Paul Mazursky

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
An independent filmmaker and often onscreen performer frequently compared with fellow New Yorker Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky spent years in show business developing an acting career and a reputation as a writer before ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1930 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Musician Bunny (Voice)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 2007 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Searching for Orson 2005 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Shot's Funeral 2003 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Once and Again 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

of Studio Executive (Voice)

The Sopranos 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Slight Case of Murder 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Walter Schwegmann (Actor)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

Psychologist (Voice)

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1998 (Movie)

Morris Levy (Actor)

Touch 1997 (Movie)

Artie (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Teddy Peppers (Actor)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Dr Susskind (Actor)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Homeward Bound 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Herb Stillman (Actor)

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Judge Feinstein (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Butch Levine (Actor)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Lee MacGreevy (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

Dr Hans Clava (Actor)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Leon Tortshiner (Actor)

Firstworks 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Sidney Lipkin (Actor)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Momma (Actor)

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

Sidney Waxman (Actor)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Bud Herman (Actor)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Terry Bloomfield (Actor)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Roman Officer (Actor)

A Man, a Woman and a Bank 1979 (Movie)

Norman Barrie (Actor)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

An Almost Perfect Affair 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

Gay Man (Actor)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

Blume's Partner (Actor)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

Hal Stern (Actor)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

Screaming Man At Institute (Actor)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

Hitchhiking Hippie (Actor)

Deathwatch 1965 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Emmanuel Stoker (Actor)

Fear and Desire 1953 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Call to Danger (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor
Director (17)

Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Winchell (TV Show)

Director
Writer (17)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Danny Kaye Show 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

Writer

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (15)

Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taking Care of Business 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

title song (Song)
Other (1)

Federico Fellini's Intervista 1992 (Movie)

English version (Other)

Biography

An independent filmmaker and often onscreen performer frequently compared with fellow New Yorker Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky spent years in show business developing an acting career and a reputation as a writer before finally directing his own screenplays. After making his feature debut as an actor in Stanley Kubrick's "Fear and Desire" (1953), Mazursky went on to write for "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS, 1963-67) while also penning the pilot episode for "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68). Though denied his feature directorial debut by star Peter Sellers with his script for "I Love You Alice B. Toklas" (1968), he was finally able to helm his first movie with "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969), a once-controversial, but now tame by comparison look at loose sexual mores in the "free love" era. He went on to direct several fine movies in the following decade, including "Blume in Love" (1973) and "Harry and Tonto" (1974), before having one of his biggest hits with the feminist-themed "An Unmarried Woman" (1978). Mazursky continued to charm audiences with "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984) while having perhaps his greatest box office success with "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986). Following an atypical effort with the tragic-comic "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989), Mazursky began to stumble as a director with "Scenes from a Mall" (1991) and "The Pickle" (1993). While leaving feature directing largely behind, Mazursky made acting appearances in several movies and on television shows, while making clear as the years passed that he had left the director's chair for good. Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on June 30, 2014 at the age of 84.

Relationships

Betsy Mazursky

Wife
married March 12, 1953 has acted in six of husband's movies, beginning with "Tempest" (1982)

David Mazursky

Father
Worked for the WPA and later for a newspaper company

Jean Mazursky

Mother
played piano part-time for a dancing school

Jill Mazursky

Daughter

Meg Mazursky

Daughter
Has appeared in father's movies died Sept. 13, 2009 of brain cancer at age 52

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York 1951

Thomas Jefferson High School

Brooklyn , New York 1947

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

studied acting with Paul Mann, Curt Conway and Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2006

Appeared in Jeff Garlin's feature directing debut, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with"

2004

Appeared in five episodes of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as Norm, one of Mel Brooks' associates

2000

Had a small part as 'Sunshine,' the poker dealer, on HBO's popular series "The Sopranos"

1999

Acted in TNT's "A Slight Case of Murder", a black comedy starring William H Macy and Adam Arkin

1999

Played recurring role as Sela Ward's father on "Once and Again" (ABC)

1998

Provided the voice of the psychologist in the animated feature "Antz"

1998

Helmed HBO's acclaimed "Winchell", which earned Stanley Tucci an Emmy in the title role

1996

Last feature (to date) as director, "Faithful"; co-produced by Robert De Niro; marked first time he had helmed a screenplay which he had not written

1996

Acted in "2 Days in the Valley", which reunited him with Marsha Mason from "Blume in Love" and Danny Aiello from "The Pickle"

1993

Helmed the disappointing feature, "The Pickle"

1991

12th and last collaboration with Guzman, "Scenes from a Mall", starring Woody Allen and Midler; co-written with Simon; Mazursky dedicated the film to his long-time friend Guzman, who died prior to film's opening

