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Neal Israel

Highest Rated: 83% Finding Neverland (2004)

Lowest Rated: 11% Surf Ninjas (1993)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1945

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Neal Israel has sustained an enduring career in Hollywood as a writer, director, producer, and even an occasional actor, though he is best known for writing a few hit comedies of the 1980s, including "Police Academy" and "Bachelor Party." He broke into the business as a writer on the animated series "Yogi's Gang" in the early '70s before following with his first feature, sharing both writing and directing credit on "Tunnel Vision," an unsuccessful string of sketches about an uncensored TV station. Other writing, directing, and minor acting gigs followed, leading up to the wildly popular "Police Academy," which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Pat Proft. That same year, Israel directed the Tom Hanks comedy "Bachelor Party," again sharing writing credit with Proft. Though his follow-up directorial effort, "Moving Violations," received little praise, his next script, for the goofy science fiction campus comedy "Real Genius," helped create a cult favorite and boosted star Val Kilmer's career. Israel worked on less notable projects after that, co-writing the "Talking" baby sequel, "Look Who's Talking Too," and teaming with then-wife Amy Heckerling (they divorced in 1984). While mostly directing and producing for TV movies and series since then, Israel also served as executive producer on the Oscar-nominated fantasy "Finding Neverland."

Highest rated movies

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive



No Score Yet No Score Yet Jinxed Screenwriter - 2013
No Score Yet 34% Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation Executive Producer - 2008
83% 87% Finding Neverland Executive Producer $51.7M 2004
No Score Yet 31% National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Reunion Director - 2003
No Score Yet 18% The Brady Bunch in the White House Director - 2002
No Score Yet 28% The Poof Point Director - 2001
No Score Yet 45% Hounded Director - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Screenwriter - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Runner Executive Producer - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chocolate for Breakfast Executive Producer - 1998
No Score Yet 38% National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off Director,
- 1997
No Score Yet 70% Kidz in the Wood Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Director,
- 1995
11% 68% Surf Ninjas Director $4.9M 1993
No Score Yet 59% Breaking the Rules Director $23.2K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cover Girl and the Cop Director - 1989
50% 16% It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Dr. Brewster (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 40% Combat High Director - 1986
No Score Yet 50% Moving Violations Director - 1985
74% 83% Real Genius Writer,
$130.8K 1985
55% 64% Police Academy Screenwriter - 1984
54% 56% Bachelor Party Director,
- 1984
No Score Yet 35% Americathon Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tunnelvision Rabbi Rabinowitz/Hippie 2 (Character),
- 1976


96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Director 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Director 2002-2003
54% No Score Yet Do Over Director 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shasta Director 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Director 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Director 1997
No Score Yet 91% The Wonder Years Director 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Boom Leo (Guest Star) 1988