RIP #NeilSimon Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and librettist for Sweet Charity & Promises, Promises as well as writing the book for musical Little Me. He truly was the king of #Broadway comedy. pic.twitter.com/qlicguFVHZ
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) August 26, 2018
What an enduring legacy Neil Simon leaves with his passing. The laughter and joy he leaves behind is priceless. pic.twitter.com/DniYQanbIP
— Al Roker (@alroker) August 26, 2018
Legendary playwright Neil Simon died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia at age 91.
"Today Show" host Al Roker wrote that "the laughter and joy he leaves behind is priceless."
"#ThanksfortheLaughs." Mark Hamill called Simon a "GIANT of the American theatre" and included a quote from Simon.
"There is no American comedy writer whose work isn't influenced by the rhythm and music of Neil Simon's words," he wrote. "With gratitude, Doc." "Big Bang Theory" creator Bill Prady remembered Simon.
A lot of my heroes are dying. What a sad few weeks this has been. #RIPNeilSimon
Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway and Beyond, Is Dead at 91 https://t.co/F4qd2RQZve
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 26, 2018
Neil Simon brought a unique eye for life to stage and screen. Through sharp characters and dialogue, he prodded us – in laughter and tears – to contend with the traits that make us human. Another voice who understood the power of art in our American story now belongs to eternity.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 26, 2018
The final curtain has fallen for one of the gods of Broadway. Multiple #TonyAwards-winning playwright, librettist, screenwriter, and hitmaker Neil Simon has died at 91. Rest in peace. The @nytimes obit: https://t.co/XVgPLlEq9K pic.twitter.com/pZTtzYg0dU
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) August 26, 2018
The Tony Awards tweeted that he was a "God of Broadway."
"West Wing" and "Scandal" actor Josh Malina said he "grew up going to his plays in NYC."
There is no American comedy writer whose work isn’t influenced by the rhythm and music of Neil Simon’s words. With gratitude, Doc.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) August 26, 2018
Josh Gad said that Simon's work, "as both a participant and audience, has defined and shaped me on my own journies and [career] trajectory. RIP to another lost legend."
R.I.P. Neil Simon. Grew up going to his plays in NYC. Always hoped I’d work for him at some point.
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) August 26, 2018
To say that #NeilSimon was one of the primary influences on my life and career would be an understatement. His work, as both a participant and audience, has defined and shaped me on my own journies and carr@eer trajectory. RIP to another lost legend.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 26, 2018
The "Odd Couple" and "Barefoot in the Park" writer had more than 30 plays mounted on Broadway, and also wrote numerous films, some original and other adaptations of his theater works. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his play "Lost in Yonkers," and received more Oscar and Tony nominations combined than any other writer.
Dan Rather eloquently wrote, "He prodded us — in laughter and tears — to contend with the traits that make us human."
“There’s no more money anyone can pay me that I need. There are no awards they can give me that I haven’t won. I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it”-Neil Simon #RIP GIANT of the American Theatre #ThanksForTheLaughs pic.twitter.com/NZIVGPLdst
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 26, 2018
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Playwright and Broadway actor Harvey Fierstein paid tribute to Simon. "A loss 4 the entire entertainment industry…What a gent."
British musical theater actress and singer Elaine Paige wrote that he "truly was the king of #Broadway comedy."
“For a man who wants to be his own master, to depend on no one else, to make life conform to his own visions rather than to follow the blueprints of others, playwriting is the perfect occupation." Neil Simon
— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) August 26, 2018
Simon's former wife and actress Marsha Mason posted a tribute to her ex-husband: "He was a great talent and man, husband and father. With his passing, his work and plays live on and will be enjoyed by many generations to come. I miss him deeply and always." He shall be sorely missed.
Neil Simon – gone! A loss 4 the entire entertainment industry.
He could write a joke that would make you laugh, define the character, the situation, and even the world's problems. First time I met him he looked at me and said, "Where the hell did they find you?" What a gent.
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) August 26, 2018
Doubtfire" screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer also noted his lasting influence on comedy writers. "Mrs.