John Simon (critic)

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John Simon
BornJohn Simmon
(1925-05-12)May 12, 1925
Subotica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
(now Subotica, Serbia)
DiedNovember 24, 2019(2019-11-24) (aged 94)
Valhalla, New York, U.S.
  • Critic
  • blogger
EducationHorace Mann School
Alma materHarvard University
  • Theatre
  • film
  • literature
Patricia Hoag (m. 1992)
Military career
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
Years of service1944–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

John Ivan Simon (né Simmon;[2] May 12, 1925 − November 24, 2019) was a Serbian-born American author and literary, theater, and movie critic.

Career[change | change source]

Simon wrote theater, movie, music, and book reviews for publications such as New York, Esquire, The Hudson Review, National Review, Opera News, The New Leader, Commonweal, The New Criterion and The New York Times Book Review.

He also wrote essays to The Weekly Standard. Simon was the theater critic at New York for 36 years from October 1968 until May 2005.[3] He wrote theater reviews for Bloomberg News from June 2005[4] through November 2010.[5] He also reviewed theater for The Westchester Guardian.[6]

Simon played himself in a 1975 television episode of The Odd Couple.[7]

Death[change | change source]

Simon died at a hospital in Valhalla, New York from stroke-related problems on November 24, 2019, at age 94.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. The Paris Review Archived 2007-11-10 at the Wayback Machine; accessed March 16, 2016.
  2. "Uncensored John Simon".
  3. Playbill news article Archived 2005-06-30 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved January 28, 2009
  4. Theatermania news article Archived 2006-06-27 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved January 28, 2009.
  5. Bonano, Christopher (November 25, 2019). "On John Simon". Vulture. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Theatre Critic John Simon Has Passed Away at 94". BroadwayWorld. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  7. "People Who Played Themselves". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2021-07-30.

Other websites[change | change source]