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Bruce Jay Friedman

Novelist, playwright and short-story writer, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman was born in New York City on April 26, 1930, and raised in The Bronx by his parents, Irving and Molly (Liebowitz) Friedman. Determined to be a writer, Friedman attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism in the school's ... See full bio »

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Splash Writer
The Heartbreak Kid
Doctor Detroit
Stir Crazy
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 2013 Brazzaville Teen-Ager (Short) (story) / (writer)
 2007 The Heartbreak Kid (short story "A Change of Plan")
 1988 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sniff (1988) ... (writer)
 1988 Splash, Too (TV Movie) (characters)
 1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (characters - 1 episode)
- Splash, Too: Part 1 (1988) ... (characters)
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series) (teleplay by - 1 episode)
- The Assignment (1985) ... (teleplay by)
 1984 Splash (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1984 The Lonely Guy (book "The Lonely Guy's Book of Life")
 1983 Doctor Detroit (story) / (writer)
 1983 Steambath (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes)
- Tandy's Legacy (1983) ... (creator)
- A Preacher and a Jock (1983) ... (creator)
- In the Beginning (1983) ... (creator)
- A Visit from Yuri (1983) ... (creator)
- Madison Avenue Madness (1983) ... (creator)
 1980 Stir Crazy (written by)
 1975 Foreplay (from a story by - segment "Vortex")
 1973 The Ted Bessell Show (TV Movie)
 1973 Steambath (TV Movie) (by)
 1972 The Heartbreak Kid (story "A Change of Plan")
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Early in his career, Friedman worked for a New York City company called Magazine Management that, among other things, actually wrote fake celebrity stories for fan magazines. His co-workers there included not just one but two other writers who went on to pen their own best-sellers: Mario Puzo and Dorothy Gallagher. See more »

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