Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Award-winning director who brought to life many of Neil Simon’s works onstage and on screen has died.

Gene Sak’s son, Daniel Saks, says his father died from pneumonia Saturday at his East Hampton home in New York. He was 93.

A former actor who turned to directing with “Enter Laughing” on Broadway in 1963, Saks won Tonys for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” and Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.”

He directed the film versions of Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park,” ”Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

He also directed the stage and film version of “Mame,” which starred his then-wife Bea Arthur. Saks directed Goldie Hawn to an Oscar for supporting actress in “Cactus Flower.”