Fast Facts

  • Family moved from New York to Louisiana when he was a child, to create a better environment to care for his sister, who was born deaf.
  • Attended his Louisiana high school during its period of racial integration in the '60s.
  • Excelled in high-school debate, and began college with an interest in directing.
  • Worked as a switchboard operator at the United Nations Plaza Hotel to support himself during graduate school.
  • Has won several prestigious awards for his plays, including a Pulitzer Prize and a Kennedy Center Award for Angels in America.
  • Has been a source of controversy in the Zionist community for some of his statements about Israel and Palestine.
  • Has received many awards for his social and cultural contributions, such as the Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.


  • 1993, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Winner
  • 2004, Tony — Book of a Musical: Nominee
  • 1994, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2004, Tony — Score (Music and/or Lyrics): Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Lesley Kushner — Sister
  • Mark Bronnenberg — Ex-significant Other
  • Eric Kushner — Brother
  • Mark Harris — Husband
  • Sylvia Kushner — Mother
  • William Kushner — Father


  • Columbia College, New York, NY (BA in English Literature, 1978); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY (MFA, 1984)


  • Birth Name: Anthony Robert Kushner
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Profession: Playwright, Screenwriter

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