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Birth Place: Bronx, NY, USA

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Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter, and author who was born on July 4, 1927, in The Bronx, New York City. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and prolific playwrights in American history, with a career that spanned over five decades. Simon's work often focused on the trials and tribulations of middle-class life, and his plays were known for their wit, humor, and insight.



Simon began his career as a comedy writer in the 1940s, working on radio and television shows. He made his Broadway debut in 1961 with the play "Come Blow Your Horn," which was a commercial success and ran for over a year. This was followed by a string of successful plays, including "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," "Sweet Charity," and "Plaza Suite."

"The Odd Couple," which premiered on Broadway in 1965, is perhaps Simon's most famous play. It tells the story of two mismatched roommates, Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison, and their hilarious attempts to live together. The play was a huge commercial success and was later adapted into a hit movie and a popular television series.

Simon's success on Broadway earned him numerous awards and accolades, including four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play "Lost in Yonkers." He was also inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1983.

In addition to his work on Broadway, Simon also wrote for film and television. He wrote the screenplays for several successful movies, including "The Goodbye Girl," "The Heartbreak Kid," and "Biloxi Blues." He also wrote for television, creating the popular sitcom "The Odd Couple" and writing for shows such as "Your Show of Shows" and "The Phil Silvers Show."

Despite his success, Simon's personal life was marked by tragedy. He was married five times, and his second wife, actress Joan Baim, died by suicide in 1973. Simon wrote about his experiences in his play "Chapter Two," which premiered on Broadway in 1977.

Simon continued to write and produce plays well into his later years. His last Broadway production, "Rose's Dilemma," premiered in 2003. Simon passed away on August 26, 2018, at the age of 91. His legacy as one of the greatest American playwrights of all time lives on through his work, which continues to be performed and enjoyed by audiences around the world.

In conclusion, Neil Simon was a prolific and successful playwright, screenwriter, and author who left an indelible mark on American culture. His plays were known for their wit, humor, and insight into the trials and tribulations of middle-class life. He won numerous awards and accolades for his work, including four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Despite personal tragedy, Simon continued to write and produce plays well into his later years, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.

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Neil Simon Movies

Come Blow Your Horn
[ 1963 ] writer
After the Fox
[ 1966 ] writer
Barefoot in the Park
[ 1967 ] writer
The Out of Towners
[ 1970 ] writer
Star Spangled Girl
[ 1971 ] writer
Plaza Suite
[ 1971 ] writer
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
[ 1972 ] writer
The Heartbreak Kid
[ 1972 ] writer
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
[ 1975 ] writer
The Sunshine Boys
[ 1975 ] writer
Murder by Death
[ 1976 ] writer
The Goodbye Girl
[ 1977 ] writer
The Cheap Detective
[ 1978 ] writer
California Suite
[ 1978 ] writer
Chapter Two
[ 1979 ] writer
Seems Like Old Times
[ 1980 ] writer
Only When I Laugh
[ 1981 ] producer
I Ought to Be in Pictures
[ 1982 ] producer
Max Dugan Returns
[ 1983 ] producer
The Slugger's Wife
[ 1985 ] writer
Brighton Beach Memoirs
[ 1986 ] writer
Biloxi Blues
[ 1988 ] writer
The Marrying Man
[ 1991 ] writer
The Odd Couple II
[ 1998 ] producer

Neil Simon Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Comedy

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Olivier Awards - 1993 - Best Comedy

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Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding New Play

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Drama League Awards - 1991 - Unique Contribution to the Theatre

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The Pulitzer Prize - 1991 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Play

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The Pulitzer Prize - 1987 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Play

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Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Play

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1985 - Best Play

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Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Play

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Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Play

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1983 - Best Play

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Olivier Awards - 1980 - Musical of the Year

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Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Music

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Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Book of a Musical

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Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Play

Neil Simon, Chapter Two

Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Play

Neil Simon, The Sunshine Boys

Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Play

Neil Simon, The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Tony Awards - 1970 - Best Play

Neil Simon, Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Play

Neil Simon, Plaza Suite

New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1965 - Best Play

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Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Play

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Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Play

Neil Simon, The Odd Couple

Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Play

Neil Simon, Barefoot in the Park

Tony Awards - 1963 - Best Musical

Neil Simon, Little Me

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WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH Comes to Rover Dramawerks Next Month

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TOCANDO NUESTRA CANCI�"N entra en su última semana

El próximo domingo 21 de julio el Teatro del Soho Caixabank acogerá la última función de TOCANDO NUESTRA CANCIÓN, que se despide de Málaga tras su temporada de seis semanas.
World Premiere Play By James James Comes To Santa Paula Theater Center's Backstage

Backstage @ Santa Paula Theater Center will present the World Premiere staging of THOROUGHBRED OF MY F**KING HEART, written by James James. THOROUGHBRED OF MY F**KING HEART performs August 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 11, 2024 at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 pm on Sundays. There will be also be a special Thursday performance on August 8 at 8 PM.
GRAND HORIZONS To Be Presented At Cockpit In Court Summer Cabaret Theater.

