The Info List - Babaloo Mandel

Marc "Babaloo" Mandel (born October 13, 1949) is an American screenwriter. After doing television episodes, he also began writing for feature films. He and long-time writing partner Lowell Ganz have penned numerous high-profile movies, including Splash (1984), Parenthood (1989), City Slickers (1991) and A League of Their Own (1992).[1]


Mandel was born in New York City, the son of a taxi driver.[1] He attended the [Queens College, City University of New York[New York Institute of Technology]], before leaving for Hollywood in 1972.

There he met Ganz. It was Ganz who gave him the nickname "Babaloo", after the character Babaloo Mandel in Philip Roth's novel Portnoy's Complaint.[1] Mandel and Ganz were featured in The Dialogue interview series.[2] In the 90-minute interview with producer Mike DeLuca, they discussed their 40-year partnership as it evolved from television to feature films.

Both men worked on the television series Happy Days, Mandel as a creative consultant, Ganz as supervising producer.[1] As a result of that connection, they were offered their first big break - the movie Night Shift - by series star Ron Howard and his friend, producer Brian Grazer.[1] Howard directed Nightshift, and it was Grazer's first feature film as producer.[3] The writing duo later reteamed with Howard on Splash, for which Mandel, Ganz and Bruce Jay Friedman won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay. Mandel, Ganz, Friedman and Grazer were also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The pair also wrote for the television series Laverne & Shirley. They were the screenwriters for the 1992 sports movie A League of Their Own, directed by "Laverne" (Penny Marshall).

Mandel was one of the "winners" of the 1992 Razzie for Worst Screenplay for The Flintstones.[4]

He married Denise Madelyn (Horn) in 1974.[1] They have six children, including a set of triplets.[5]

The Online Archive of California has the Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel Collection of material related to their writing careers.[3]

Partial filmography

Partial television credits


  1. ^ a b c d e f Reed, J. D. (October 19, 1992). "Mr. Saturday Night's Writers: Funny All Week". People. 38 (16). Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  2. ^ The Dialogue: Learning From the Masters - Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (2006) at AllMovie
  3. ^ a b "Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel Collection". Online Archive of California. 
  4. ^ "1994 RAZZIE® Nominees & "Winners"". razzies.com. 
  5. ^ "Babaloo Mandel Biography (1949–)". Filmreference.com. October 13, 1949. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

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