Andrew Bergman (b. 1945) is a successful comedy screenwriter and occasional author of hard-boiled mysteries. After receiving a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bergman sold Tex X, a novella about a black sheriff in the old west, to Warner Brothers. The studio hired him to turn his story into a screenplay, as part of a team of comedy legends led by Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. The result was Blazing Saddles (1974), which is widely regarded as one of the funniest films of all time.
After that early success, Bergman published the first two novels in a mystery series starring Jack LeVine, a hard-boiled Jewish PI. After The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 (1974) and Hollywood and LeVine (1975), he continued writing and directing films, producing such classics as Fletch (1985), The Freshman (1990) and Soapdish (1991). In 2001 he returned to LeVine in Tender Is LeVine. Bergman continues to live and write in New York City.
“Bergman, a child of our times, has the kind of social conscience that Hammett & co. did not bother much about.” - New York Times
“I love your new LeVine . . . the character and the feel of your books are terrific. I hope this one finds a wide audience, even beyond New York. After all, the others found me in the hinterlands long ago.” - Bill Clinton
“Ratty, torn paperback copies of . . . The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 and Hollywood and LeVine are treated like spun gold by those lucky enough to have stumbled on them back in the day. Now [LeVine] has just been brought back to thrilling life.” - New York Post
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