Herb Gardner Biography (1934-)

Full name, Herbert Gardner; born December 28, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; father, a bar owner; first wife's name, Rita (an actress and singer), April, 1957 (divorced); second wife's name, Barbara.

Playwright, director, producer
Birth Details
December 28, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • The Goodbye People, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Creative Consultant
  • Girl Crazy, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1986
  • Film Appearances
  • Rabbi Pierce, Ishtar, Columbia, 1971
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • The Goodbye People, Embassy, 1984
  • I'm Not Rappaport, Gramercy, 1996
  • Producer; with Others
  • Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me?, National General, 1971
  • Associate Producer
  • A Thousand Clowns, United Artists, 1965
  • Stage Plays
  • The Elevator (one-act), produced in New York City, 1952 publishedby Samuel French (New York City), 1952
  • A Thousand Clowns, produced at Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1962 published by Samuel French, 1962
  • The Goodbye People, produced at Cort Theatre, New York City, 1968then revised version, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, 1978 laterBelasco Theatre, New York City, 1979 published by Farrar, Straus (New York City), 1974
  • Thieves, produced at Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1974 published by Samuel French, 1977
  • Life and/or Death, produced in New York City, 1979
  • One Night Stand, produced at Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • I'm Not Rappaport, produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle,WA, 1984 then American Place Theatre, later Booth Theatre, both New York City, 1985 published by Doubleday (New York City), 1986
  • Conversations with My Father, produced at Royale Theatre, New YorkCity, 1992-1993 published by Pantheon, 1993
  • Herb Gardner: The Collected Plays, Applause Theatre Books, 1999
  • One-act plays include The Forever Game, How I Crossed the Street for the First Time All by Myself, and I'm with Ya, Duke, all published in Three One Act Plays.
  • Stage Lyrics
  • One Night Stand, music by Jules Styne, Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Screenplays
  • A Thousand Clowns (based on his stage play), United Artists, 1965
  • Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me? (based on a short story by Gardner), National General, 1971 published by New American Library (New York City), 1971
  • Thieves (based on his stage play), Paramount, 1977
  • The Goodbye People (based on his stage play), Embassy, 1984
  • Ishtar, Columbia, 1987
  • I'm Not Rappaport (based on his stage play), Gramercy, 1996
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • Also wrote material for the series Captain Kangaroo, CBS.
  • Specials
  • Annie: The Woman in the Life of a Man, CBS, 1969
  • (Adaptor) Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be ... You and Me (also known as Free to Be ... You and Me), ABC, 1974
  • "I'm with Ya, Duke" (based on his stage play), Happy Endings, ABC,1975
  • "Word of Mouth," Love, Life, Liberty, and Lunch, ABC, 1976
  • Other Writings
  • A Piece of the Action (novel), Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1958
  • Also the author of short stories. Work represented in anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of 1968. Creator of the comic strip "The Nebbishes," published by Chicago Tribune in the 1950s. Contributor to periodicals, including the Saturday Evening Post.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Dramatists, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1999

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