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Josh Greenfeld, Screenwriter of 'Harry and Tonto', Dies at Age 90: Cause of Death?

Updated On 20 May, 2018 Published On

Josh Greenfeld, who was nominated for an Oscar Award along with Paul Mazursky, for his debut 1974 movie Harry and Tonto, has died at the age of 90.

The late film writer's son Karl Greenfeld, who is a journalist and novelist, told The Hollywood Reporter that his father died May 11 in Los Angeles, citing the cause of death as pneumonia.

Greenfeld wrote two further screenplays, Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II and Oh, God! Book II (1980).

A noted author and playwright, Josh wrote a trilogy of books in which he details the heartbreaking struggle of raising and caring for an autistic child.

CAPTION: Josh Greenfeld, Screenwriter of 'Harry and Tonto', Dies at Age 90 from pneumonia SOURCE: hollywoodreporter

A Child Called Noah was his first publication, which was written in journal form in 1972. The book is considered a landmark book in the field of autism, receiving universal praise for its honesty.

Josh wrote,

I also know I must try not to feel more sorry for myself than for Noah, but some days I forget,

His other popular publications are 1978's A Place for Noah, and 1986's A Client Called Noah.

Josh and Paul lost the Oscar to Robert Towne for Chinatown. Paul, who passed away in 2014, received 5 Oscar nominations during his career.

Josh was born on 27 February 1928, in Malden, Mass. He completed his graduation from Columbia University with a Master of Dramatic Arts in 1953.

He is survived by his wife, Fumiko Kometani, two sons Karl and Noah, daughter-in-law Silka, and granddaughters Lola and Esmee.