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Cast Set For THE ANGEL NEXT DOOR at Peninsula Players Theatre

Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the cast of Paul Slade Smith’s comedy “The Angel Next Door.”  This whirlwind comedy makes its Midwest premiere, adding to Smith’s repertoire of side-splitting comedies.  “The Angel Next Door” runs for three weeks, starting July 10 through July 28.
Dakota Johnson visita el primer coloquio de TOCANDO NUESTRA CANCI�"N

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HONEYMOON SUITE (WITH APOLOGIES TO NEIL SIMON) Comes to 905 Cole Theatre

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Dan DeLuca & More to Star in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Pittsburgh CLO

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Single Tickets Go on Sale This Month For Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2024-25 Season

Palm Beach Dramaworks has announced that single tickets for the company's 25th Anniversary Season will be on sale beginning July 22 at 10am at the box office and online.
REVIEW: Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson Are Delightful In Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE

Director Mark Kilmurry delivers a new production of Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE for the main stage 59 years after its Broadway premiere in 1965. 
MJ Celebrates 1000th Performance on Broadway and Releases New Block Of Tickets

MJ the Musical is celebrating 1,000 performances on Broadway. In celebration of the milestone, the production has released a new block of tickets, now on sale for performances through April 27, 2025.
Review: THE SUNSHINE BOYS at Roxy's Downtown

What did our critic think of THE SUNSHINE BOYS at Roxy's Downtown?
92NY Launches The Humanities Audio Collection Featuring Over 400 Archival Recordings

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Haines City Theatre Unveils 2024-2025 Season Lineup

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Austin Rankin and Eric Williams to Play 'Little Michael' in MJ on Broadway

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Actors Theatre of Indiana Teams Up with Carmel Symphony Orchestra For July 3 Event at Coxhall Gardens

 Actors Theatre of Indiana is joining forces once again with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Bring your friends and family and join ATI and CSO on July 3 as they celebrate our independence in the best way – with live music! This event, set at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, is a great way to jumpstart your holiday celebration.  
Previews: THE SUNSHINE BOYS at Roxy's Downtown

Roxy’s Downtown is delighted to announce the upcoming production of the classic Neil Simon comedy, The Sunshine Boys, coming to Wichita this June. A heartwarming and hilarious story, The Sunshine Boys follows two former vaudeville partners who reunite for a television special after years of estrangement. With wit, charm, and Simon's signature humor, the play explores the complexities of friendship, the passage of time, and the enduring power of laughter.
North Coast Repertory's CAMELOT Announces Transfer To Laguna Playhouse

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Cast & Creative Team Set for CAMELOT at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse has revealed the creative team and full cast for the transfer of North Coast Repertory Theatre of Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT. Learn how to purchase tickets.
WOMEN IN JEOPARDY Comes to Santa Paula Theater Center This Month

Santa Paula Theater Center has announced the third Main Stage show of Season 2024, Santa Paula Theater Center announces the second Main Stage show of Season 2024, Wendy MacLoud’s WOMEN IN JEOPARDY.

Neil Simon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Neil Simon written?

Neil Simon has written 37 shows including Catch a Star (Sketches), Joy Ride (Sketches), Come Blow Your Horn (Playwright), Little Me (Bookwriter), Sweet Charity (Bookwriter), The Star-Spangled Girl (Playwright), Plaza Suite (Playwright), Promises, Promises (Bookwriter), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Playwright), The Gingerbread Lady (Playwright), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Playwright), The Sunshine Boys (Playwright), The Good Doctor (Playwright), God's Favorite (Playwright), California Suite (Playwright), Chapter Two (Playwright), They're Playing Our Song (Bookwriter), I Ought to Be in Pictures (Playwright), Fools (Playwright), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Playwright), Biloxi Blues (Playwright), Broadway Bound (Playwright), Rumors (Playwright), I Ought to Be in Pictures (Playwright), Lost in Yonkers (Playwright), Jake's Women (Playwright), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Playwright), London Suite (Playwright), The Goodbye Girl (Bookwriter), Proposals (Playwright), Hotel Suite (Playwright), The Dinner Party (Playwright), 45 Seconds From Broadway (Playwright), Rose's Dilemma (Playwright), The Odd Couple (Playwright), Barefoot in the Park (Playwright), The Neil Simon Plays (Playwright).

What awards has Neil Simon been nominated for?

Neil Simon has been nominated for various awards throughout his career, including Best Comedy at the Olivier Awards for "Laughter On The 23rd Floor" and "Lost In Yonkers." He also received nominations for Outstanding New Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Lost in Yonkers," Unique Contribution to the Theatre at the Drama League Awards, and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama for both "Lost in Yonkers" and "Broadway Bound." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards for several productions such as "Biloxi Blues," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and "The Odd Couple." Simon also received nominations for Best Musical for "They're Playing Our Song" and "Little Me," among others.

What awards has Neil Simon won?

Neil Simon has won several awards throughout his career, including the Unique Contribution to the Theatre from the Drama League Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Lost in Yonkers," the Tony Award for Best Play for "Lost in Yonkers" and "Biloxi Blues," the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play for "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and another Tony Award for Best Play for "The Odd Couple."

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