Gene Saks (born November 8, 1921) is a Tony Award-winning American stage and film director.
Born in New York City, Saks studied at Cornell University and trained at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research.
Saks has shared a long-term professional relationship with playwright/comedy writer Neil Simon, directing his plays Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jake's Women, Rumors, Lost in Yonkers, Broadway Bound, The Odd Couple, and California Suite.
Additional Broadway credits include Enter Laughing, Half a Sixpence, Mame, I Love My Wife, Same Time, Next Year, and Rags.
Among Saks' screen credits are Cactus Flower, which won Goldie Hawn the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Barefoot in the Park, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Odd Couple, Mame, and the 1995 television production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Saks made his acting debut on Broadway in South Pacific in 1949. On stage he also appeared in A Shot in the Dark, The Tenth Man, and A Thousand Clowns, in...
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American comedic (somewhat of a black comedy) play written by famed playwright Neil Simon. The play was later made into a movie that was released in 1975.
The play ran on Broadway from November 1971 until September 1973. Peter Falk and Lee Grant starred in the play as Mel and Edna Edison during its Broadway run. Vincent Gardenia played Mel's brother Harry. The Prisoner of Second Avenue was nominated for the 1972 Tony Award for Best Play. It was produced for the stage by Saint Subber.
The film version of The Prisoner of Second Avenue stars Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft and Gene Saks. The film was produced and directed by Melvin Frank.
The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of New York City. Mel Edison, the main character, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age. The action occurs during an intense summer ... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072034