Paul D. Zimmerman (3 July 1938 - 2 March 1993 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a screenwriter, film critic and activist.

He was a film critic for Newsweek magazine from 1967 to 1975, but is probably best known for writing The King of Comedy (1983) directed by Martin Scorsese. He was the author of many other screenplays, mostly unproduced, and also the books The Open Man, The Year the Mets Lost Last Place and The Marx Brothers at the Movies (1968).

Active in the Nuclear Freeze movement, he managed to become a member of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican Party convention in 1984 - in order to be the only person to vote against Ronald Reagan.

Zimmerman died of colon cancer.

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Paul Zimmerman Poems

Paul Zimmerman Quotes

What do you mean, who am I? I'm the one who's suing, I'm the lawyer, that's who I am.
Paul D. Zimmerman, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Jerry Langford's (otherwise unnamed) lawyer (Jay Julien), The King of Comedy, to talk show host Langford's producers (1982).
I love you. I never told my parents that I loved them. 'Course, they never told me that they loved me, either, which was fine with me. But I love you.
Paul D. Zimmerman, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Masha (Sandra Bernhard), The King of Comedy, to talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), whom she has tied to a chair (1982).

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