Lowell Ganz

Screenwriter, Producer, Playwright
As one of arguably the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Lowell Ganz, along with writing partner of Babaloo Mandel, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After receiving his ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1948 in Glen Oaks, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (32)

Parenthood 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

RV 2006 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Writer)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Take Five 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Odd Couple 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Here's Boomer 1979 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Walkin' Walter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (15)

Hiller and Diller 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A League of Their Own 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Parenthood 1978 - 1983, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Knight & Daye 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Channel 99 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gung Ho 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Herndon and Me 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer

Foul Play 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Producer

Makin' It 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Busting Loose 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rita Moreno Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ted Knight Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lovebirds (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (12)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Gasket (Voice)

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

TV Director (Actor)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

1st Writer (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

Stan--The Tour Guide (Actor)

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Angie 1978 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

Joanie Loves Chachi 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bad News Bears 1978 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

The Further Adventures of Wally Brown 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Brothers and Sisters 1978 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

As one of arguably the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Lowell Ganz, along with writing partner of Babaloo Mandel, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After receiving his start in television on shows like "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984) and "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983), Ganz partnered with Mandel and embarked on an incredibly successful feature career that benefited from frequent collaborations with producer Brian Glazer and director Ron Howard, starting with "Night Shift" (1982). Ganz and Mandel went on to write huge hits like "Splash" (1984) and "Parenthood" (1989), while also faltering with more mundane projects like "Gung Ho" (1986) and the Cyndi Lauper vehicle "Vibes" (1988). Ganz and Mandel had perhaps their greatest success, both critically and commercially, with "City Slickers" (1991) and followed up with the warmhearted comedy about a forgotten piece of history, "A League of Their Own" (1992). The pair saw their creative success falter when they went back to the well on the inevitable sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994) before striking out with rather mediocre offerings like "Multiplicity" (1996) and "Father's Day" (1997). Following a period where they wrote uncredited drafts of several high-profile projects, Ganz and Mandel reemerged with "Robots" (2005) and "Fever Pitch" (2005), both of which displayed the comic touch that was on full display during the height of their careers.

Relationships

Allison Ganz

Daughter
Mother, Jeanne Russo

Scott Ganz

Son
Mother, Jeanne Russo

Simon Ganz

Son
Mother, Jeanne Russo

Irving Ganz

Father

Jean Ganz

Mother

Jeffrey Ganz

Brother

Jeanne Russo

Wife
Married December 26, 1976

EDUCATION

Queens College

Flushing , New York
Met future TV writing partner Mark Rothman; dropped out to take a writing job on the hit TV show "The Odd Couple"

Milestones

2010

Re-teamed with Babaloo Mandel to write "The Tooth Fairy"

2005

Adapted the Nick Hornby novel, "Fever Pitch" for the screen

2005

Collaborated on the screenplay for the computer-animated comedy, "Robots"

2000

Penned the screenplay for "Where the Heart Is," starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd

1999

Co-wrote (with partner Babaloo Mandel) the Ron Howard directed, "EDtv"

1997

Worked on screenplay for the Billy Crystal and Robin Williams comedy, "Father's Day"

1996

Co-wrote the comedy, "Multiplicity"; co-produced and directed by Harold Ramis

1995

Contributed to the script for Billy Crystal's "Forget Paris"

1994

Co-wrote sequel of "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"

1993

Co-wrote (with Garry Marshall) his first stage play entitled, "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"; opened off-Broadway after successful runs in Los Angeles and in Chicago

1992

Executive produced Billy Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night"

1992

Collaborated with Mandel on the screenplay for "A League of Their Own"; directed by Penny Marshall

1991

First collaboration with Billy Crystal on the screenplay of "City Slickers"

1990

Collaborated with Mandel and Ron Howard on the screenplay for "Parenthood"; Howard also directed

1985

Collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the screenplay for John Landis' "Spies Like Us"

1984

Co-wrote the screenplay for the Ron Howard directed, "Splash"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1982

First feature credit for the screenplay of Ron Howard's "Night Shift"; first collaboration with Grazer and Howard

1979

First TV credit as a director on "Angie," ABC's short-lived sitcom created by Garry Marshall

1979

First TV credit as a creator (with Garry Marshall) on "Makin' It," ABC's short-lived sitcom starring David Naughton; also co-executive produced

1977

First credit as executive producer, "Busting Loose," a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Adam Arkin; also wrote episodes

1976

Co-created and produced "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC); began his writing collaboration with Mandel

1974

Worked as a supervising producer on "Happy Days" (ABC)

1969

First writing job, a staff writer on ABC's "The Odd Couple"; eventually became head writer

Met future writing partner Marc Mandel (Babaloo Mandel) at Hollywood's Comedy Store in the early 1970s

Approached by producer Brian Grazer with the story idea for "Night Shift"

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