Murray Schisgal (born November 25, 1926) is an American playwright and screenwriter.
Life and career
Schisgal was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Jewish immigrants, Irene (Sperling) and Abraham Schisgal, a taylor. Schisgal won his first recognition for the 1963 off-Broadway double-bill The Typists and The Tiger, which won him the Drama Desk Award. His 1965 Broadway debut, Luv, earned him Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Author of a Play. Other credits include Jimmy Shine, 74 Georgia Avenue, "Naked Old Man" and All Over Town, which garnered him a Drama Desk nomination.
Schisgal also penned The Love Song of Barney Kempinski, the first presentation of ABC Stage 67, and with Larry Gelbart co-wrote the screenplay for Tootsie, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA, and for which he won awards from the Writers Guild of America, New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.