(February 1, 1904-October 17, 1979)
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Birth name was Sidney Joseph Perelman
Known for his short stories for 'The New Yorker'
Books include 'Westward Ha!,' 'Crazy Like A Fox,' 'The Swiss Family Perelman,' 'The Ill-Tempered Clavichord' and 'The Most of Perelman'
Wrote screenplays for 'Monkey Business' (1931), 'Horsefeathers' (1932), 'Sitting Pretty' (1933), 'Boy Trouble' (1939) and 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1956)
Why he might be annoying
He never graduated Brown University because he failed trigonometry four times.
A biographer wrote, 'He is vain (with little to be vain about), lecherous (although usually unsuccessful in his pursuit of the ladies), greedy, slothful, and a braggart.'
He resented being better remembered for his contributions to Marx Brothers films than his more 'serious' writing.
He was an Anglophile until he moved to Britain and had to actually socialize with English people.
Why he might not be annoying
He was banned from joining fraternities at Brown because of anti-semitism.
He won an Oscar for the screenplay of 'Around the World in 80 Days.'
'The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose' declared him the best American comedic author of all time.
Fans of his writing include comedian Woody Allen, poet T.S. Eliot and novelist Somerset Maugham.
His praise for Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22' caused sales of the novel to take off.
Credit: C. Fishel
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