Adolph Green

Playwright, Lyricist, Screenwriter
So long-running and fruitful was his partnership with Betty Comden, Adolph Green was frequently thought to be married to her, but instead, the writers-singers-actors shared a sophisticated, witty flair and friendship ... Read more »
Born: 12/02/1915 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (24)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("Make Someone Happy") (Song)

Dummy 2003 (Movie)

("My Own Morning") (Lyrics)

Peter Pan Starring Cathy Rigby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

("Just In Time") (Song)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

("Our Favorite Son") (Song)

Leonard Bernstein's New York 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Hearts Afire 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Theme Lyrics

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

lyrics("Baby, You Knock Me Out" from "It's Always Fair Weather") (Theme Lyrics)

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("Make Someone Happy") (Song)

Dr. Giggles 1992 (Movie)

("The Party's Over") (Song)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

("Just in Time") (Song)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

("Mamushka") (Song)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

("Moses Supposes") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/16/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Tony Bennett 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

("Million Dollar Baby") (Song)

Blue Sunshine 1979 (Movie)

("Just in Time") (Song)

Wonderful Town 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)
Actor (23)

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscar Levant: Brillant Shadow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Mr Musselblatt (Actor)

Musicals Great Musicals 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frasier 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Town in Concert 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Music By Richard Rodgers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Writer (Actor)

I Want to Go Back Home 1989 (Movie)

Joey Wellman (Actor)

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily in Love 1985 (Movie)

Jerry Silber (Actor)

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Leo Silver (Actor)

Simon 1980 (Movie)

Commune Leader (Actor)

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

Applause 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

Let's Celebrate 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

("Bells Are Ringing") (Play as Source Material)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Auntie Mame 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

lyrisc("I Think That You and I Should Get Acquainted" "Musical Extravaganza") (Other)

Biography

So long-running and fruitful was his partnership with Betty Comden, Adolph Green was frequently thought to be married to her, but instead, the writers-singers-actors shared a sophisticated, witty flair and friendship that earned them both pop culture immortality as writers of stage, screen and song. After starting out together in a troupe called The Revuers, Green and Comden earned a ticket to the big time with the lyrics and book for "On the Town," which they adapted into a 1949 film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Showered with awards and nominations, they wrote the screenplays for the film hits "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "The Band Wagon" (1953), "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955), "Bells Are Ringing" (1960), which was based on their musical, and "Auntie Mame" (1958). Seven-time Tony-winners, they penned such classic Broadway hits as "Wonderful Town," "Peter Pan" and "Applause." Awarded the Kennedy Center Honors and enshrined in multiple halls of fame, Green died of natural causes on Dec. 4, 2002, but the movies, shows and music he and Comden wrote would live on forever as beloved standards whose sparkling craftsmanship revealed the pair's genius.

Relationships

Daniel Green

Father

Helen Green

Mother

Amanda Green

Daughter
mother, Phyllis Newman married to Jeffrey Kaplan, a doctor, on May 21, 1999

Adam Green

Son
mother, Phyllis Newman

Allyn McLerie

Wife
divorced

Phyllis Newman

Wife
married on January 31, 1960

Elizabeth Reitell

Wife
married on June 20, 1941 divorced

EDUCATION

graduated from high school

Milestones

1979

Film actor in "Simon"

1947

Co-wrote (with Betty Comden) first screenplay, "Good News"

1943

First film appearance with the Revuers in "Greenwich Village"

1943

Co-starred and co-wrote (with Comden) the book and lyrics for Broadway muscial, "On the Town"

1939

Formed cabaret act, The Revuers", with Betty Comden and Judy Holliday

1938

Met Betty Comden while she was a student at NYU

Worked as a runner on Wall Street

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame (1980)

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He received an honorary degree from New York Univeristy (along with Betty Comden) in May 1999.

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"Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman and Larry Grossman have all provided melodic lines for Comden and Green's word-wizardry. In all, the two have made 17 trips to Broadway and five to the Tony podium." --Harry Haun writing in Daily News, May 28, 1991.

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