Lowell Ganz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lowell Ganz (born August 31, 1948 in New York City) is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel.

Ganz grew up in Queens, New York. He dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career writing for sitcoms, starting with The Odd Couple. From there, he moved on to writing for the TV series Happy Days and created two of its spin-off series, Laverne and Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi.

In 1982, Ganz and Mandel teamed up with Happy Days actors Ron Howard - who wanted to start directing - and Henry Winkler - who wanted to move away from his image as the Fonz - to make their first film, a low-budget comedy called Night Shift, which was also actor Michael Keaton's first film. Ganz's second film outing, Splash, launched the careers of Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Ganz and Mandel went on to write several other films, four more of which were also directed by Howard, and one of which had Penny Marshall, who starred in Laverne and Shirley, as director. Four of their films have featured Billy Crystal, two have featured Tom Hanks, and two are about baseball. Ganz and Mandel are also widely used as Hollywood script doctors, known for their reliability and fast turnaround time.

Ganz lives in Los Angeles with his wife of more than 25 years. They have three children.

Screenwriting credits (in Collaboration with Babaloo Mandel)[edit]

Selected television credits[edit]

External links[edit]