The “Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park” writer had more than 30 plays mounted on Broadway, and also wrote numerous films, some original and other adaptations of his theater works. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his play “Lost in Yonkers,” and received more Oscar and Tony nominations combined than any other writer.
Simon’s former wife and actress Marsha Mason posted a tribute to her ex-husband: “He was a great talent and man, husband and father. He shall be sorely missed . With his passing, his work and plays live on and will be enjoyed by many generations to come. I miss him deeply and always.”
“Neil Simon will always be one of my theatrical heroes and I am so proud to have played a small part in his unparalleled career and remarkable legacy,” said Nathan Lane in a statement. “My heartfelt condolences to his wife Elaine and the entire Simon family.”
The Tony Awards tweeted that he was a “God of Broadway.”
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“Big Bang Theory” creator Bill Prady remembered Simon. “There is no American comedy writer whose work isn’t influenced by the rhythm and music of Neil Simon’s words,” he wrote. “With gratitude, Doc.”
“Mrs. Doubtfire” screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer also noted his lasting influence on comedy writers.
Dan Rather eloquently wrote, “He prodded us — in laughter and tears — to contend with the traits that make us human.”
Josh Gad said that Simon’s work, “as both a participant and audience, has defined and shaped me on my own journies and [career] trajectory. RIP to another lost legend.”
Mark Hamill called Simon a “GIANT of the American theatre” and included a quote from Simon. “#ThanksfortheLaughs.”
“Today Show” host Al Roker wrote that “the laughter and joy he leaves behind is priceless.”
British musical theater actress and singer Elaine Paige wrote that he “truly was the king of #Broadway comedy.”
Playwright and Broadway actor Harvey Fierstein paid tribute to Simon. “A loss 4 the entire entertainment industry…What a gent.”
“West Wing” and “Scandal” actor Josh Malina said he “grew up going to his plays in NYC.”
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