Herb Gardner

Herb Gardner, the Broadway dramatist who wrote few plays but had many productions, died Sept. 24, 2003, his agent Robert Lantz confirmed. He was 68 and had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Gardner's plays—mostly comedies with heartwarming messages at their core—could be counted on one hand. Yet, his batting average was good. Three of the titles— A Thousand Clowns, I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations with My Father—had long runs on Broadway. A Thousand Clowns was Tony Award-nominated for Best Play and Rappaport won the Best Play prize, and both have been revived on Broadway (though with nowhere near their initial success) and in countless stagings across the U.S.

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  • Born: Dec 28, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Death: Sep 25, 2003 in New York, New York

Awards

Outer Critics Circle
1986 John Gassner Award I'm Not Rappaport Winner