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Broadway master of comedy Neil Simon dies aged 91

Broadway master of comedy Neil Simon dies aged 91

Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon, whose legendary body of work includes The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and Lost in Yonkers died Saturday night. According to a report by TMZ, he passed away on around 1 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, suffering from complications due to pneumonia.

Simon is survived by his wife, actress Elaine Joyce, and his daughters, Nancy, Ellen and Bryn. Simon wrote more than 30 plays that had great runs on the Great White Way.

Simon's plays made him a wealthy man and many were turned into films, which made him even wealthier and earned him four Academy Award nominations.

In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwright, often chronicling middle class issues and fears.

Marvin Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927, in the New York City borough of the Bronx, son of Irving, a garment salesman, and Mamie Simon.

Simon's successes included "The Sunshine Boys", "Plaza Suite" and "Sweet Charity".

A member of the famed "Your Show of Shows" writing staff for Sid Caesar, Simon was an entertainment mainstay for more than six decades. I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it'-Neil Simon.

At one point he had a record four plays running simultaneously on Broadway. There was delicious slapstick, to be sure: The poker players chasing after the disconsolate, newly divorced Felix to make sure he didn't harm himself.

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Simon also wrote screenplays that were not based on existing stage plays, such as "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), "Murder by Death" (1976) and "The Odd Couple II" (1998). "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" ran for nine months.

Josh Gad said that Simon's work, "as both a participant and audience, has defined and shaped me on my own journies and [career] trajectory".

Prolific American playwright Neil Simon has died at age 91.

Neil Simon, the prodigious, insightful and talented writer behind a variety of plays, movies and TV scripts, has died.

His semi-autobiographical trilogy - "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound - was a fixture on Broadway in the 1980s".

Playwright Neil Simon accepts the 2006 Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2006.

At the time of his death, he was married to Joyce, an actress who he Wednesday in 1999. "For nearly half a century, his comedies have offered light at the end of whatever dark tunnel America has found itself in", John Lahr wrote for The New Yorker in 2010.


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