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      Neal Israel

      Neal Israel

      Highest Rated: 83% Finding Neverland (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 23% Surf Ninjas (1993)

      Birthday: Jul 27, 1945

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Neal Israel has sustained an enduring career in Hollywood as a writer, director, producer, and even an occasional actor, though he is best known for writing a few hit comedies of the 1980s, including "Police Academy" and "Bachelor Party." He broke into the business as a writer on the animated series "Yogi's Gang" in the early '70s before following with his first feature, sharing both writing and directing credit on "Tunnel Vision," an unsuccessful string of sketches about an uncensored TV station. Other writing, directing, and minor acting gigs followed, leading up to the wildly popular "Police Academy," which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Pat Proft. That same year, Israel directed the Tom Hanks comedy "Bachelor Party," again sharing writing credit with Proft. Though his follow-up directorial effort, "Moving Violations," received little praise, his next script, for the goofy science fiction campus comedy "Real Genius," helped create a cult favorite and boosted star Val Kilmer's career. Israel worked on less notable projects after that, co-writing the "Talking" baby sequel, "Look Who's Talking Too," and teaming with then-wife Amy Heckerling (they divorced in 1984). While mostly directing and producing for TV movies and series since then, Israel also served as executive producer on the Oscar-nominated fantasy "Finding Neverland."

      Highest rated movies

      It's Alive III: Island of the Alive



      No Score Yet 75% Jinxed Screenwriter - 2013
      No Score Yet 33% Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation Executive Producer - 2008
      83% 87% Finding Neverland Executive Producer $51.7M 2004
      No Score Yet 30% National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Reunion Director - 2003
      No Score Yet 17% The Brady Bunch in the White House Director - 2002
      No Score Yet 27% The Poof Point Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 44% Hounded Director - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Screenwriter - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Runner Executive Producer - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chocolate for Breakfast Executive Producer - 1998
      No Score Yet 38% National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off Director,
      - 1997
      No Score Yet 70% Kidz in the Wood Director - 1996
      No Score Yet 40% Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Director,
      - 1995
      23% 68% Surf Ninjas Director $4.9M 1993
      No Score Yet 58% Breaking the Rules Director $23.2K 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cover Girl and the Cop Director - 1989
      44% 16% It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Dr. Brewster (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 40% Combat High Director - 1986
      No Score Yet 51% Moving Violations Director - 1985
      77% 83% Real Genius Writer,
      $130.8K 1985
      56% 64% Police Academy Screenwriter - 1984
      54% 56% Bachelor Party Director,
      - 1984
      No Score Yet 34% Americathon Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracking Up Al (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tunnelvision Rabbi Rabinowitz/Hippie 2 (Character),
      - 1976


      96% 62% Joan of Arcadia Director 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Director 2002-2003
      59% No Score Yet Do Over Director 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shasta Director 1999-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Director 1997-1999
      14% No Score Yet Love Boat: The Next Wave Director 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Director 1997
      No Score Yet 86% The Wonder Years Director 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Boom Leo (Guest Star) 1988