Following the news that famed playwright Neil Simon died Sunday at the age of 91, stars and fans of the Pulitzer-prize winning writer took to social media to pay their respects.
Broadway actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein said Simon’s loss is a loss for “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,” he tweeted. “First time I met him he looked at me and said, ‘Where the hell did they find you?’ What a gent.”
Emmy-nominated actor Henry Winkler called him a “giant … one of the most prolific playwrights in history.”
“Neil Simon was a genius,” tweeted Vincent D’Onofrio, who shared a photo of Art Carney and Walter Matthau on Broadway in one of Simon’s greatest hits, “The Odd Couple.”
He “brought a unique eye for life to stage and screen,” wrote legendary newsman Dan Rather. “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.”
Neil Simon - gone! A loss 4 the entire entertainment industry.— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) August 26, 2018
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.
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
Actor and Tony Award producer Wendell Pierce likened Simon’s death to the passing of an era. “Culture is the intersection of life itself and how people engage it,” he tweeted. “It’s a time to reflect on what our personal contribution will be to the culture of our days.”
Former “Scandal” stars Tony Goldwyn and Joshua Malina also tweeted in appreciation of the playwright, with Malina expressing disappointment that he’d never had the chance to work with Simon after growing up watching his plays.
We are experiencing the passing of an era. Aretha Franklin, Kofi Annan, John McCain, and Neil Simon. Culture is the intersection of life itself and how people engage it. With these deaths, it’s a time to reflect on what our personal contribution will be to the culture of our days— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) August 26, 2018
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
Simon’s death comes on the heels of Sen. John McCain’s death yesterday and the recent loss of soul legend Aretha Franklin. Comedian Yvette Nicole Brown shared a link reporting news of Simon’s death adding, “A lot of my heroes are dying. What a sad few weeks this has been.”
“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
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
Neil Simon wrote and discovered timeless words that will forever be etched into the hearts of us all. R.I.P. 1927-2018— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) August 26, 2018
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