Andrew Bergman

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Crowned "The Unknown King of Comedy" by NEW YORK magazine in 1985, this former publicist and aspiring academic entered film comedy writing at the very highest level. The 26-year-old Bergman, having penned a 90-page ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1945 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oh, God! You Devil 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The In-Laws 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Bart 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Creator

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (6)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mickey and Nora 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

Review with Forrest MacNeil 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brando (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Crowned "The Unknown King of Comedy" by NEW YORK magazine in 1985, this former publicist and aspiring academic entered film comedy writing at the very highest level. The 26-year-old Bergman, having penned a 90-page treatment about a black militant cowboy entitled "Tex X", found himself collaborating with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks on what would become the screenplay of "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Bergman received the sole writing credit for "The In-Laws" (1979), a wacky hit starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. PREMIERE writer Andy Webster observed that the comedy writer's work on that project "established his metier: fast-paced farces depicting middlebrow protagonists trapped in extreme situations". Bergman scripted and made his directorial debut with "So Fine" (1981), a sometimes boldly silly Ryan O'Neal vehicle about a professor who conquers the garment industry with an idea for see-through jeans. Bergman's screenplay for Michael Ritchie's popular comic mystery "Fletch" (1985) provided a superior showcase for Chevy Chase. He again served as a writer-director with "The Freshman" (1990), an engaging and well-received comedy starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.

Relationships

Louise Bergman

Wife

Rudy Bergman

Father
wrote a radio and TV column for the New York "Daily News" wrote for Victor Borge among others introduced Bergman to Borge, Ernie Kovacs, and Bob and Ray

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin 1970

Harpur College

Binghamton , New York
graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2000

Directed the Jacqueline Susann biopic "Isn't She Great"

1991

First film credited as producer (co-executive with Lobell), "White Fang"

1987

TV debut, wrote and co-executive produced (with Lobell) TV sitcom pilot, "Mickey and Nora"

1986

Credited as Warren Bogle for producing and co-writing (with director John Cassavetes), "Big Trouble"

1985

First film produced for own production company, Bergman/Lobell Productions (with Michael Lobell), "The Journey of Natty Gann"

1981

Feature directing debut (also writer), "So Fine"

1979

Feature solo writing debut, "The In-Laws"

1974

Feature film co-writing debut (with Richard Pryor and director Mel Brooks), "Blazing Saddles" (also story)

Worked as publicist at United Artists; authored several books on Hollywood (fiction and non-fiction)

Bonus Trivia

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"Bergman is a clever writer, full of off-the-wall notions, which he works into elaborate farce plots: he's Mel Brooks with structure. In 'The In-Laws,' Alan Arkin is a dentist led astray by a rogue C.I.A. operative (Peter Falk)...and winds up dodging bullets on a Caribbean island. The college professor played by Ryan O'Neal in 'So Fine' finds himself working in the garment trade and running for his life from a hulking mobster. The hero of 'The Freshman' is, within a few days of arriving in New York, making deliveries for an "importer"...and being treated like a member of Sabatini's family (or Family).... All the movies he's worked on have funny things in them, but they're all marred, in varying degrees, by overinsistence: they keep telling us how outrageous they are and what a great time we're having, and we're rarely allowed to respond freely--to catch a comic detail out of the corner of our eye." --Terrence Rafferty in his review of "The Freshman" (THE NEW YORKER, July 30, 1990)

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"Bergman writes the same story over and over, and it's a serviceable one: a reserved middle-class guy is plunked down in an unfamiliar and dangerous subculture....The key to Bergman's sense of humor is that the denizens of each movie's alien culture always act as if their way of life were the most natural thing in the world: the hero is sweating and shaking and looking for the nearest exit, and the people around him can't figure out what he's so upset about." --Terrence Rafferty in his review of "The Freshman" (THE NEW YORKER, July 30, 1990)

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