After scripts for radio and TV shows, the first stage play Simon wrote was "Come Blow Your Horn," produced in 1961. He went on to receive 17 Tony Award nominations, winning one for best author and two for best screen play, Wikipedia says.
Because he has worked in television and adapted his plays for the big screen, Simon has also been nominated four times for an Emmy award and four times for an Academy Award. Simon also won a Pulitzer Prize for his play "Lost in Yonkers" in 1991, according to Biography.com.
Simon is known for including biographical elements in his plays. Born in the late 1920s in the Bronx, Simon lived in a working-class neighborhood and spent a lot of time at the movies during his childhood. He went on to serve in the Air Force Reserves. A New York setting, working-class neighborhoods and other biographical elements appear in many of his plays, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lost in Yonkers." Simon is so well-known as a writer that, in 1983, a Manhattan theater was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre, Biography.com says.Learn more about Plays