Murray Schisgal

Screenwriter, Playwright, Musician
This American playwright has made occasional forays into motion pictures and TV with generally successful results. Murray Schisgal's profile benefited from his association with actor-director Dustin Hoffman beginning in ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1926 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (5)

A Separate Peace 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Club Land (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Devil's Arithmetic (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (4)

Love, Life, Liberty & Lunch 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

("The Tiger") (Play as Source Material)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Luv 1966 (Movie)

("Luv") (Play as Source Material)
Actor (1)

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Biography

This American playwright has made occasional forays into motion pictures and TV with generally successful results. Murray Schisgal's profile benefited from his association with actor-director Dustin Hoffman beginning in the late 1960s on stage and culminating in 1982's comedy classic "Tootsie". (He shared final writing credit--and a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination--with Larry Gelbart and Don McGuire although there remains controversy over the contributions of each writer.)

A native of Brooklyn, Schisgal turned to writing plays after careers as a musician, attorney and teacher. His early work reached the stage in Britain before hitting New York, with "The Typist" premiering on the London stage in 1961, and not making it to the Orpheum Theatre in New York until 1963. His first Broadway success came with "Luv", a three-character play about pseudo-intellectuals, which premiered in 1964 and earned a Tony Award for director Mike Nichols. The play was the basis of a failed 1967 film adaptation scripted by Elliot Baker and starring Jack Lemmon, Elaine May and Peter Falk. Also in 1967, Schisgal penned "The Tiger Makes Out", the screen version of his first produced play which featured Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and marked the screen debut of Dustin Hoffman. Although he had become an established film personality with 1967's "The Graduate", Hoffman chose to return to the theater as star and director of Schisgal's "Jimmy Shine" (1968) and later as director of "All Over Town" (1974). Most of the writer's other plays have been produced either at small theaters in NYC or at regional theaters.

Relationships

Irene Schisgal

Mother

Jane Schisgal

Daughter

Zachary Schisgal

Son

Renee Schisgal

Wife
married in 1958

Abraham Schisgal

Father

EDUCATION

New School for Social Research

New York , New York 1959

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Brooklyn , New York

Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn , New York 1953
(LLB)

Brooklyn Center Campus, Long Island University

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

1987

Wrote the libretto for "What About Luv?"; premiered in England; based on his Broadway hit

1982

Was one of three credited writers on the hit comedy film "Tootsie", starring Dustin Hoffman; shared Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay; sparked controversy as Larry Gelbart objected to sharing credit on the film

1981

Adapted "Jimmy Shine" into the musical "An Original Jimmy Shine"; premiered at UCLA

1974

Hoffman directed the Broadway version of "All Over Town"

1968

Play "Jimmy Shine" produced on Broadway directed by and starring Hoffman

1967

Adapted his Off-Broadway success as "The Tiger Makes Out"; film marked feature acting debut of Dustin Hoffman

1966

First teleplay produced, "The Love Song of Barney Kempinski" (ABC)

1964

Had major Broadway success with "Luv"

1963

New York premiere of "The Typist"; produced Off-Broadway on a double bill with "The Tiger"

1962

Wrote first produced screenplay, "Ducks and Lovers"

1961

First produced play, "The Typist"; opened in London

1943

Served in US Navy

After passing the New York State bar, practiced law

Earned living as musician

Abandoned law to become a teacher

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