Screenplay writer, playwright, and author Bruce Jay Friedman died June 3 in New York City at the age of 90.  No specific cause of death was given.

Best known for writing “Splash”; Friedman penned over a dozen books.  His debut novel was “Stern” in 1962; which he wrote while still an editor for a magazine in Manhattan. His other Hollywood works include “Lucky Bruce”, “A Mother’s Kisses”, “Scuba Duba”, “Steambath”, “A Change of Plan”, “The Heartbreak Kid”, “Stir Crazy”, the collaboration Doctor Detroit”, “The Lonely Guy’s Guide to Life”, and “The Lonely Guy”.  His novels include “The Dick”, “About Harry Towns”, “Tokyo Woes”, “The Current Climate”, and “A Father’s Kisses”.

Friedman also appeared in a handful of films beginning with his 1988 debut “Another Woman”, “Husbands and Wives”, “54”, “Celebrity”, and “You’ve Got Mail”.

He was born April 26, 1930 in New York City the son of Jewish immigrants.  It was while serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War that Freidman became interested in writing; especially after his CO gave him copies of “Catcher in the Rye”, “Of Time and the River”, and “From Here to Eternity”.  After the Air Force, Friedman attended the University of Missouri where he studied journalism.

Friedman is survived by his second wife Patricia; children Josh, Molly, Drew, and Kipp; and three grandchildren.

 

 

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