HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Five-time Oscar nominee Paul Mazursky received the
2,515th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, earning the honor for
directing a string of memorable films from the late 1960s to early 1990s.
Fellow writer-directors Mel Brooks and Jeff Kanew joined Mazursky in
speaking at 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood
Following stints as an actor and writer, Mazursky began his directing
career with the 1969 wife-swapping comedy-drama “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”
He received a best original screenplay Oscar nomination for his script.
Mazursky directed Art Carney to a best actor Oscar for the 1974 road
movie “Harry and Tonto” and received a best original screenplay Oscar
Mazursky also directed “Alex in Wonderland,” “Blume in Love,” “Next
Stop, Greenwich Village,” “An Unmarried Woman,” “Willie & Phil,”
“Tempest,” “Moscow on the Hudson,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,”
“Moon Over Parador,” “Enemies, a Love Story” and “Scenes from a Mall.”
Mazursky’s other writing Oscar nominations were for “An Unmarried
Woman” and “Enemies, a Love Story.” He was among the producers of “An
Unmarried Woman,” which received a best picture Oscar nomination.
Born Irwin Mazursky in Brooklyn on April 25, 1930, Mazursky made his
film debut as an actor in director Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, the 1953
military action and adventure film, “Fear and Desire,” in which he changed
his first name to Paul.
Mazursky also appeared in the films “The Blackboard Jungle,” “A Star
is Born,” “The History of the World Part I,” which was directed by Brooks,
“Punchline,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Love Affair,” “Miami Rhapsody” and
“Crazy in Alabama.”
He also supplied the voice of the psychiatrist of an individualistic but
meek worker ant (Woody Allen) in the 1998 animated comedy “Antz.”
Mazursky’s television acting credits include three episodes of the
original version of “The Twilight Zone,” the Chuck Connors-starring Western,
“The Rifleman,” “The Sopranos” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”