Neil (I) Simon

as Himself - Winner: Best Play in the movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards

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Real name is Simon, Marvin Neil
Also known as Doc Simon
Was born at 4 July 1927 (now is 91 years old) in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
There is some small facts about Neil (I) Simon:
  • Almost every one of his 30-plus plays, mostly Broadway comedies, has also been adapted into a motion picture-- the greatest such achievement of any playwright/author, even surpassing 'William Shakespeare (I)' As a result, Simon has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer in the history of show business.
  • (28 November 2001) Received newly established 'Apple Award' from The Nederlander Company and Wayne State University. Named in honor of Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, who was known affectionately as 'Apple', the Apple Award will be presented annually to a nationally recognized theatre professional who has made significant contributions in his or her field. The Nederlander's and WSU established the award this year in celebration of the Fisher Theatre's 40th anniversary.
  • Children: daughters Ellen, Nancy by Joan Baim; Bryn (adopted) with 'Diane Lander' .
  • He loves playing tennis.
  • He has became so successful financially that he backs his own plays.
  • His brother, 'Danny Simon (I)' , actually started writing the "The Odd Couple" but was not able to finish it. He asked Neil to take it over, and Neil did in exchange for sole author credit. However, he continued to pay Danny 10% of everything the property generated.
  • The Alvin Theater at 250 W. 52nd Street on Broadway was renamed the Neil Simon Theater on June 23, 1983.
  • 2004: Received kidney transplant donated by Bill Eveans, his publicist.
  • His play, "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", was nominated for a 1997 'Laurence Olivier' Theatre Award for Best New Comedy of 1996.
  • He won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for "Lost In Yonkers" in 1991.
  • Has won two Tony Awards as author of Best Play winners: in 1985 for "Biloxi Blues" and in 1991 for "Lost in Yonkers." Additionally, he has been Tony-nominated an impressive 15 times: in 1963, as Best Author (Musical) and book for Best Musical nominee "Little Me," in 1964, as author of Best Play nominee "Barefoot in the Park;" in 1965, as Best Author (Dramatic) and author of Best Play nominee "The Odd Couple;" in 1966, for book of Best Musical nominee "Sweet Charity;" in 1968, as author of Best Play nominee "Plaza Suite;" in 1969, for book for Best Musical nominee "Promises, Promises;" in 1970, as author of Best Play nominee "Last of the Red Hot Lovers;" in 1972, as author of Best Play nominee "The Prisoner of Second Avenue;" in 1973, as author of Best Play nominee "The Sunshine Boys;" in 1974, as Best Score, his lyrics with 'Peter Link (I)' 's music, for "The Good Doctor;" in 1978, as author of Best Play nominee "Chapter Two;" in 1979, as Best Book (Musical) for "They're Playing Our Song;" and in 1987, as author of Best Play nominee "Broadway Bound."
  • Received the 2006 Mark Twain prize on October 15, 2006 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Neil Simon was nominated for the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Broadway Bound" and the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Lost in Yonkers".
  • Practiced Shaolin Qi Gong with Shaolin Warrior Monk Shi Yan Fan in Sherman Oaks before he moved to New York.
  • Based his play 'The Odd Couple' on his brother Danny's divorce. He actually wrote two versions of it. The more famous version features Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, and is written primarily for a male cast. The other one changes the leads to two women - Olive Madison and Florence Ungar.
  • In 1966 Simon had four shows playing in Broadway theaters at the same time: 'Sweet Charity', 'The Star-Spangled Girl', 'The Odd Couple', and 'Barefoot in the Park'.
  • Part of his film 'Chapter Two' was based on his own life in that after losing his first wife he married actress Marsha Mason 6 months later after a courtship of 22 days. In the film recently widowed George (James Caan) meets and impulsively marries actress Jennie (Marsha Mason) after a whirlwind courtship.
  • His play, "Lost in Yonkers" at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Large Play Production.
