NEW YORK (AP) ‚ÄĒ Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as ‚ÄúThe Odd Couple,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĚBarefoot in the Park‚ÄĚ and his ‚ÄúBrighton Beach‚ÄĚ trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.
Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, a longtime friend and spokesman for Shubert Organization theaters.
In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater‚Äôs most successful and prolific playwright, often chronicling middle class issues and fears. Starting with ‚ÄúCome Blow Your Horn‚ÄĚ in 1961 and continuing into the next century, he rarely stopped working on a new play or musical. His list of credits is staggering.
The theater world¬†quickly mourned his death¬†, including Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, who tweeted that Simon ‚Äúcould write a joke that would make you laugh, define the character, the situation, and even the wor