Marvin Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony Award nominations than any other writer. Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. His parents’ financial difficulties affected their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters, where he enjoyed watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and serving a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, he began writing comedy scripts for radio programs and popular early television shows. Among the latter were Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. His first produced play was Come Blow Your Horn. It took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway.
|Born:||Marvin Neil Simon, July 4, 1927, The Bronx, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||August 26, 2018, New York City, U.S.|
|Occupation:||Playwright, screenwriter, author|
|Alma mater:||New York University, University of Denver|
|Genre:||Comedy, drama, farce, autobiography|
|Notable works:||Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Come Blow Your Horn, The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers|
|Notable awards:||Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1991)|
|Relatives:||Danny Simon (brother), Michael H. Simon (nephew)|
|IMDb:||Neil Simon’s IMDb|
About Neil Simon
New York playwright who wrote such popular plays as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, and Biloxi Blues. Across his career, he received more combined Tony and Oscar Award nominations than any other writer.
He grew up during The Great Depression and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age sixteen, where he earned the nickname Doc.
In 1991, he won a Pulitzer prize and a Tony Award for his play Lost in Yonkers.
In 1950, he wrote scripts for comedian Sid Caesar‘s variety show Your Show of Shows.
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- DeWitt Clinton High School alumni
- Kennedy Center honorees
- Jewish American screenwriters
- Military personnel from New York City
- Drama Desk Award winners
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