Neil Simon

Neil Simon

Highest Rated: 97% The Odd Couple (1968)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Marrying Man (1991)

Birthday: Jul 4, 1927

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

A staff writer on the signature comedy series of television's infancy, "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54), Neil Simon went on to establish himself as one of Broadway's most prolific and consistent hit makers. Over the course of four decades, a Simon play or musical opened most seasons on Broadway and were often turned into major motion pictures within a couple of years, including "Barefoot in the Park" (1967), "The Out-of-Towners" (1969), "The Sunshine Boys" (1975) and "California Suite" (1978). Simon also wrote his share of original screenplays, such as the mystery spoof "Murder By Death" (1976) and the charming romantic comedy "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), though it was largely his stage work that earned him his reputation. Perhaps his most enduring creation was "The Odd Couple," which was a play in 1965, a film in 1968 and a television show that ran five seasons starting in 1970, while over the decades popping up in other incarnations. In the 1980s, Simon began a series of semi-autobiographical coming-of-age plays focused on his alleged alter-ego, Eugene Jerome. Dubbed the Eugene Trilogy, the plays consisted of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1983), "Biloxi Blues" (1985) and "Broadway Bound" (1986), with the former two being turned into feature films. After years as an unbridled hit maker, Simon earned the overwhelming respect of critics with "Lost in Yonkers" (1991), which earned him a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for drama. Though his output tapered off in his later years, Simon remained the most important playwright of the latter half of the 20th century.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 44% The Goodbye Girl Screenwriter - 2004
No Score Yet 40% Laughter on the 23rd Floor Executive Producer,
Writer
- 2001
26% 31% The Out-of-Towners Writer $28.5M 1999
27% 56% Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II Writer,
Producer
$18.9M 1998
71% 78% Lost in Yonkers Screenwriter $9.1M 1993
10% 44% The Marrying Man Writer $12.4M 1991
71% 79% Brighton Beach Memoirs Writer $11.0M 1986
71% 69% Max Dugan Returns Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1983
80% 45% I Ought to Be in Pictures Producer - 1982
63% 40% Only When I Laugh Producer,
Writer
- 1981
70% 64% Seems Like Old Times Writer - 1980
50% 45% California Suite Screenwriter - 1978
65% 83% Murder by Death Screenwriter - 1976
72% 72% The Sunshine Boys Writer - 1975
70% 56% Plaza Suite Screenwriter - 1971
63% 69% The Out-of-Towners Screenwriter - 1970
86% 73% Sweet Charity Writer - 1969
97% 89% The Odd Couple Screenwriter - 1968
83% 79% Barefoot in the Park Screenwriter - 1967
78% 65% After the Fox Writer - 1966

TV

Credit
95% 94% Frasier Andy (Guest Voice) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1995
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Neil Simon (Guest Star) 1974