Neil Simon is one of the most popular playwrights of the United States. Its lightweight comedies have worldwide success with their films and their translations into many languages. Simon is regarded as the author of the so-called boulevard theater.
As an author, he performed for the first time in 1955 on Broadway in appearance as a sketch program with his lyrics had its premiere. Previously, he had written the screenplays already for some TV series. The final breakthrough he experienced in 1963 with his play, Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford in the male lead, who played this after 1,530 performances on Broadway and in the film version. Even as the author of musicals he made a name for himself. His most famous musical is Sweet Charity.
Simon married in 1953 Joan Baim and has two children with her. After the death of his wife in 1973 he married three times and is married to the actress Elaine Joyce since 1999. In 2004 he had to undergo a kidney transplant.
- Come blow your horn - Premiere: February 22, 1961
- Little Me - Premiere: November 17, 1962
- Barefoot in the Park (English title Barefoot in the Park ) - Premiere: October 23, 1963
- The Odd Couple - Premiere: March 8th, 1965 - already on the stage played Walter Matthau Oscar Madison.
- Sweet Charity - Premiere: January 29, 1966 - musical based on the screenplay The Night of Cabiria by Federico Fellini. Music by Cy Coleman. Directed by: Bob Fosse
- The Star- Spangled Girl - Premiere: December 21, 1966
- Plaza Suite - Premiere: February 14, 1968 George C. Scott in the title role.
- Promises, Promises - Premiere: December 1, 1968 - based on the screenplay for The Apartment by Billy Wilder. Music: Burt Bacharach
- Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Premiere: December 28, 1969
- The Gingerbread Lady - Premiere: December 13, 1970
- The Prisoner of Second Avenue - Premiere: November 11, 1971 - with Peter Falk in the lead role.
- The Sunshine Boys (English title: The Sunshine Boys ) - Release: December 20, 1972
- The Good Doctor - Premiere: November 27, 1973 - based on short stories by Anton Chekhov P..
- God's Favorite - Premiere: December 11, 1974
- California Suite - Premiere: June 10, 1976
- Chapter Two - Premiere: December 4, 1977
- They're playing our song - Premiere: February 11, 1979 Music: Marvin Hamlisch
- I ought to be in Pictures - Premiere: April 3, 1980
- Fools - Premiere: April 6, 1981
- Brighton Beach Memoirs - Premiere: March 27, 1983 Matthew Broderick in the lead role.
- Biloxi Blues - Premiere: March 28, 1985
- Broadway Bound - Premiere: December 4, 1986
- Rumors (English title rumors ... rumors) - Premiere: November 17, 1988
- Jake's Women - Premiere: March 24, 1992 with Alan Alda in the lead role.
- The Goodbye Girl - Premiere: March 4, 1993 musical based on his own screenplay with Bernadette Peters in the lead role. Music: Marvin Hamlisch
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor - Premiere: November 22, 1993
- Proposals - Premiere: November 6, 1997
- The Dinner Party - Premiere: October 19, 2000
- 45 Seconds from Broadway - Premiere: November 11, 2001
- Rose and Walsh - Premiere: February 5th, 2003
- Tony Award - for his plays The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers
- Pulitzer Prize - for Lost in Yonkers
- American Comedy Award - 1989 for his life's work
- Golden Globe - 1978 for the screenplay for the film The Goodbye Girl
In addition, Neil Simon received four nominations for screenplays for the Academy Award.