Carl Reiner Biography (1922-)

Born March 20, 1922, in Bronx, NY; son of Irving and Bessie (maiden name, Mathias) Reiner; married Estelle Lebost, December 24, 1943; children: Robert (anactor, producer, director, writer, and composer, as Rob Reiner), Sylvia Anne, Lucas (an actor, director, writer, and composer). Addresses: Agent:William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer, director, producer
Birth Details
March 20, 1922
Bronx, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Bud, Happy Anniversary, United Artists, 1959
  • Harlow Edison, The Gazebo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960
  • Russ Lawrence, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Columbia, 1961
  • German officer, cad, and cowboy, The Thrill of It All, 1963
  • Tower Control Rancho Conejo, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World,1963
  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, 1965
  • Rodin, The Art of Love, 1965
  • Walt Whittaker, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming,United Artists, 1966
  • Star Spangled Salesman, 1966
  • Bookshop customer, Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title, 1966
  • Voice, Alice in Wonderland in Paris, 1966
  • Technical adviser, A Guide for the Married Man, 1967
  • Stan Herman, Generation (also known as A Time for Caring and A Time for Giving), 1969
  • Al Schilling, The Comic (also known as Billy Bright), Columbia, 1969
  • 10 from Your Show of Shows, 1973
  • Dinah Shore's guest, Oh, God!, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Dr. Maneet, The End, United Artists, 1978
  • Carl Reiner, the celebrity, The Jerk, Universal, 1979
  • Field Marshal Von Kluck, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (also knownas Dead Men Wear No Plaid), Universal, 1982
  • Mr. Dearadorian, Summer School, 1987
  • Host, Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-up Confidential, 1987
  • (Uncredited) Newsreel editor, In the Mood (also known as The Woo Woo Kid), 1987
  • Dr. Von Mobil, The Spirit of '76, 1990
  • Judge Ben Arugula, Fatal Instinct, 1993
  • Mickey, Slums of Beverly Hills, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • P. G. Biggershot, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Universal, 2000
  • Film Work
  • Director, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • (And producer) Enter Laughing, Columbia, 1967
  • Coproducer and codirector, The Comic (also known as Billy Bright), Columbia, 1969
  • Where's Poppa? (also known as Going Ape), UnitedArtists, 1970
  • (And executive producer, with Mel Brooks) Oh God!, Warner Bros., 1977
  • The One and Only, Paramount, 1978
  • The Jerk, Universal, 1979
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (also known as Dead Men Wear No Plaid), Universal, 1982
  • The Man with Two Brains, Warner Bros., 1983
  • All of Me, Universal, 1984
  • The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984
  • Summer Rental, Paramount, 1985
  • Summer School, 1987
  • Bert Rigby, You're a Fool, 1989
  • Sibling Rivalry, 1990
  • Fatal Instinct, 1993
  • That Old Feeling, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue, 1949-50
  • Your Show of Shows, NBC, 1950-54
  • George Hansen, Caesar's Hour, NBC, 1954-57
  • Sid Caesar Invites You, ABC, 1958
  • Host, Keep Talking, CBS, 1958-59
  • Panelist, Take a Good Look, 1960-61
  • Alan Lester Brady, The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1961-66
  • The Art Linkletter Show, 1963
  • The Dinah Shore Show, NBC, 1963
  • Host, The Celebrity Game, 1964
  • Voice of Sascha Grouse, Dinny Kangaroo, and Rory Raccoon, Linus the Lionhearted, 1964-69
  • Mr. Angel, Good Heavens, ABC, 1976
  • Host, Sunday Best, NBC, 1991
  • Specials
  • The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special,NBC, 1967
  • This Week in Nemtin, 1972
  • Annie and the Hoods, 1974
  • Julie and Dick in Covent Garden, 1974
  • Commentator, The 2,000 Year Old Man, 1975
  • Van Dyke and Company, 1975
  • Host, Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown, 1976
  • Mitzi ... Roarin' in the '20s, 1976
  • Host, The Fabulous Funnies, 1976
  • A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle, 1978
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, 1979
  • Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty, 1980
  • Walt Disney ... One Man's Dream, 1981
  • Twilight Theater, 1982
  • All-Star Party for Lucille Ball, 1984
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1984
  • Host, Those Wonderful TV Game Shows, 1984
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly, 1985
  • Comic Relief, 1986
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, 1986
  • A Carol Burnett Special: Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin, ABC, 1987
  • This Is Your Life, NBC, 1987
  • Mel Fellini, Mickey's 60th Birthday Special, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Host, Fifty Years of Television: A Golden Celebration, CBS, 1989
  • Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs, PBS, 1989
  • The World of Jewish Humor, PBS, 1990
  • George Burns' 95th Birthday Party, NBC, 1991
  • Comic Relief, HBO, 1992
  • Roseanne and Tom: Getting Away with It, HBO, 1992
  • Street Scenes: New York on Film, AMC, 1992
  • Laughing Matters, Showtime, 1993
  • More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1993
  • Addicted to Fame, NBC, 1994
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered, CBS, 1994
  • Sid Caesar: Television's Comedy Genius, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Carl Reiner: Still Laughing, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter, PBS, 1996
  • Caesar's Writers, PBS, 1996
  • I Am Your Child, ABC, 1997
  • Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler, Lifetime, 1997
  • M*A*S*H, Tootsie, and God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart, PBS, 1998
  • Steve Martin: A Comic Life, Comedy Central, 1999
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • The College of Comedy with Alan King, Part II, PBS, 2000
  • Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Panelist, The Name's the Same, 1953
  • Panelist, Droodles, 1954
  • Voice of flight announcer, "Who Owes Who What?," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1961
  • Voice of television defense lawyer, "Divorce," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1963
  • Yale Sampson, "I'm No Henry Walden," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1963
