|Born||February 20, 1945|
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, author, film director|
|Education||Binghamton University (BA)|
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Ph.D.)
His dissertation, a study of Depression-era Hollywood films, was published in 1971 by NYU Press under the title We're in the Money: Depression America and Its Films. He also wrote James Cagney: The Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars.
Bergman broke into the film industry by writing the original screenplay (titled Tex X) that served as the basis for Mel Brooks's classic Blazing Saddles (1974), and was among the co-writers who adapted it into its final state. He was later the sole creator of the tv sitcom pilot adaptation called "Black Bart" starring Louis Gossett Jr. for CBS which aired only once on April 4, 1975. The production was only a contractual requirement by Warner Bros. in order to maintain movie rights to produce future sequels. Mel Brooks did not have any involvement.
He wrote a gangster film Rhapsody in Crime that was never made. Warner Bros approached him to write a sequel to Freebie and the Bean with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Instead, Bergman came up with The In-Laws (1979).
He wrote and directed The Freshman (1990) starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick and did a rewrite on Soapdish (1991). He executive produced a number of movies including Chances Are (1989), White Fang (1991), Undercover Blues (1993) and Little Big League (1994).
He wrote the initial draft for The Scout (1994), although he says the resulting film is different from his version. The film gives writing credit to Roger Angell, Bergman, Monica Johnson and star Albert Brooks.
He has written four novels: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944, Hollywood and LeVine, Tender Is LeVine, and Sleepless Nights. The first three are hard-boiled noir detective stories about a Jewish private eye called Jack LeVine (originally Jacob Levine) in 1940s New York. The fourth is a psychological study of a Jewish family. He also wrote the Broadway comedy, Social Security, and Working Title.
- Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
- "James Cagney: The Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars by Andrew Bergman". Fantasticfiction.co.uk. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast". www.gilbertpodcast.com. March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- "Andrew Bergman | Biography, Photos, Movies, TV, Credits". Hollywood.com. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
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- Geherin, David (1982). Sons of Sam Spade: The Private Eye Novel in the 70s. Robert B. Parker, Roger L. Simon, Andrew Bergman. Frederick Ungar Publishing.
- "History — Alumni & Friends — Supporting Excellence". History.wisc.edu. December 21, 1994. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- McNary, Dave. "WGA bows to Bergman". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2016.