Matthew Broderick says he owes his career to Neil Simon

Neil Simon appears at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway musical

In 1979, Simon won the Lifetime Achievement Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America.

The cause of death was complications with pneumonia, according to a statement from public relations firm DKC/O&M. TMZ, which broke the news of Simon's death, reported that he passed away at 1 a.m. on August 26, 2018.

The brothers wrote for such classic 1950s television series as "Your Show of Shows", 90 minutes of live, original comedy starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, and later for "The Phil Silvers Show", in which the popular comedian portrayed the conniving Army Sgt. Ernie Bilko.

Big Bang Theory creator Bill Prady said there was "no American comedy writer whose work isn't influenced by the rhythm and music of Neil Simon's words". "In 1966 alone, he had four Broadway shows running simultaneously", the report continued. "The Odd Couple." "Sweet Charity".

Neil Simon didn't just adapt his stage plays for the screen.

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During his long and illustrious career, Simon wrote more than thirty plays and musicals, many of which made it to Broadway over the course of four decades.

Simon wrote more than 30 plays and almost the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays and has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

In 1991 he won the Pulitzer Prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers. Walter Matthau, as Oscar, and Art Carney, as Felix, starred on Broadway, with Matthau and Jack Lemmon playing the roles in a successful movie version.

Simon was admitted to hospital a few days ago and the pneumonia was in his lungs, Mr Evans said, adding that he gave Simon a kidney in 2004. There's a Broadway theater named for him; he was the only living person to have received such recognition. He wrote his first Broadway play in 1961 with Come Blow Your Horn. He was also a Pulitzer Prize victor, among many other honors during a lengthy career.

His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his deathbed along with his daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon, in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his representatives said.

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