Gene Saks Biography (1921-)

Born November 8, 1921, in New York, NY; son of Morris J. and Beatrix (Lewkowitz) Saks; married Beatrice Arthur (an actress; also known as Bea Arthur), May28, 1950 (divorced); married; wife's name, Keren; children: (first marriage)Matthew, Daniel; (second marriage) Annabelle. Career: Actor and director. Member: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (former president), Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America. Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nominations, best director of a musical, 1965, for Half a Sixpence, and 1966, for Mame; AntoinettePerry Award nominations, best director of a play, 1975, for Same Time, Next Year, and 1991, for Lost in Yonkers; Antoinette Perry Award, best director of musical, 1977, for I Love My Wife; New York Drama Critics Circle Award, best director of a play, 1983, for Brighton Beach Memoirs; Antoinette Perry Awards, best director of a play, 1983, for BrightonBeach Memoirs, and 1985, for Biloxi Blues; elected to Theatre Hall of Fame, 1989; Lifetime Achievement Award (with George Abbot), 1990; OuterCritics Circle Award, best director, 1991, for Lost in Yonkers; GuildHall Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994. Addresses: Contact: Society ofStage Directors and Choreographers, 1501 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10036.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
actor, director
Birth Details
November 8, 1921
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Joxer, Juno and the Paycock, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • The butler, Topaze, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • The vicar and W. H. Auden, Dog beneath the Skin, 1947
  • The engineer, Gas, 1947
  • Henry IV, Pirandello's Henry IV, 1947
  • Renee St. Gaul, The Watched Pot, 1947
  • Old shepherd, The Infernal Machine, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1948
  • The park attendant, Within the Gates, 1948
  • The Doctor, him, 1948
  • The German, Yes Is for a Very Young Man, Cherry Lane Theatre, NewYork City, 1949
  • Professor of religion, Too Many Thumbs, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1949
  • Monsieur Jordan, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1949
  • Second discusser, Marty's Double, Mansfield Theatre, NY, 1950
  • Sam, All You Need Is One Good Break, Mansfield, NY, 1950
  • Chauffeur, Personal Appearance, Circle Theatre, Atlantic City, NJ,1951
  • Bill Page, Voice of the Turtle, Circle Theatre, 1951
  • Wilbur, For Love or Money, Circle Theatre, 1951
  • Missouri Legend, Circle Theatre, 1951
  • Professor, South Pacific, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1951, then City Center Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Citizen and servant, Coriolanus, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • Wicked Duke, The Thirteen Clocks, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1954
  • Billy Gordon, Late Love, Westchester Playhouse, Mt. Kisco, NY, 1954
  • Ragnar Brovik, The Master Builder, Phoenix Theatre, 1955
  • Charlie Reader, The Tender Trap, Westchester Playhouse, then Dennis, MA, 1955
  • Richard Sherman, The Seven Year Itch, Westchester Playhouse, 1956
  • Del Rio, The Gimmick, Westport Country Playhouse, 1956
  • Various roles, Johnny Johnston, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New YorkCity, 1956
  • First god, The Good Woman of Szechuan, Phoenix Theatre, 1956
  • Son-in-law, Middle of the Night, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1957
  • Captain, The Infernal Machine, Phoenix Theatre, 1958
  • The professor, Howie, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Various roles, Album Leaves, Spoleto Festival, Italy, 1959
  • Young Rabbi, The Tenth Man, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Norman Yarrow, Love and Libel, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City,1960
  • Morestan, A Shot in the Dark, Booth Theatre, 1961
  • Leo Herman, A Thousand Clowns, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • The Goodbye People, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1971
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • Enter Laughing, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Nobody Loves an Albatross, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1963-64
  • Half a Sixpence, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1964, then Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1966, later Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Generation, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Mame, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • A Mother's Kisses, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1968, then Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
  • Sheep on the Runway, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970, then Washington, DC, 1970
  • How the Other Half Loves, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Same Time, Next Year, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1975-78
  • California Suite, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1976-77
  • I Love My Wife, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1977-79
  • Prince of Grand Street, Philadelphia, PA, and Boston, MA, 1978
  • Home Again, Home Again, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, then American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT, 1979
  • Save Grand Central, Phoenix Theatre Company, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Special Occasions, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1980 and 1982
  • The Supporting Cast, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1983-84
  • Biloxi Blues, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1985-87
  • The Odd Couple, Broadhurst Theatre, 1985, then Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1985
  • Rags, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Broadway Bound, Broadhurst Theatre, 1986-88
  • A Month of Sundays, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Rumors, Broadhurst Theatre, 1988
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, Barbican Theatre, London, England, 1989
  • Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1991-93
  • Jake's Women, Neil Simon Theatre, 1992
  • Lost in Yonkers, James A. Doolittle Theatre, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1992
  • The Goodbye Girl, Shubert Theatre, Chicago, 1993
  • Jake's Women, James A. Doolittle Theatre, University of Californiaat Los Angeles, 1993
  • Major Tours
  • Stefanowski, Mr. Roberts, 1950-51
  • Stage Work
  • Major Tours; Director
  • The Millionairess, 1963
  • Half a Sixpence, U.S. cities, 1966-67
  • Mame, U.S. cities, 1968
  • I Love My Wife, U.S. cities, 1977
  • California Suite, U.S. cities, 1977-78
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs, U.S. cities, 1983-85
  • Bye-Bye Birdie, U.S. cities, 1991-92
  • Also director of Biloxi Blues, U.S. cities; Broadway Bound,U.S. cities; Lost in Yonkers, U.S. cities; and Rumors, U.S. cities.
  • Film Appearances
  • Leo "Chuckles" Herman, A Thousand Clowns, United Artists, 1965
  • Harry, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Warner Bros., 1974
  • Sidney Seltzer, The One and Only, Paramount, 1978
  • Frantic patient, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Marcus Soloway, The Goodbye People, Embassy, 1984
  • Funny, Associates and Ferren, 1988
  • Wirf, Nobody's Fool, Paramount, 1994
  • Boris Podolsky, I.Q., Paramount, 1994
  • Harry's father, Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line Features, 1997
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • Barefoot in the Park, Paramount, 1967
  • The Odd Couple, Paramount, 1968
  • Cactus Flower, Columbia, 1969
  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Paramount, 1972
  • Mame, Warner Bros., 1974
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs (also known as Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs), Universal, 1986
  • "Thanks for Looking at My Line," Funny, Associates and Ferren, 1988
  • Tchin-Tchin, Independent CEP (France), 1989
  • A Fine Romance, Castle Hill, 1992
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Actors Studio, ABC and CBS, 1949
  • Episodic
  • "D-Day," You Are There, CBS, 1955
  • "Castoff," Law and Order, NBC, 1998
  • Also appeared in Armstrong Circle Theater (also known as CircleTheater), NBC and CBS; Philco Television Playhouse, NBC; Playwrights '56, NBC; Producers' Showcase, NBC; Omnibus, CBS andABC; and The U.S. Steel Hour, ABC and CBS.
  • Specials
  • Psychiatrist, Love, Sex, and Marriage, ABC, 1983
  • Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs, 1989
  • Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Director; Specials
  • Love, Sex, and Marriage, ABC, 1983
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Sol Jacobs, On Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1996
  • Television Work
  • Director; Movies
  • Bye Bye Birdie, ABC, 1995

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Architectural Digest, November 1995, pp. 196-202.

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