Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer and television producer. He, along with his 40-year-old writing partnership with , is quite notable. Ganz was born in
City, son of Jean and Irving Ganz, an art supply executive. He attended the Queens College, in New York with his friend Mark Rothman where they began their career as a writer. The duo dropped out of college to try their writing gig at Randall’s hit TV show The Odd Couple.
After being fired, they were re-hired by producer
which led to the start of their career in Hollywood. He began his career with the sitcom Paul Sand in Friends And Lovers, followed by Happy Days and also co-created two spin-offs Laverne And Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi. His partnership broke due to interference by studio executives and he was eventually paired with Babaloo Mandel. The duo teamed up with Ron Howard, fellow Happy Days alumni, and
to make their first film “Night Shift”.
Their second stint ‘Splash’ launched and
and for which Ganz even earned a nomination for the 1984 Academy Award for Best Writing. The much-appreciated team went on to write several other films, five of which have starred
, two have starred Tom Hanks and two others with
. Ganz being a passionate fan of the New York Mets has written two films on baseball. Their film ‘Parenthood’ which happens to be a semi-autobiography was highly appreciated by critics; both of them had become Hollywood script doctors by this time.
Their screenwriting for several major movies such as ‘
’ or ‘Stuart Little 2’ remains unaccredited. Ganz lives with his wife in Los Angeles whom he has been married to for over 30 years and has three children with - Scott, Allie and Simon, all working in the same entertainment field.