The Info List - Murray Schisgal

Murray Schisgal (born November 25, 1926) is an American playwright and screenwriter.[1]

Life and career

Schisgal was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He is the son of Jewish immigrants, Irene (Sperling) and Abraham Schisgal, a tailor.[2][3] Schisgal won his first recognition for the 1963 off-Broadway double-bill The Typists and The Tiger, which received the Drama Desk Award. His 1965 Broadway debut, Luv, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and for Best Author of a Play. Other credits include Jimmy Shine, 74 Georgia Avenue,[4] Naked Old Man and All Over Town, which received a Drama Desk nomination.[5]

Schisgal also wrote The Love Song of Barney Kempinski, which was the first presentation of ABC Stage 67, and the screenplay for The Tiger Makes Out. Along with Larry Gelbart, Schisgal co-wrote the screenplay for Tootsie, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA, and for which he won awards from the Writers Guild of America, New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Murray Schisgal". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/51/Murray-Schisgal.html
  3. ^ Kaye, Helen (July 13, 1990). "To Israel With Luv". Jerusalem Post. 
  4. ^ "74 Georgia Avenue, a play by Murray Schisgal". britishtheatre.com. 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Murray Schisgal Biography". filmreference.com. 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 7, 1982). "Tootsie Movie Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Film Tootsie". variety.com. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Murray Schisgal Biography". movies.yahoo.com. 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 

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