  • Serge Carpetna, "October Eve," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also knownas Head of the Family), CBS, 1964
  • Willie Cooke, "Stacey Petrie: Part 2," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1965
  • Actor, "Love Thy Other Neighbor," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family), CBS, 1966
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1966
  • Professor Peabody, "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture," Night Gallery, 1971
  • Himself, "Killer Routine," It's Garry Shandling's Show, 1988
  • A Conversation with Dinah, The Nashville Network, 1989
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Guest caller Roger, "Selling Out," Frasier, NBC, 1993
  • Alan Brady, "The Alan Brady Show," Mad about You, NBC, 1995
  • Voice of salacious priest, "Noir Gang," Duckman, 1996
  • Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996
  • Himself, "The Roast," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997
  • Voice of Gary Kasner, "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Voice of Prometheus, "Prometheus Affair," Hercules (also known asDisney's Hercules), ABC, 1998
  • Sid Barry, "Always Leave 'em Laughing," Beggars and Choosers,1999
  • Al Lipton, "Decisions," Family Law, CBS, 1999
  • "Growing Up in Hollywood," Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Network, 1999
  • Al Lipton, "A Mother's Son," Family Law, CBS, 2000
  • "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Inside TV Land, TV Land, 2000
  • Voice, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Carol Burnett Show and The Fashion Story.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1986
  • The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards, 1987
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1987
  • Host, The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1988
  • The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, 1989
  • The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1990
  • The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1990
  • The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1991
  • Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1995
  • The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, 1997
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1997
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Movies
  • Dr. Reiber, Medical Story, 1975
  • Abbot Rosen, Skokie (also known as Once They Marched through aThousand Towns), 1981
  • Norman Friedler, The Right to Remain Silent, Showtime, 1996
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Geppetto, Faerie Tale Theatre: Pinocchio, 1983
  • Narrator, The Great Standups (also known as The Great Standups:Sixty Years of Laughter), 1983
  • (Archival footage) The Fifties (miniseries), 1997
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator and executive producer, The Dick Van Dyke Show (also knownas Head of the Family), CBS, 1961-66
  • Producer, Good Morning, World, 1967
  • Producer and creative consultant, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS,1973
  • Producer, Heaven Help Us, 1976
  • Executive producer, Good Heavens, 1976
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family),CBS, between 1961-1966
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1973
  • A Touch of Grace, 1973
  • Good Heavens, 1976
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Producer and director, Flannery and Quilt, 1976
  • Stage Appearances
  • Call Me Mister (musical), Broadway production, 1947-48
  • Inside U.S.A., Broadway production, 1948-49
  • Alive and Kicking, Broadway production, 1949
  • Major Tours
  • Call Me Mister (musical), U.S. cities, 1947
  • Also toured with Major Maurice Evans's Special Services Unit, South Pacific tour for the armed services, World War II.
  • Stage Director
  • The Roast, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Something Different, South Street Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Brooks) 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (also known as Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, The 2000 Year Old Man), c. 1960
  • (With Brooks) The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000, 1997
  • Other comedy albums include The 2001 Year Old Man and The 2013Year Old Man.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Thrill of It All (based on a story by Reiner), Universal, 1963
  • The Art of Love, 1965
  • (With Joseph Stein) Enter Laughing (based on the novel by Reiner),Columbia, 1967
  • (With Aaron Ruben) The Comic (also known as Billy Bright),Columbia, 1969
  • (With Martin and Gipe) Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (also known as Dead Men Wear No Plaid), Universal, 1982
  • (With Martin and Gipe) The Man with Two Brains, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Coauthor, All of Me, Universal, 1984
  • Bert Rigby, You're a Fool, 1989
  • Television Series
  • Your Show of Shows, NBC, 1950-54
  • Caesar's Hour, 1954, NBC, 1954-57
  • Sid Caesar Invites You, ABC, 1958
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family),CBS, 1961-66
  • Television Specials
  • The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special,NBC, 1967
  • The Nancy Dussault Show, 1973
  • The 2,000 Year Old Man, 1975
  • Flannery and Quilt, 1976
  • Plays
  • Something Different, South Street Theatre, New York City, 1983, published by Samuel French (New York City), 1967
  • Enter Laughing, Mercer Street Theatre, New York City, 1983, then American Jewish Theatre, 92nd Street YMHA, New York City, 1984-85
  • Books
  • Enter Laughing (autobiographical novel), Simon & Schuster (NewYork City), 1958
  • The 2000 Year Old Man (transcription of record album), Warner Books (New York City), 1981
  • All Kinds of Love (novel), Carol Publishing (Secaucus, NJ), 1993
  • Continue Laughing (novel), Carol Publishing, 1995
  • (With Brooks) The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000: The Book, Cliff Street (New York City), 1997
  • How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Mostly Happy Stories (short stories), Cliff Street, 1999

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The film Free to Be ... You and Me, October 6, 1997, released in1974, is based on stories by Reiner.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals:
    • Modern Maturity, -April, 1999, pp. 44-48.
    • New York, p. 56.
    • US News and World Report, November 6, 2000, p. 12.

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