Neal Israel Movies and Career Information
Aug 01, 1956
Director and Writer
Neal Israel (born on August 1, 1956) is an actor, screenwriter, film and television producer and director best known for his comedic work in the 1980s. As a filmmaker, Israel started writing and directing in the late 1970s. His first major work came in 1984 with the success of Bachelor Party, which starred Tom Hanks. He followed this with the comedy Moving Violations. As a writer, Neal co-wrote the original Police Academy film, along with Pat Proft and director Hugh Wilson. In 1985, Real Genius, another of his scripts, was made into a successful film starring Val Kilmer, and in 1987, he produced the film Three O'Clock High. Neal continues to work in both film and television. He has worked on The Wonder Years, Nash Bridges, and Even Stevens. In 2004, he executive produced the Academy Award nominated film Finding Neverland which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. During the eighties, Neal married director Amy Heckerling. They had one daughter, Mollie, before divorcing in 1984.