Bruce Jay Friedman

Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer
Bruce Jay Friedman's brand of Jewish humor lies somewhere between Woody Allen's dark, paranoid musings and Henny Youngman's quick-fire one-liners. The author, screenwriter and playwright worked steadily through the ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1930 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Stir Crazy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Splash 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

("The Lonely Guy's Book of Life") (Book as Source Material)

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

("Detroit Abe") (Source Material (from novel))

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)

("A Change of Pace") (From Story)

Splash, Too (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Steambath (TV Show)

Creator
Actor (7)

When Playboy Ruled the World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

New York in the Fifties 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

54 1998 (Movie)

Elaine's Patron (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Elaine's Book Party Guest (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Vince Mancini (Actor)

Husbands and Wives 1992 (Movie)

Peter Styles (Actor)

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)
Director (1)

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Sniff 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Bruce Jay Friedman's brand of Jewish humor lies somewhere between Woody Allen's dark, paranoid musings and Henny Youngman's quick-fire one-liners. The author, screenwriter and playwright worked steadily through the 1970s and 80s, though his output has slowed with the 90s.

Relationships

Irving Friedman

Father
Former silent movie accompanist

Molly Friedman

Mother
Former ticket seller on Broadway

Molly Friedman

Daughter
Mother, Pat O'Donohue

Drew Friedman

Son
Mother, Ginger Howard

Josh Friedman

Son
Mother, Ginger Howard

Kip Friedman

Son
Mother, Ginger Howard

Dolly Friedman

Sister
Older

Ginger Howard

Wife
Married June 13, 1954 divorced

Pat O'Donohue

Wife
Married July 3, 1983

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri 1951

DeWitt Clinton High School

Bronx , New York 1947

Milestones

1998

Had a small roll in "You've Got Mail"

1992

Acted in Woody Allens' "Husbands and Wives"

1988

TV producing debut, "Sniff" (CBS); also scripted

1985

TV directing debut, "George Burns Comedy Week" (CBS)

1984

Adapted The Lonely Guy's Book of Life into the 'Steve Martin' vehicle "The Lonely Guy"

1984

Scripted the the Oscar-nominated "Splash"

1978

Wrote the novel, The Lonely Guy's Book of Life

1973

TV writing debut, "The Ted Bessell Show" (CBS)

1973

His off-Broadway hit "Steambath" was adapted for television; was the first American TV program to feature nudity

1970

Feature screenwriting debut, "The Owl and the Pussycat"

1969

First stage success "Steambath"; produced off-Broadway

1966

First play produced, "23 Pat O'Brien Movies"

1962

Publication of first novel, Stern

1951

Served in US Air Force

Contributed sketches to "Oh, Calcutta"

Worked at Magazine Management Company; editor of Man, Man's World and Male magazines; assistant was Mario Puzo who later wrote "The Godfather"

Bonus Trivia

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"A wild poet of the secret life, one of the funniest of writers but with a dark echo to the laughter that gets painfully close to the bone" - Daniel Stern reviewing Friedman's "A Mother's Kisses," in Saturday Review, Aug. 15, 1964

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