Also look some video clip about Neil (I) Simon:
There is the list of movies, where Neil (I) Simon was taked part:
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1 AFIs 100 Years... 100 Passions: Americas Greatest Love Stories movie AFIs 100 Years... 100 Passions: Americas Greatest Love Stories 2002 as Himself
2 Murder by Death: A Conversation with Neil Simon movie Murder by Death: A Conversation with Neil Simon 1999 as Himself
3 Street Scenes: New York on Film movie Street Scenes: New York on Film 1992 as Himself
4 The 39th Annual Tony Awards movie The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 as Himself - Winner: Best Play
5 The 45th Annual Tony Awards movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 as Himself - Winner: Best Play
6 The 5th Annual Sterling Awards movie The 5th Annual Sterling Awards 1991 as Himself
7 The Sid Caesar Collection: Creating the Comedy movie The Sid Caesar Collection: Creating the Comedy 2000 as Himself
8 The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - Love & Laughter movie The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - Love & Laughter 2001 as Himself
9 The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - The Professor and Other Clowns movie The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - The Professor and Other Clowns 2001 as Himself
10 The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV movie The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV 2000 as Himself
11 Screenwriters: Word Into Image movie Screenwriters: Word Into Image 1982 as Himself
12 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson movie The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 as Himself - Guest
13 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno movie The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 as Himself
14 A Salute to American Imagination movie A Salute to American Imagination 1978 as Himself
15 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols 2010 as Himself
16 Broadway Legends movie Broadway Legends 2002 as Himself
17 Caesars Writers movie Caesars Writers 1996 as Himself
18 Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy movie Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy 2001 as Himself
19 Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau movie Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau 2001 as Himself
20 Jack Lemmon movie Jack Lemmon 1996 as Himself
21 Pitch movie Pitch 1997 as Himself
22 Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - Shining Stars movie Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - Shining Stars 2003 as Himself
23 Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Impact of Sid Caesar movie Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Impact of Sid Caesar 2003 as Himself
24 Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Legend of Sid Caesar movie Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Legend of Sid Caesar 2003 as Himself
25 The 20th Annual Tony Awards movie The 20th Annual Tony Awards 1966 as Himself - Presenter
26 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards movie The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 as Himself
27 The 24th Annual Tony Awards movie The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 as Himself
28 The 27th Annual Tony Awards movie The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 as Himself
29 The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 as Himself - Audience Member
30 The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards movie The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 as Himself
31 The 46th Annual Academy Awards movie The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 as Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
32 The 50th Annual Academy Awards movie The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 as Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
33 The 52nd Annual Academy Awards movie The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 as Himself - Presenter: Writing Awards
34 The Amazing Miss Cummings: An Actress at Work and Play movie The Amazing Miss Cummings: An Actress at Work and Play 1977 as Himself - Interviewee
35 The Annual Tel Aviv Gala Presents a Salute to Goldie Hawn movie The Annual Tel Aviv Gala Presents a Salute to Goldie Hawn 1987 as Himself - Speaker
36 The Heartbreak Kid movie The Heartbreak Kid 1972 as Wedding Guest
37 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1995 as Himself - Honoree
38 The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon movie The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon 2006 as Himself
39 The New Dramatists Lifetime Achievement Award to Neil Simon movie The New Dramatists Lifetime Achievement Award to Neil Simon 1994 as Himself - Honoree
40 The Sid Caesar Collection: Inside the Writers Room movie The Sid Caesar Collection: Inside the Writers Room 2000 as Himself
There is the list of interview of Neil (I) Simon:
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 15 October 2006, pg. N1, N7, by: Peter Marks, "Poignancy and a Punch Line"
  • "Playboy" (USA), February 1979, Vol. 26, Iss. 2, pg. 57-78, by: Lawrence Linderman, "Playboy Interview: Neil Simon"
There is the list of some articles of Neil (I) Simon:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 2 November 2009, Vol. 159, Iss. 54,847, pg. A1 & A3, by: Patrick Healy, "Neil Simon Flop on Broadway May Be Case of Missing 'Wow'"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 4 November 2008, Vol. 158, Iss. 54,484, pg. C2, by: Dave Itzkoff, "Two Simon Revivals Broadway Bound?"
The image of Simon, Marvin Neil was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Time" (USA), 15 December 1986
There is the list of some quotes of Neil (I) Simon:
  • When it's 100 in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. When it's 20 in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. However, there are six million interesting people in New York - and 72 in Los Angeles.
  • On writing 1991's "The Marrying Man": "With a play, I have only two people to please - myself and the director. With this movie, it was 19 executives, a director who'd never done anything but animation before, and two stars who would tell you what lines they'd say and what lines they wouldn't say."
  • On Hollywood: "Everyone in Hollywood is looking for a blockbuster. They tell you their last movie 'only grossed $70 million,' as if that were some kind of crime."
  • I don't like writing for comedians. I like writing for actors. The best comedians are the best actors.
  • [on 'Herbert Ross (I)' ] I think Herb Ross is the best director I've worked with in films. The others just don't understand my material as well.
  • On the 2009 closing of his Broadway revival, "Brighton Beach Memoirs" one week after it premiered: I'm still dumbfounded. After all these years, I still don't get how Broadway works, or what to make of our culture.
  • I didn't think of a thing called money. If I had a nickel, I would run in the street and say, 'I got a nickel! I got a nickel! I'm rich! I'm rich!' As a kid, I always thought, I'll never forget all these things, but you do. I managed to forget all of it. Some people spend their lives remembering, and that's what I thought I would do. But it doesn't last.
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