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|Born:||July 4, 1927||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bronx, New York, USA||Profession:||Writer ...|
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Served with US Army Air Force
Wrote comedy material for radio with brother Danny
Was a staff writer on "Your Shows of Shows", starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca
Wrote for "The Phil Silvers Show/You'll Never Get Rich"
First writing for stage, collaborated with brother on material for the Broadway revue "Catch a Star"
Was a staff writer on the TV series "Stanley", starring Buddy Hackett
First produced play, "Come Blow Your Horn"; adapted for film in 1963
Wrote the book for the Broadway musical, "Little Me", starring Sid Caesar
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
First screenplay, "After the Fox", adapted from his story
First film as associate producer, "Barefoot in the Park"; also scripted
Wrote book for musical "Promises, Promises", based on the classic Billy Wilder film "The Apartment"
Garnered first Oscar nomination for adapting "The Odd Couple"; film teamed Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
First screenplay not based on own work, "The Heartbreak Kid", adapted from a Bruce Jay Friedman short story
Garnered second Oscar nomination for screenplay for "The Sunshine Boys"
First of five screenplays starring second wife Marsha Mason, "The Goodbye Girl"; received third Academy Award nomination
Earned last Oscar nomination (to date) for adapting "California Suite"
Wrote first of trilogy of autobiographical plays, "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
Second play in trilogy "Biloxi Blues", about his miliatary experiences, received Tony as Best Play
Third play in trilogy "Broadway Bound" focused on early success as a comedy writer
Received Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Lost in Yonkers", a semi-autobiographical work
"Neil Simon's 'Broadway Bound'" produced for ABC-TV; first adaptation of a Simon play made directly for TV
"Laughter on the 23rd Floor", based on his experience writing for Sid Caesar, opened on Broadway starring Nathan Lane
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
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
Wrote film sequel "The Odd Couple II", which sank at the box office despite the presence of Matthau and Lemmon
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
Had new play "The Dinner Party" open on Broadway
Adapted semi-autobiographical play about working on "Your Show of Show" for Showtime as "Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
Returned to Broadway with the comedy "45 Seconds From Broadway"; was unable to attend opening night due to back surgery
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