Bergman began his prolific motion picture career by writing the classic Blazing Saddles. He went on to write such other memorable comedies as The In-Laws, Fletch and Soapdish. In fact, these four Bergman movies, plus The Freshman, were nominated by the American Film Institute as among the five hundred greatest comedies of all time.
Bergman has also written two plays, the Broadway hit Social Security, and Working Title, which debuted at New York's American Jewish Theater in 1996.
Bergman was born in Queens, New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Harpur College and went on to receive a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin. His dissertation on Depression-era films, We're in the Money, written in 1971, is still in print, published by Ivan Dee Publishers. He has also written three novels, the Jack LeVine detective books The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 and Hollywood and LeVine, plus Sleepless Nights. Another detective novel The Missing Maestro, will be published by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 2000.
He also holds an honorary doctorate in letters from Binghamton University. He was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award in 1975 for best original screenplay (Blazing Saddles) and the Hudson Valley Film Festival Tribute Award in 1999.
Andrew Bergman Facts
|Birthday||February 20, 1945 (72)|
|Birthplace||Queens, New York, USA|