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Also Known As: Died: October 23, 2002
Born: December 2, 1915 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, actor

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So long-running and fruitful was his partnership with Betty Comden, Adolph Green was frequently thought to be married to her, but instead, the writers-singers-actors shared a sophisticated, witty flair and friendship that earned them both pop culture immortality as writers of stage, screen and song. After starting out together in a troupe called The Revuers, Green and Comden earned a ticket to the big time with the lyrics and book for "On the Town," which they adapted into a 1949 film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Showered with awards and nominations, they wrote the screenplays for the film hits "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "The Band Wagon" (1953), "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955), "Bells Are Ringing" (1960), which was based on their musical, and "Auntie Mame" (1958). Seven-time Tony-winners, they penned such classic Broadway hits as "Wonderful Town," "Peter Pan" and "Applause." Awarded the Kennedy Center Honors and enshrined in multiple halls of fame, Green died of natural causes on Dec. 4, 2002, but the movies, shows and music he and Comden wrote would live on forever as beloved standards whose sparkling craftsmanship revealed the pair's genius.

So long-running and fruitful was his partnership with Betty Comden, Adolph Green was frequently thought to be married to her, but instead, the writers-singers-actors shared a sophisticated, witty flair and friendship that earned them both pop culture immortality as writers of stage, screen and song. After starting out together in a troupe called The Revuers, Green and Comden earned a ticket to the big time with the lyrics and book for "On the Town," which they adapted into a 1949 film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Showered with awards and nominations, they wrote the screenplays for the film hits "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "The Band Wagon" (1953), "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955), "Bells Are Ringing" (1960), which was based on their musical, and "Auntie Mame" (1958). Seven-time Tony-winners, they penned such classic Broadway hits as "Wonderful Town," "Peter Pan" and "Applause." Awarded the Kennedy Center Honors and enshrined in multiple halls of fame, Green died of natural causes on Dec. 4, 2002, but the movies, shows and music he and Comden wrote would live on forever as beloved standards whose sparkling craftsmanship revealed the pair's genius.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Substance of Fire, The (1996) Mr Musselblatt
3.
 I Want to Go Back Home (1989) Joey Wellman
4.
 Funny (1989) Writer
5.
 Lily in Love (1985) Jerry Silber
6.
 Garbo Talks (1984) Himself
7.
 My Favorite Year (1982) Leo Silver
8.
 Simon (1980) Commune Leader
9.
 Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998) Interviewee
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as a runner on Wall Street
1938:
Met Betty Comden while she was a student at NYU
1939:
Formed cabaret act, The Revuers", with Betty Comden and Judy Holliday
1944:
Co-starred and co-wrote (with Comden) the book and lyrics for Broadway muscial, "On the Town"
1944:
First film appearance with the Revuers in "Greenwich Village"
1947:
Co-wrote (with Betty Comden) first screenplay, "Good News"
1979:
Film actor in "Simon"
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Notes

"Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman and Larry Grossman have all provided melodic lines for Comden and Green's word-wizardry. In all, the two have made 17 trips to Broadway and five to the Tony podium." --Harry Haun writing in Daily News, May 28, 1991.

Inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame (1980)

He received an honorary degree from New York Univeristy (along with Betty Comden) in May 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Elizabeth Reitell. Married on June 20, 1941; divorced.
wife:
Allyn Ann McLerie. Actor, singer. Divorced.
wife:
Phyllis Newman. Actor. Married on January 31, 1960.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Daniel Green.
mother:
Helen Green.
son:
Adam Green. Comedian. Mother, Phyllis Newman.
daughter:
Amanda Green. Actor, singer. Mother, Phyllis Newman; married to Jeffrey Kaplan, a doctor, on May 21, 1999.
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