Cy Howard

Screenwriter, Director, Radio producer
Radio comedy writer who initially penned schtick for Milton Berle, Danny Thomas and Bert Lahr until his breakthrough, the creation of the radio series "My Friend Irma" (1947). In 1949, Howard scripted the film version ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1915 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Director (4)

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

(English-language version) (Director)
Writer (4)

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marriage on the Rocks 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marriage on the Rocks 1964 (Movie)

(From Story)

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

That's My Boy 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Producer

Fair Exchange (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Radio comedy writer who initially penned schtick for Milton Berle, Danny Thomas and Bert Lahr until his breakthrough, the creation of the radio series "My Friend Irma" (1947). In 1949, Howard scripted the film version of "My Friend Irma", featuring the film debut of the celebrated comedy team, (Dean) Martin and (Jerry) Lewis. He went on to write the sequel, "My Friend Irma Goes West" (1950), and the comic duo's fourth feature, "That's My Boy" (1951), which he also associate produced. In 1952, "My Friend Irma" became a TV series, running on CBS for two seasons. Howard joined Desilu Studios in 1959, working for five years under a production and development deal.

Howard returned to screenwriting with the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin vehicle, "Marriage on the Rocks" (1965) before making his feature directorial debut with the outstanding ensemble comedy "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1970). The film and its director garnered praise for the skillful way it utilized its sharp comic screenplay and the credible and funny performances of Bea Arthur, Richard Castellano, and many others. A subsequent directorial effort, "Every Little Crook and Nanny" (1972), offered a clever premise but was not especially well received. Howard subsequently focused on his writing, which included the screenplay for "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976). Divorced from actresses Nan Wynn and Gloria Grahame, Howard was married to studio mogul Jack Warner's daughter Barbara.

Relationships

Gloria Grahame Actor

Wife

Paulette Howard

Daughter
mother, Gloria Grahame

Barbara Warner

Wife
Married 1977 until his death 1993

Nan Wynn Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin

University of Minnesota

Minnesota

Milestones

1993

Sold a treatment to Disney entitled "A Proper Education" less than two months before his death

1976

Last script produced, "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood"

1974

Final TV directorial credit, "It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy"

1972

Second and last feature film directed, "Every Little Crook and Nanny"

1969

Made debut as film director with "Lovers and Other Strangers"

1965

Returned to screenwriting with "Marriage on the Rocks"

1964

Left Desilu

1961

Filed suit in June for $950,000 against director Frank Tashlin, star Jerry Lewis and Paramount Studios, claimed that his story idea and screenplay, "The Paris Story", had been used without permission in the film, "Cinderfella"; case was settled out of cou

1959

Became an executive producer at Desilu TV studios

1952

TV producing debut, "My Friend Irma" and "Life with Luigi"

1949

Feature screenwriting debut, "My Friend Irma"; film debut of the comedy team of Martin and Lewis

1947

Created and wrote the popular radio series, "My Friend Irma"

1942

Broadway debut, "Storm Operation"

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