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Bruce J. Friedman, ‘Splash,’ Dice – Oscar-nominated screenwriter of various genres

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Writer Bruce J. Friedman, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1984 comedy “Splash,” died at his home in Brooklyn on Wednesday. He was 90 years old.

His death was confirmed by his son Josh, who told the New York Times that the cause had not been determined.

Friedman, a resident of Bronx, made his debut as a dark comedian novelist centered on self-involved heroes, including “Stern” and “A Mother’s Kiss” in the 1930s, followed by “Scuba Duba” and “Steambath”. Directed by Iline May, the 19 short2 film “The Heartbreak Kid” starring Charles Grodin, Sybil Shepherd, Eddie Arnold and Jenny Berlin – Neil Simon adapted his short story “Plan to Plan”.

Richard Pryor-Jean Wilder, directed by Friedman Sidney Poitier, was a box office success in 1980 with the prison comedy “Stray Crazy.” He wrote the first draft of the 1984 romantic comedy “Splash” about the love affair between Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. He shared the Academy Award nominations with Brian Grazer, Loyal Ganj and Bablu Mandel. The “splash” hit that started Hanks’ career and led Grazer and filmmaker Ron Howard to establish Imagine Entertainment the following year.

Friedman also shared the credit of writing with Carl Gottlieb and Robert Boris for the 1983 comedy “Doctor Detroit” starring Dan Ackroyd. His 1978 non-fiction book “The Lonely Guy’s Life to Life” served as the basis for the 1984 Steve Martin comedy “The Lonely Guy”. “Heartbreak Kid” was remade in 200, directed by Peter and Bobby Ferrell, starring Ben Steeler, Malin Akamaran and Michelle Monaghan.

Friedman was born April 26, 1930, and grew up in a three-room apartment in the Bronx. He graduated from Dwight Clinton High School and studied at the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism. He spent two years in the Air Force and sold his first short story “Wonderful Golden Rule Days” to New York.

Friedman’s other novels included “The Dick,” “About Harry Towns,” “Tokyo Wis,” “Current Climate,” and “A Father’s Kiss.” She appeared in three films directed by Woody Allen: “Another Woman,” “Husband and Wife,” and “Celebrity.”

Survivors include his wife Patricia O’Donhey; Three sons, musician Josh Alan Friedman, cartoonist Drew Friedman and photographer Kip Friedman; And a daughter, Molly Stout; And three grandchildren

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