Playwright Neil Simon, Creator of ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ Dies at 91
27 August, 2018, 00:02
Simon was born Marvin Neil Simon in NY and was raised in the Bronx and Washington Heights.
Simon's creative output and decades-long dominance in his industry often has him considered as the most commercially successful playwright of all time, on top of being an unparalleled figure in the development of modern American comedy. The New Yorker credits him with "pioneering...the genre of situation comedy" on television, including The Phil Silvers Show on the small screen.
Throughout his career, Simon sometimes had two plays running on Broadway at one time.
In an introduction to one of several anthologies of his plays, Simon wrote that he was "most alive and most fulfilled sitting alone in a room, hoping that those words forming on the paper in the Smith-Corona will be the first ideal play ever written in a single draft".
Simon's successes included "The Sunshine Boys", "Plaza Suite" and "Sweet Charity". Out of his works thus far, The Odd Couple proved to be his biggest financial win, and the movie was turned into an ABC sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1975 and starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
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