Saks won his first Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play in 1977 for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical I Love My Wife, and two more for Neil Simon plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs in 1983 and Biloxi Blues in 1985. He also received nominations for Half a Sixpence (1965), Mame (1966), Same Time, Next Year (1975) and Lost in Yonkers (1991).
Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement, “Gene Saks was a notable presence on Broadway for six decades as an acclaimed performer and celebrated director. His legendary collaboration with Neil Simon contributed unparalleled magic and laughter to Broadway, and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”