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Born: November 25, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, musician, attorney, teacher

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This American playwright has made occasional forays into motion pictures and TV with generally successful results. Murray Schisgal's profile benefited from his association with actor-director Dustin Hoffman beginning in the late 1960s on stage and culminating in 1982's comedy classic "Tootsie". (He shared final writing credit--and a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination--with Larry Gelbart and Don McGuire although there remains controversy over the contributions of each writer.) A native of Brooklyn, Schisgal turned to writing plays after careers as a musician, attorney and teacher. His early work reached the stage in Britain before hitting New York, with "The Typist" premiering on the London stage in 1961, and not making it to the Orpheum Theatre in New York until 1963. His first Broadway success came with "Luv", a three-character play about pseudo-intellectuals, which premiered in 1964 and earned a Tony Award for director Mike Nichols. The play was the basis of a failed 1967 film adaptation scripted by Elliot Baker and starring Jack Lemmon, Elaine May and Peter Falk. Also in 1967, Schisgal penned "The Tiger Makes Out", the screen version of his first produced play which featured Eli Wallach and...

This American playwright has made occasional forays into motion pictures and TV with generally successful results. Murray Schisgal's profile benefited from his association with actor-director Dustin Hoffman beginning in the late 1960s on stage and culminating in 1982's comedy classic "Tootsie". (He shared final writing credit--and a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination--with Larry Gelbart and Don McGuire although there remains controversy over the contributions of each writer.)

A native of Brooklyn, Schisgal turned to writing plays after careers as a musician, attorney and teacher. His early work reached the stage in Britain before hitting New York, with "The Typist" premiering on the London stage in 1961, and not making it to the Orpheum Theatre in New York until 1963. His first Broadway success came with "Luv", a three-character play about pseudo-intellectuals, which premiered in 1964 and earned a Tony Award for director Mike Nichols. The play was the basis of a failed 1967 film adaptation scripted by Elliot Baker and starring Jack Lemmon, Elaine May and Peter Falk. Also in 1967, Schisgal penned "The Tiger Makes Out", the screen version of his first produced play which featured Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and marked the screen debut of Dustin Hoffman. Although he had become an established film personality with 1967's "The Graduate", Hoffman chose to return to the theater as star and director of Schisgal's "Jimmy Shine" (1968) and later as director of "All Over Town" (1974). Most of the writer's other plays have been produced either at small theaters in NYC or at regional theaters.

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 Tootsie (1982) Party Guest
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1944:
Served in US Navy
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Earned living as musician
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After passing the New York State bar, practiced law
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Abandoned law to become a teacher
1961:
First produced play, "The Typist"; opened in London
1962:
Wrote first produced screenplay, "Ducks and Lovers"
1963:
New York premiere of "The Typist"; produced Off-Broadway on a double bill with "The Tiger"
1964:
Had major Broadway success with "Luv"
1966:
First teleplay produced, "The Love Song of Barney Kempinski" (ABC)
1967:
Adapted his Off-Broadway success as "The Tiger Makes Out"; film marked feature acting debut of Dustin Hoffman
1968:
Play "Jimmy Shine" produced on Broadway directed by and starring Hoffman
1974:
Hoffman directed the Broadway version of "All Over Town"
1981:
Adapted "Jimmy Shine" into the musical "An Original Jimmy Shine"; premiered at UCLA
1982:
Was one of three credited writers on the hit comedy film "Tootsie", starring Dustin Hoffman; shared Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay; sparked controversy as Larry Gelbart objected to sharing credit on the film
1987:
Wrote the libretto for "What About Luv?"; premiered in England; based on his Broadway hit
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Education

Brooklyn Center Campus, Long Island University: Brooklyn , New York -
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Brooklyn , New York -
Brooklyn Law School: Brooklyn , New York - 1953
New School for Social Research: New York , New York - 1959

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wife:
Renee Schisgal. Producer. Married in 1958.

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father:
Abraham Schisgal. Tailor.
mother:
Irene Schisgal.
daughter:
Jane Schisgal.
son:
Zachary Schisgal.
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"Days and Nights of a French Horn Player" Little, Brown

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