Paul Mazursky

Highest Rated: 100% Blume in Love (1973)
Lowest Rated: 7% Faithful (1996)
Birthday: Apr 25, 1930
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Although actor/director Paul Mazursky enjoyed a lengthy and successful career spanning several decades, he rose to his greatest prominence during the 1970s, an era during which his films probed with uncommon insight and depth. Born Irwin Mazursky on April 25, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY, he studied literature at the nearby Brooklyn College. There he began acting, winning acclaim for a leading role in a 1950 campus revival of Leonid Andreyev's He Who Gets Slapped. His performance caught the eye of scenarist Howard Sackler, who introduced the young actor to an aspiring filmmaker named Stanley Kubrick. Mazursky then took a leave of absence from his studies to travel to California to appear in Kubrick's little-seen debut feature, Fear and Desire, for which he changed his first name to Paul. Upon graduating in 1951, he migrated to Greenwich Village, where he studied method acting under Lee Strasberg. He also appeared in a number of stock productions, ranging from Death of a Salesman to The Seagull. In 1955, Mazursky returned to the screen, appearing as a juvenile delinquent in Richard Brooks' The Blackboard Jungle. Major success continued to elude him, however, and he spent the next several years regularly appearing in small roles on television and both on and off-Broadway. He also appeared as a standup comic, first performing with fellow comedian Herb Hartig in an act billed as "Igor and H" and later touring the nation as a solo act. In 1959, Mazursky relocated to Los Angeles, forging a collaboration with fellow struggling performer Larry Tucker while working with the U.C.L.A. repertory company. In 1963, he and Tucker were both signed as writers for television's Danny Kaye Show, and two years later they penned the pilot for The Monkees. In 1966, Mazursky also appeared in Vic Morrow's low-budget Deathwatch, making his first return to film in over a decade. With the short subject Last Year at Malibu -- a parody of the Alain Resnais masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad -- Mazursky made his directorial debut, and in 1968 he and Tucker wrote the screenplay for the feature I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. Strong reviews allowed Mazursky the leverage to direct the duo's next script, 1969's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; a frank comedy about the "new morality" of the sexual revolution, the film was a massive hit, earning close to 20 million dollars. Its success offered Mazursky the freedom to make movies according to the wishes and demands of no one but himself, and he responded with 1970's Alex in Wonderland, the clearly autobiographical tale of a young filmmaker pondering his future. The picture was an unmitigated critical and financial disaster, however, and injured by its reception, he traveled to Europe to take stock of his career. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Mazursky ended his partnership with Larry Tucker and began work on his first solo screenplay, Harry and Tonto. Finding no takers for the project, he instead turned to 1973's Blume in Love, a return to reviewers' good graces. After securing the backing of 20th Century Fox, he finally made Harry and Tonto in 1974, directing star Art Carney to an Academy Award. Next, he again turned reflective, going back to his youth for the inspiration behind 1976's Next Stop, Greenwich Village, followed by an appearance in the 1976 Barbra Steisand remake of A Star Is Born. Mazursky's next directorial effort, 1978's An Unmarried Woman, remains the most highly regarded of his pictures, scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Picture as well as a Best Actress nod for star Jill Clayburgh. The 1980 Willie and Phil -- an homage to Francois Truffaut's masterpiece Jules et Jim -- met with a mixed reception, as did its follow-up, 1982's Tempest, an update of the Shakespeare drama. He then helmed the 1984 culture-clash comedy Moscow on the Hudson, a vehicle for Robin Williams which restored some of his critical and box-office lustre, and in 1986 Mazursky scored his biggest success in years with the satire Down and Out in

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Show Me The Magic Actor 2012
81% Kung Fu Panda 2 Musician Bunny $165.3M 2011
75% Tales From the Script Actor 2010
No Score Yet Nick Nolte: No Exit Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cattle Call (National Lampoon's Cattle Call) Judge Mendel 2006
73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Charlie 2006
No Score Yet Searching for Orson Actor 2006
77% A Decade Under the Influence Actor 2003
20% Big Shot's Funeral Studio Boss 2003
42% The Majestic Studio Executive 2001
86% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Actor 2001
30% Crazy in Alabama Walter 1999
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Brant 1999
83% Winchell Director Winchell's Father 1998
93% Antz Psychologist 1998
53% Why Do Fools Fall In Love Morris Levy 1998
76% Bulworth Himself 1998
33% Touch Artie 1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction Dr. Cummings 1997
59% 2 Days in the Valley Teddy Peppers 1996
7% Faithful Dr. Susskind 1996
45% Miami Rhapsody Vic Marcus 1995
30% Love Affair Herb 1994
20% The Pickle Producer Director Screenwriter Butch Levine 1993
80% Carlito's Way Judge Feinstein 1993
7% Man Trouble Lee MacGreevy 1992
32% Scenes from a Mall Screenwriter Producer Dr. Hans Clava Director 1991
29% Taking Care of Business Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
80% Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Sidney Lipkin 1989
91% Enemies, a Love Story Leon Tortshiner Director Screenwriter Producer 1989
56% Punchline Arnold 1988
42% Moon over Parador Producer Screenwriter Director 1988
81% Down and Out in Beverly Hills Director Screenwriter Sidney Waxman Producer 1986
38% Into the Night Bud Herman 1985
86% Moscow On The Hudson Director Dave 1984
67% Tempest Screenwriter Director Producer Terry Bloomfield 1982
62% History of the World---Part I Roman Officer 1981
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Director Stanely Tarlo 1980
No Score Yet Willie & Phil Director Producer Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet A Man, a Woman and a Bank Norman 1979
90% An Unmarried Woman Screenwriter Director Producer Hal 1978
36% A Star is Born Brian 1976
75% Next Stop, Greenwich Village Producer Screenwriter Director 1976
88% Harry and Tonto Director Screenwriter Producer 1974
100% Blume in Love Director Screenwriter Blume's Partner Producer 1973
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland Screenwriter Hal Stern Director 1970
92% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Director Screenwriter 1969
14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer 1968
No Score Yet Deathwatch Maurice 1966
75% Blackboard Jungle Emmanuel Stoker 1955
79% Fear and Desire Sidney 1953

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Femme Fatales
2011-2012
Warden
  • 2011
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Norm
  • 2009
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Norm
  • 2009
  • 2004
No Score Yet Once and Again
1999-2002
Phil Brooks Phil
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Screenwriter
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Policeman Frank Orderly
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1960

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