ACTOR/DIRECTOR PAUL MAZURSKY HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Watch Paul Mazursky unveil star on Walk of Fame at the end of this page.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored director Paul Mazursky with the 2,515th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on today, Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:30 a.m PST. “Paul Mazursky has worked on some of the world’s most iconic film and television projects,” stated Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to honor his history in the entertainment world with this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Emcee Leron Gubler, helped Paul Mazursky and guest speakers Jeff Kanew, Mel Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss unveil the star in the category of Motion Pictures at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Musso & Frank Grill. The star ceremony was streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Irwin Mazursky was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 25, 1930. Mazursky made his film debut as an actor in Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, Fear and Desire, in which he changed his first name to Paul, and later appeared as a juvenile delinquent in the 1955 film The Blackboard Jungle. He soon became a writer and worked on The Danny Kaye Show in 1963. In 1965, Mazursky collaborated with Larry Tucker in crafting the script of the original pilot of The Monkees television series, in which they both also appeared in cameos.
Mazursky’s acting career has continued for several decades, starting with television work in episodes of The Twilight Zone, and The Rifleman. He has played supporting roles in A Star is Born (1976), The History of the World Part I (1981), Into the Night (1985), Punchline (1988), Man Trouble, (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), Love Affair (1994), 2 Days in the Valley (1996), Miami Rhapsody (1995), and Crazy in Alabama (1999). He also performed the voice of Woody Allen’s psychiatrist in Antz (1998).
Mazursky’s debut as a screenplay writer was in the Peter Sellers comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). The following year he directed his first film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (produced by Larry Tucker). Mazursky’s career behind the camera would continue for the next two decades as he would direct an impressive string of quirky, dramatic and critically-popular films including Alex in Wonderland (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), the autobiographical Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Willie & Phil (1980), Tempest (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Moon Over Parador (1988), Enemies, a Love Story (1989) and Scenes from a Mall (1991).
In his autobiography Show Me the Magic (1999), Mazursky recounts his experiences in filmmaking and with several well-known screen personalities including Peter Sellers.
Mazursky has appeared as himself in a number of documentaries, including A Decade Under the Influence, New York at the Movies and Screenwriters: Words Into Image. In Moon Over Parador, with the Rio Opera House available for only three days of shooting, Mazursky cast himself as a dictator’s mother when Judith Malina was unavailable, playing the character in drag.
In recent years, Mazursky had a small part as “Sunshine” the poker dealer in The Sopranos. He also appeared in five episodes of Season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Mel Brooks’ associate Norm; he later reprised the role in an episode in Season 7.
Mazursky has received five Academy Award®nominations, four for his screenplay writing on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Harry and Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978) and Enemies, a Love Story (1989), and once as producer of An Unmarried Woman (nominated for Best Picture). In 2000, Mazursky was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award.
Mazursky is involved in such charities as Amnesty International, Brooklyn College and Antioch College.
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