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Born: August 31, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Glen Oaks, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, playwright, actor, director, professor (screenwriting)

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As one of arguably the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Lowell Ganz, along with writing partner of Babaloo Mandel, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After receiving his start in television on shows like "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984) and "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983), Ganz partnered with Mandel and embarked on an incredibly successful feature career that benefited from frequent collaborations with producer Brian Glazer and director Ron Howard, starting with "Night Shift" (1982). Ganz and Mandel went on to write huge hits like "Splash" (1984) and "Parenthood" (1989), while also faltering with more mundane projects like "Gung Ho" (1986) and the Cyndi Lauper vehicle "Vibes" (1988). Ganz and Mandel had perhaps their greatest success, both critically and commercially, with "City Slickers" (1991) and followed up with the warmhearted comedy about a forgotten piece of history, "A League of Their Own" (1992). The pair saw their creative success falter when they went back to the well on the inevitable sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994) before striking out with rather mediocre offerings like...

As one of arguably the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Lowell Ganz, along with writing partner of Babaloo Mandel, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After receiving his start in television on shows like "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984) and "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983), Ganz partnered with Mandel and embarked on an incredibly successful feature career that benefited from frequent collaborations with producer Brian Glazer and director Ron Howard, starting with "Night Shift" (1982). Ganz and Mandel went on to write huge hits like "Splash" (1984) and "Parenthood" (1989), while also faltering with more mundane projects like "Gung Ho" (1986) and the Cyndi Lauper vehicle "Vibes" (1988). Ganz and Mandel had perhaps their greatest success, both critically and commercially, with "City Slickers" (1991) and followed up with the warmhearted comedy about a forgotten piece of history, "A League of Their Own" (1992). The pair saw their creative success falter when they went back to the well on the inevitable sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994) before striking out with rather mediocre offerings like "Multiplicity" (1996) and "Father's Day" (1997). Following a period where they wrote uncredited drafts of several high-profile projects, Ganz and Mandel reemerged with "Robots" (2005) and "Fever Pitch" (2005), both of which displayed the comic touch that was on full display during the height of their careers.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Channel 99 (1988) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Robots (2005) Voice
2.
 Ed TV (1999) Lawyer
3.
 Greedy (1994) Tv Director
4.
 Mr. Saturday Night (1992) 1st Writer
5.
 Parenthood (1989) Stan
6.
 Splash (1984) Stan--The Tour Guide
7.
 Laverne & Shirley (2001) Interviewee
8.
 Happy Days (2001) Interviewee
10.
 Day With, A (1995)
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1970:
First writing job, a staff writer on ABC's "The Odd Couple"; eventually became head writer
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Met future writing partner Marc Mandel (Babaloo Mandel) at Hollywood's Comedy Store in the early 1970s
1974:
Worked as a supervising producer on "Happy Days" (ABC)
1976:
Co-created and produced "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC); began his writing collaboration with Mandel
1977:
First credit as executive producer, "Busting Loose," a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Adam Arkin; also wrote episodes
1979:
First TV credit as a director on "Angie," ABC's short-lived sitcom created by Garry Marshall
1979:
First TV credit as a creator (with Garry Marshall) on "Makin' It," ABC's short-lived sitcom starring David Naughton; also co-executive produced
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Approached by producer Brian Grazer with the story idea for "Night Shift"
1982:
First feature credit for the screenplay of Ron Howard's "Night Shift"; first collaboration with Grazer and Howard
1984:
Co-wrote the screenplay for the Ron Howard directed, "Splash"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1985:
Collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the screenplay for John Landis' "Spies Like Us"
1990:
Collaborated with Mandel and Ron Howard on the screenplay for "Parenthood"; Howard also directed
1991:
First collaboration with Billy Crystal on the screenplay of "City Slickers"
1992:
Collaborated with Mandel on the screenplay for "A League of Their Own"; directed by Penny Marshall
1992:
Executive produced Billy Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night"
1993:
Co-wrote (with Garry Marshall) his first stage play entitled, "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"; opened off-Broadway after successful runs in Los Angeles and in Chicago
1994:
Co-wrote sequel of "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
1995:
Contributed to the script for Billy Crystal's "Forget Paris"
1996:
Co-wrote the comedy, "Multiplicity"; co-produced and directed by Harold Ramis
1997:
Worked on screenplay for the Billy Crystal and Robin Williams comedy, "Father's Day"
1999:
Co-wrote (with partner Babaloo Mandel) the Ron Howard directed, "EDtv"
2000:
Penned the screenplay for "Where the Heart Is," starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd
2005:
Adapted the Nick Hornby novel, "Fever Pitch" for the screen
2005:
Collaborated on the screenplay for the computer-animated comedy, "Robots"
2010:
Re-teamed with Babaloo Mandel to write "The Tooth Fairy"
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Education

Queens College: Flushing , New York -

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wife:
Jeanne Russo. Research assistant. Married on December 26, 1976.

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mother:
Jean Ganz.
father:
Irving Ganz. Arts supply executive. Born on July 21, 1924; retired.
brother:
Jeffrey Ganz. TV producer.
son:
Scott Ganz.
daughter:
Allison Ganz.
son:
Simon Ganz.
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