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Paul D. Zimmerman

Paul D. Zimmerman (July 3, 1938 in New York City, New York – March 2, 1993 in Princeton, New Jersey)[1] was a screenwriter, film critic and activist.


He was a film critic for Newsweek magazine from 1967 to 1975,[1] and also wrote for television shows including Sesame Street,[2] but is probably best known for writing The King of Comedy (1982), directed by Martin Scorsese. He was also the co-writer of Lovers and Liars (1979) and Consuming Passions (1988)

Zimmerman was the author of many other screenplays, mostly unproduced, as well as the books The Open Man, The Year the Mets Lost Last Place and The Marx Brothers at the Movies[3] (1968).

Active in the Nuclear Freeze movement, he managed to become a member of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican Party convention in 1984 in order to be the only person to vote against Ronald Reagan.[1]

Zimmerman died of colon cancer.[4]


Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
BAFTA Awards BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay*
*Zimmerman was the first winner of this award
The King of Comedy Won [5]


  1. ^ a b c Howard Schuman "Obituary: Paul D. Zimmerman", The Independent, 8 March 1993
  2. ^ "Paul D. Zimmerman, Screenwriter", The Morning Call website, 6 March 1993
  3. ^ "Paul D. Zimmerman Biography (1938-[1993])", Film Reference website
  4. ^ "Paul Zimmerman, 54, Book and Film Writer", New York Times, 6 March 1993
  5. ^ Film | Original Screenplay in 1984

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