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Born: July 4, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Writer ...
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1945:
Served with US Army Air Force
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Wrote comedy material for radio with brother Danny
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Was a staff writer on "Your Shows of Shows", starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca
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Wrote for "The Phil Silvers Show/You'll Never Get Rich"
1955:
First writing for stage, collaborated with brother on material for the Broadway revue "Catch a Star"
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Was a staff writer on the TV series "Stanley", starring Buddy Hackett
1961:
First produced play, "Come Blow Your Horn"; adapted for film in 1963
1962:
Wrote the book for the Broadway musical, "Little Me", starring Sid Caesar
1965:
Sold the stage rights to "Barefoot in the Park" and the ancillary rights to "The Odd Couple" to Paramount Pictures for $125,000, possibly the worst business decision of career; received no money from the popular "The Odd Couple" TV series (ABC, 1970-1975), starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall
1966:
First screenplay, "After the Fox", adapted from his story
1967:
First film as associate producer, "Barefoot in the Park"; also scripted
1968:
Wrote book for musical "Promises, Promises", based on the classic Billy Wilder film "The Apartment"
1968:
Garnered first Oscar nomination for adapting "The Odd Couple"; film teamed Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
1972:
First screenplay not based on own work, "The Heartbreak Kid", adapted from a Bruce Jay Friedman short story
1975:
Garnered second Oscar nomination for screenplay for "The Sunshine Boys"
1977:
First of five screenplays starring second wife Marsha Mason, "The Goodbye Girl"; received third Academy Award nomination
1978:
Earned last Oscar nomination (to date) for adapting "California Suite"
1982:
Wrote first of trilogy of autobiographical plays, "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1985:
Second play in trilogy "Biloxi Blues", about his miliatary experiences, received Tony as Best Play
1986:
Third play in trilogy "Broadway Bound" focused on early success as a comedy writer
1991:
Received Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Lost in Yonkers", a semi-autobiographical work
1992:
"Neil Simon's 'Broadway Bound'" produced for ABC-TV; first adaptation of a Simon play made directly for TV
1993:
"Laughter on the 23rd Floor", based on his experience writing for Sid Caesar, opened on Broadway starring Nathan Lane
1994:
Created stir in theater world when he opted to allow new play "London Suite" to be produced Off-Broadway, citing economics of producing original non-musical work on Broadway
1997:
30th play, "Proposals", featuring his first major black character, opened and closed on Broadway; the revival of "The Sunshine Boys" exhibited more staying power with a run in excess of six months, due in no small part to the chemistry of its stars Randall and Klugman
1998:
Wrote film sequel "The Odd Couple II", which sank at the box office despite the presence of Matthau and Lemmon
1998:
Remake of "The-Out-of-Towners", based on his original screenplay, starred Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the roles once played by Lemmon and Sandy Dennis
2000:
Had new play "The Dinner Party" open on Broadway
2001:
Adapted semi-autobiographical play about working on "Your Show of Show" for Showtime as "Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
2001:
Returned to Broadway with the comedy "45 Seconds From Broadway"; was unable to attend opening night due to back surgery

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