1990

Executive produced "Taking Care of Business", directed by Arthur Hiller (only the second film he has produced and not directed); screenplay written by his daughter Jill

1989

With Roger L Simon, co-wrote "Enemies: A Love Story", based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1988

Credited as Carlotta Gerson for his role as Momma in "Moon Over Parador", which he produced, directed and co-wrote with Capetanos (their fourth consecutive collaboration); second film with Dreyfuss

1986

Scored box office hit with "Down and Out in Beverly Hills", a remake of Jean Renoir's "Boudu Saved From Drowning"; starred Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler

1984

Co-scripted (with Capetanos), directed, produced and acted in "Moscow on the Hudson"; provided a breakthrough screen role for star Robin Williams

1982

First film with Guzman as co-producer as well as production designer, "Tempest"; also first collaboration with screenwriter Leon Capetanos

1978

Delivered tour de force vehicle for Jill Clayburgh, "An Unmarried Woman", writing, directing and producing (with Tony Ray), as well as acting in it; film earned him two Oscar nominations, one for Best Picture and another for his screenplay

1976

Chronicled his own move from Brooklyn to NYC during the early 1950s in "Next Stop, Greenwich Village"

1974

Produced, directed, scripted (with Josh Greenfield) and played a gay man in "Harry and Tonto"; garnered second Oscar nod for Best Screenplay; Art Carney took home the Best Actor Oscar

1973

Produced first film that he also directed, "Blume in Love"; also played Blume's uptight law partner; first solo film script

1969

Reteamed with Tucker on script of "Alex in Wonderland"; also directed; daughter Meg played Alex's (Donald Sutherland) daughter

1968

Feature directorial debut, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"; also co-wrote with Tucker and played a bit part; received first Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay; film partly inspired by Mazursky's experiences with an Esalen encounter group

1968

Debut as executive producer and as screenwriter (with Larry Tucker), "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas" (also played a bit part), Hollywood's first send-up of hippie culture; began his long association with production designer Pato Guzman

1966

With Tucker, wrote the pilot for "The Monkees" (NBC)

1966

Acted in Morrow's "Deathwatch", film version of Jean Genet play; Morrow co-scripted (with his wife Barbara Turner) and co-produced with Leonard Nimoy, who also acted

1959

Moved to Los Angeles with writing partner Larry Tucker; joined Second City Improvisational Revue; appeared on episodes of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS)

1957

Acted in and directed revue and nightclub acts in Greenwich Village, San Francisco and Chicago

1956

Had a small success in Off-Broadway revue "Shoestring '57"

1955

Played a juvenile delinquent and pal to big bully Vic Morrow in Richard Brooks' "Blackboard Jungle"

1954

Was briefly in Hollywood before returning to NYC; began acting in live TV shows

1953

Worked in summer stock on Cape Cod, playing Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman", Sorin in "The Seagull" and Undershaft in "Major Barbara"

1953

Film acting debut in Kubrick's "Fear and Desire"

1951

Changed first name from Irwin to Paul while acting in his first movie on location in California's San Gabriel Mountains

1950

Landed the leading role in a college revival of Leonid Andreyev's "He Who Gets Slapped" while a senior at Brooklyn College; play transferred for a time Off-Broadway to the Master Institute Theatre where the scenarist Howard Sackler saw him and introduced

Worked as a stand-up comedian with comic Herb Hartig in an act billed as "Igor and H"

Was a staff writer (with Larry Tucker) for "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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Mazursky's psychiatrist Donald F. Muhich has acted in four films by the director, playing (what else?) a psychiatrist of one kind or another.

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Though the setting for "Scenes from a Mall" was supposedly the Beverly Center in California, Mazursky actually filmed in a Stanford, Connecticut mall designed by the Beverly Center's architect in order to use the notoriously West Coast-shy Woody Allen. Allen did spend three days in Los Angeles shooting the opening scenes in the Hollywood Hills and one shot where he and Bette Midler drive up to the Beverly Center. That architect also designed a lavish two-story Beverly Center replica at the Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Queens for the filmmaker's use.

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About working with the dog in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills": "The trainer, Clint, came in with this Mike the dog. And I knew right away that Clint was different, because he talked to the dog as if it were his friend. 'Mikey, do you want to show Paul that?' And Mikey would go, 'mm-hmm,' and he would do it . . . I met with Clint the way I'd meet with an actor or an actress, and discussed the motivation for Mike's stuff. He made me do it. So I would say, 'Well, when they rescue the bum and put him down in the chaise lounge, I want the dog to go crazy.' And he'd say, 'Yeah, but when they pull him out, he wouldn't lick him right away.' I said, 'Why not?' and he'd say, 'Mikey just wouldn't do that.'"

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