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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pulmonary cardiac arrest)
Birth NameIrwin Lawrence Mazursky

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Mazursky was born on April 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for An Unmarried Woman (1978), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). He was married to Betsy Mazursky. He died on June 30, 2014 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Betsy Mazursky (12 March 1953 - 30 June 2014)  (his death)  (2 children)

Trivia (13)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 659-663. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch) [2006-2014].
Directed six performers in Oscar-nominated performances: Dyan Cannon, Elliott Gould, Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh, Lena Olin and Anjelica Huston. Carney won for his performance in Harry and Tonto (1974).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 13, 2013.
Received a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America on February 1, 2014.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Brooklyn College in New York City in 1951.
He died from pulmonary cardiac arrest at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Close friends with Mel Brooks.
Co-creator of The Monkees (1966).
Parents are David and Jean Mazursky.
He had two daughters with his wife, Betsy: Jill Mazursky and Meg Mazursky.
Has four grandchildren: Carly, Kate, Molly and Tommy.
Member of comedy team Igor and H with Herbert Hartig. When Hartig decided he wanted to be billed as simply "H," Mazursky decided to use the name "Igor".

Personal Quotes (4)

That is the difference between me and Ingmar Bergman. I once said to [Bergman's cinematographer] Sven Nykvist, "Does Bergman have a sense of humor?". And Sven said, "Ja, ja, Ingmar has a funny nightmare.".
Don't forget, most Hollywood movies are designed to lie about sex anyway.
I find it impossible to spend much time with someone who doesn't have a real sense of humor. Humor is not just a way of looking at life. It's the way you experience things. Nobody lives life free of pain, but you can get past the pain with humor. It's what separates me from some very nice people who simply don't get the joke.
Canadians are crazy. On the deepest level, they're the most loyal people in the world. No matter how well Canadian actors do in the United States, you can call them and say, "They want you to shovel squirrel s*** in a movie in Canada." And they'll say, "It's for Canada, I'll be there." They love being Canadians.

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