Neil Simon

Born Marvin Neil Simon in The Bronx on Independence Day 1927, he began his writing career in his early twenties working in radio and TV. Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen were all cutting their comedic teeth on this new medium and Simon knew he was among talent. In the '60s Simon brought his unique brand of humour to the New York theatre scene, having early success with his second play, 'Barefoot in the Park'. Arguably the world's most successful contemporary playwright many of his plays have been transferred to the silver screen, often adapted by himself, and he has also written original screenplays and adapted the work of others. "If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor." - Neil Simon

Sweet Charity (1968)

Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Ricardo...

Neil Simon adapted the story from Federico Fellini's 'Nights of Cabiria'. Shirley Maclaine is a prostitute who falls in love with a naive young man wh... Read more

The Odd Couple (1967)

Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are two divorced buddies who decide to be roommates in this classic film adaptation of the Neil Simon smash hit play. Read more

Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Charles Boyer, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Mildred Natwick

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in this breezy film adaptation of the Neil Simon comedy about newly weds living in a five-story walk-up apartment.... Read more

California Suite (1978)

Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Ri...

Neil Simon adapts his broadway play to the movies...."California Suite" is the story of five couples who, for diverse reasons, have all come to the B... Read more

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Carlos Mencia, Rob...

The Farrelly brothers' updating of the Neil Simon comedy stars Ben Stiller as a 40-year-old sporting goods store owner who meets and quickly marries s... Read more

After the Fox (1966)

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland, Martin Balsam, Akim Tamiroff, Paolo...

This wildly funny farce gives the comic genius of Peter Sellers free reign as he assumes several wacky personalities, each one funnier than the last!... Read more

The Out Of Towners (1969)

Director: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis

Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis are perfectly matched as the hapless Kellermans of Twin Oaks, Ohio, in Neil Simon's tumultuous comedy hit. The top candid... Read more

The Lonely Guy (1983)

Director: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Charles Grodin, Judith Ivey, Steve Martin

Steve Martin is shy guy Larry Hubbard who suddenly finds himself back on the singles market in New York. Charles Grodin is his geeky pal in the same... Read more

Lost In Yonkers (1993)

Director: Martha Coolidge
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Mercedes Ruehl, Irene Worth

Neil Simon's Pulitzer prize-winning comedy-drama about a struggling widower who leaves his two sons with his steely German mother and his sweet but si... Read more

Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Director: Jay Sandrich
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin

Adapted from Neil Simon's play Chevy Chase is a novelist abducted by criminals and made to be the fall guy for a bank robbery. After his arrest he es... Read more