Gender
Male
Born
Nov 08, 1921
New York, New York, USA
Died
Mar 28, 2015
East Hampton, New York, USA
Director Performer
Also Known As
Jean Michael Saks [Birthname]
Relations
Husband of
Bea Arthur (1950 - 1978) divorced
Comments
Biography: Gene Saks was born Jean Michael Saks on November 8, 1921 in New York City to Morris Saks and the former Beatrix Leukowitz. He studied at Cornell and served in the Navy during World War II. He then studied acting at the New School for Social Research and the Actors Studio. He was influential in starting a theater cooperative at the Cherry Lane Theater. He transitioned mid-career from being an actor to a director. He directed eight of Neil Simon's plays on Broadway. He married Bea Arthur, with whom he had his sons Daniel and Matthew. He then married Keren Victoria Ettlinger, with whom he had his daughter, Annabelle.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Nobody's Fool," "The Odd Couple," "Deconstructing Harry," "Barefoot in the Park," "Cactus Flower," "Mame," and "The One and Only." Television credits include: "Law & Order," "Bachelor Father," "Mike Hammer," "The United States Steel Hour," "Kraft Theatre," and "You Are There."

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on April 1, 2015.
Barrymore (Mar 25, 1997 - Nov 02, 1997)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayOriginal
Jake's Women (Mar 24, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Lost in Yonkers (Feb 21, 1991 - Jan 03, 1993)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Rumors (Nov 17, 1988 - Feb 24, 1990)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedy FarceOriginal
A Month of Sundays (Apr 16, 1987 - Apr 18, 1987)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Broadway Bound (Dec 04, 1986 - Sep 25, 1988)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Rags (Aug 21, 1986 - Aug 23, 1986)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalOriginal
The Odd Couple (Jun 11, 1985 - Feb 23, 1986)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyRevival
Biloxi Blues (Mar 28, 1985 - Jun 28, 1986)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Mar 27, 1983 - May 11, 1986)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Special Occasions (Feb 07, 1982 - Feb 07, 1982)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayOriginal
The Supporting Cast (Aug 06, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
I Love My Wife (Apr 17, 1977 - May 20, 1979)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalComedyOriginal
California Suite (Jun 10, 1976 - Jul 02, 1977)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Mar 13, 1975 - Sep 03, 1978)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
How the Other Half Loves (Mar 29, 1971 - Jun 26, 1971)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayFarceOriginal
Sheep on the Runway (Jan 31, 1970 - May 02, 1970)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayOriginal
Mame (May 24, 1966 - Jan 03, 1970)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalComedyOriginal
Generation (Oct 06, 1965 - Jun 25, 1966)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Half a Sixpence (Apr 25, 1965 - Jul 16, 1966)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalComedyOriginal
Nobody Loves an Albatross (Dec 19, 1963 - Jun 20, 1964)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Enter Laughing (Mar 13, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
A Thousand Clowns (Apr 05, 1962 - Apr 13, 1963)
  • Also Starring: Gene Saks [Leo Herman]
PlayComedyOriginal
A Shot in the Dark (Oct 18, 1961 - Sep 22, 1962)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [Morestan]
PlayFarce ComedyOriginal
Love and Libel (Dec 07, 1960 - Dec 10, 1960)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [Norman Yarrow]
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The Tenth Man (Nov 05, 1959 - May 13, 1961)
  • Also Starring: Gene Saks [Rabbi]
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Howie (Sep 17, 1958 - Sep 20, 1958)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [Professor]
PlayComedyOriginal
The Infernal Machine (Feb 03, 1958 - Mar 09, 1958)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [The Captain of the Patrol]
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The Good Woman of Setzuan (Dec 18, 1956 - Jan 06, 1957)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [First God]
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South Pacific (May 04, 1955 - May 15, 1955)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [Professor]
MusicalDramaRevival
All You Need Is One Good Break (Feb 09, 1950 - Feb 11, 1950)
  • Performer: Gene Saks [Second Discusser, Marty's Double]
PlayOriginal
South Pacific (Apr 07, 1949 - Jan 16, 1954)
  • Performer: Gene Saks
    • Professor - Replacement
MusicalDramaOriginal
Barrymore (Jul 11, 1998 - Dec 06, 1998)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayOriginal
Applause (Oct 22, 1996 - Nov 24, 1996)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalRevival
Lost in Yonkers (Nov 01, 1991 - May 30, 1993)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Bye Bye Birdie (May 11, 1991 - May 31, 1992)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
MusicalComedyRevival
Mame (Jul 31, 1990 - Dec 09, 1990)
  • Broadway production directed by Gene Saks
MusicalComedyRevival
Broadway Bound (Sep 06, 1988 - Dec 11, 1988)
  • Original Broadway direction by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Broadway Bound (Oct 20, 1987 - Jul 31, 1988)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Biloxi Blues (Feb 11, 1986 - May 24, 1987)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Sep 18, 1984 - Aug 25, 1985)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nov 21, 1983 - Oct 14, 1984)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Jan 13, 1978 - Apr 22, 1978)
  • Original New York Production Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Apr 12, 1977 - Jul 02, 1977)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Aug 03, 1976 - Jan 28, 1978)
  • Original New York Production Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Dec 02, 1975 - May 08, 1976)
  • Directed by Gene Saks
PlayComedyOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Direction of a Play

1991 | Nominee  | Lost in Yonkers
Directed by Gene Saks

Best Direction of a Play

1985 | Winner  | Biloxi Blues
Directed by Gene Saks

Best Direction of a Play

1983 | Winner  | Brighton Beach Memoirs
Directed by Gene Saks

Best Direction of a Musical

1977 | Winner  | I Love My Wife
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Best Direction of a Play

1975 | Nominee  | Same Time, Next Year
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1966 | Nominee  | Mame
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1965 | Nominee  | Half a Sixpence
Directed by Gene Saks

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1987 | Nominee  | Broadway Bound
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1985 | Nominee  | Biloxi Blues
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1977 | Nominee  | I Love My Wife
Directed by Gene Saks
 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1975 | Nominee  | Same Time, Next Year
Directed by Gene Saks

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