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Bruce Jay Friedman (born April 26, 1930) is an Americanmarker novelist, screenwriter, and playwright.

Raised in the Bronxmarker by Irving and Mollie (Liebowitz) Friedman, Bruce Jay Friedman graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School. He then attended the University of Missourimarker as a journalism major, then served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953. In 1954, he married the model (now an acting coach and writer) Ginger Howard. In the same year, Friedman worked for many of the era's famous men's magazines through Magazine Management Company. Friedman ended up as an executive editor in charge of the magazines Men (not the present magazine of the same title), Male, and Man's World.

In 1962, Friedman published Stern, the first of his eight novels. His latest collection of short fiction, Three Balconies, appeared in September 2008, from Biblioasis.

Personal life

With former wife Ginger, Friedman had three children: writer and musician Josh Alan Friedman, cartoonist Drew Friedman, and photographer Kipp Friedman. With his second wife, educator Patricia J. O'Donohue, Friedman has one daughter, writer Molly Friedman. Friedman currently resides in New York Citymarker.



  • A Father's Kisses (1996)
  • The Current Climate (1989)
  • Tokyo Woes (1985)
  • About Harry Towns (1974)
  • The Dick (1970)
  • A Mother's Kisses (1964)
  • Stern (1962) - named by John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, as his favourite modern novel.
  • Violencia!: A Musical Novel (2002)

Short fiction

  • Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy
  • Black Angels
  • Far from the City of Class
  • Black Humor: Anthology
  • The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman
  • Sexual Pensees
  • Three Balconies: Stories and a Novella (2008)
  • A Change of Plan (filmed as The Heartbreak Kid)

For the screen

For the stage

  • Scuba Duba
  • Steambath
  • Have You Spoken to Any Jews Lately?



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