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

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

The Odd Couple II (1997)

Director: Howard Deutch
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Christine Baranski

Neil Simon wrote this sequel reuniting Felix and Oscar (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) after 17 years, when their children announce their impending m... 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

Biloxi Blues (1988)

Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern

Neil Simon continues the semi-autobiographical adventures of young Eugene Jerome in this witty comedy. Here Eugene finds bootcamp life in 1942 Alabama... Read more

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Jonathan Silverman, Judith Ivey

New York, the 1930s...and a young man's mind is on the Yankees and sex (not necessarily in that order), as well as trying to deal with his argumentati... 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

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

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 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

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