authored several books on Hollywood (fiction and non-fiction)
1974:
Feature film co-writing debut (with Richard Pryor and director Mel Brooks), "Blazing Saddles" (also story)
1979:
Feature solo writing debut, "The In-Laws"
1981:
Feature directing debut (also writer), "So Fine"
1985:
First film produced for own production company, Bergman/Lobell Productions (with Michael Lobell), "The Journey of Natty Gann"
1986:
Credited as Warren Bogle for producing and co-writing (with director John Cassavetes), "Big Trouble"
1987:
TV debut, wrote and co-executive produced (with Lobell) TV sitcom pilot, "Mickey and Nora"
1991:
First film credited as producer (co-executive with Lobell), "White Fang"
2000:
Directed the Jacqueline Susann biopic "Isn't She Great"
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Education

Harpur College: Binghamton , New York -
University of Wisconsin: Madison , Wisconsin - 1970

Notes

"Bergman is a clever writer, full of off-the-wall notions, which he works into elaborate farce plots: he's Mel Brooks with structure. In 'The In-Laws,' Alan Arkin is a dentist led astray by a rogue C.I.A. operative (Peter Falk)...and winds up dodging bullets on a Caribbean island. The college professor played by Ryan O'Neal in 'So Fine' finds himself working in the garment trade and running for his life from a hulking mobster. The hero of 'The Freshman' is, within a few days of arriving in New York, making deliveries for an "importer"...and being treated like a member of Sabatini's family (or Family).... All the movies he's worked on have funny things in them, but they're all marred, in varying degrees, by overinsistence: they keep telling us how outrageous they are and what a great time we're having, and we're rarely allowed to respond freely--to catch a comic detail out of the corner of our eye." --Terrence Rafferty in his review of "The Freshman" (THE NEW YORKER, July 30, 1990)

"Bergman writes the same story over and over, and it's a serviceable one: a reserved middle-class guy is plunked down in an unfamiliar and dangerous subculture....The key to Bergman's sense of humor is that the denizens of each movie's alien culture always act as if their way of life were the most natural thing in the world: the hero is sweating and shaking and looking for the nearest exit, and the people around him can't figure out what he's so upset about." --Terrence Rafferty in his review of "The Freshman" (THE NEW YORKER, July 30, 1990)

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wife:
Louise Bergman.

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father:
Rudy Bergman. Journalist, comedy writer. Wrote a radio and TV column for the New York "Daily News"; wrote for Victor Borge among others; introduced Bergman to Borge, Ernie Kovacs, and Bob and Ray.

Bibliography close complete biography

"We're In the Money: Depression America and Its Films" New York University Press
"The Big Kiss-Off of 1944"
"Hollywood and Levine"
"Social Security"
"Sleepless Nights"
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