On Saturday night, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright who wrote classics and successful comedies including Barefoot In The Park, Plaza Suite, and The Odd Couple, passed away at the age of 91.
Reportedly, Simon died while in the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City along with his wife, Elaine Joyce, and his two daughters, Ellen and Nancy, at his bedside.
During his long and illustrious career, Simon wrote more than thirty plays and musicals, many of which made it to Broadway over the course of four decades.
Throughout his career, Simon sometimes had two plays running on Broadway at one time. Some of his other classic works include Sweet Charity, The Sunshine Boys, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers.
“There’s no more money anyone can pay me that I need. There are no awards they can give me that I haven’t won. I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it”-Neil Simon #RIP GIANT of the American Theatre #ThanksForTheLaughs pic.twitter.com/NZIVGPLdst
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 26, 2018
Neil was born in the Bronx, New York, and went on to study at the New York University as well as the University Of Denver, Colorado, while he also served in the United States Army Air Force Reserve.
Simon was stationed in the Second World War. Simon worked with other infamous stars such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Larry Gelbart for the TV series, Your Show Of Shows.
In 1961, the playwright wrote his very first play called Come Blow Your Horn, and finished his final work fifty years later, 45 Seconds From Broadway.
In 1979, Simon won the Lifetime Achievement Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America. Not only did he have award-winning plays, but he also earned four Academy Award nominations, four Emmys, and 17 Tony nominations.
He’ll go down in history as perhaps one of the most important playwrights in American history due to his innumerable contributions to theatre, writing, comedy, and film.