Neil Simon

Playwright and Screenwriter Neil Simon
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Full Name: Marvin Neil Simon
Profession: Playwright and Screenwriter

United States of America

Biography: As one of America’s most prolific playwrights his plays, including "Barefoot in the Park" (1963) and "The Odd Couple" (1965), have dominated Broadway since the 1960's.

Neil Simon has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer and he is the only playwright to have had four Broadway plays running simultaneously.

Born: July 4, 1927
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 26, 2018 (aged 91)

Married Life

  • 1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Historical Events

  • 1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC. Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
  • 1962-11-17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances
  • 1963-10-23 Neil Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley premieres in NYC
  • 1966-01-29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances
  • 1967-07-15 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields' musical comedy "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 608 performances; wins a Tony Award for choreography
  • 1969-12-28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC
  • 1970-12-13 Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1971-11-11 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC
  • 1972-12-20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC
  • 1973-11-27 Neil Simon's play "Good Doctor" premieres in NYC
  • 1977-12-04 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC
  • 1979-02-11 Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, and Neil Simon's musical "They're Playing Our Song", starring Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz opens at Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 1082 performances
  • 1983-03-27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC
  • 1985-03-28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC
  • 1986-12-04 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC
  • 1988-11-17 Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC
  • 1991-02-21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances
  • 1993-08-15 Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel's musical adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 188 performances
  • 1993-11-22 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances
  • 1994-08-27 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances
  • 1997-12-08 Revival of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys", starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randell, opens at Lyceum Theater, NYC; runs for 230 performance