Neil Simon, one of the most prolific playwrights in American history, has died, TMZ has learned. Sources tell TMZ, Simon died Sunday morning at 1 AM ET after being on life support. We’re told he had a failing kidney and also Alzheimer’s. Simon had a kidney transplant in 2004 and the donor was his longtime friend and publicist Bill Evans.
Simon’s first big hit was “Come Blow Your Horn” in 1961, followed by “Barefoot in the Park” in 1963, which was a seismic hit. He won Tony Awards for “The Odd Couple,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Lost in Yonkers.” “The Odd Couple” catapulted Simon to national celebrity. He had many other successes, including “Promises, Promises,” and “The Sunshine Boys.”
All in all, Simon wrote more than 30 plays. He snagged 17 Tony nominations, and won three. During one season, Simon had four plays running on Broadway simultaneously. And, Simon won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for “Lost in Yonkers.” He was also a Kennedy Center honoree in 1995 and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.
Legendary Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91… https://t.co/owzh4gOXWe
— BroadwayWorld (@BroadwayWorld) August 26, 2018
BREAKING: Rep: Neil Simon, the playwright behind comedic hits including “The Odd Couple” and “Plaza Suite,” has died at 91.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2018