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Reiner at a ceremony for Jon Cryer on September 19, 2011
March 20, 1922 |
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse||Estelle Reiner (1943–2008; her death)|
Lucas Reiner (sons)
Annie Reiner (daughter)
|Relative(s)||Tracy Reiner (granddaughter)|
Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your Show of Shows, as Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Saul Bloom in the Oceans Trilogy, as the voice of Shep in Good Boy!, and the voice of Sarmoti in Father of the Pride. Reiner has won 9 Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career.
Reiner was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York on March 20, 1922, the son of Irving, who was a watchmaker, and Bessie (née Mathias) Reiner. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Romania and his mother from Austria. His older brother Charlie served in the 9th Division's 37th Infantry at 11 major World War II battles and had his ashes buried at Arlington National Cemetery. At age 16, Charlie read in the New York Daily News about a free dramatic workshop being put on by the Works Progress Administration and told him about it. His uncle Harry Mathias was the first entertainer in his family. He had been working as a machinist repairing sewing machines. He credits Charlie with changing his career plans.
Reiner performed in several Broadway musicals (including Inside U.S.A. and Alive and Kicking) and had the lead role in Call Me Mister. In 1950, he was cast by producer Max Leibman in Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, appearing on air in skits while also working alongside writers, such as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Reiner also worked on Caesar's Hour with Brooks, Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, Mike Stewart, Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin.
Starting in 1960, Reiner teamed with Brooks as a comedy duo on The Steve Allen Show. Their performances on television and stage included Reiner playing the straight man in 2000 Year Old Man. Eventually, the routine expanded into a series of 5 comedy albums and a 1975 animated TV special.
In 1959, Reiner developed a television pilot titled Head of the Family, based on his own personal and professional life. However, the network did not like Reiner in the lead role for unknown reasons. In 1961, it was recast and retitled The Dick Van Dyke Show and became an iconic series, making stars of his lead actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. In addition to writing many of the episodes, Reiner occasionally appeared as temperamental show host Alan Brady. The series ran from 1961 to 1966. In 1966, Reiner co-starred in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.
On The Dick Van Dyke Show, he began his directing career. After the series ended its run, his first film feature was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing (1967), which, in turn, was based on Reiner's semi-autobiographical 1958 novel of the same name. Balancing directing, producing, writing, and acting, Reiner has worked on a wide range of films and television programs. Films from his early directing career included Where's Poppa? (1970), Oh, God! (1977), and The Jerk (1979).
Reiner played a large role in the early career of Steve Martin, by directing and co-writing four films for the comedian: The Jerk in 1979, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983, and All of Me in 1984. Reiner also appeared in both The Jerk and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
In 1989, he directed Bert Rigby, You're a Fool. In 1990, he narrated the Grimm children's story "The Musicians of Bremen" (music by Bernard Rogers) for a CD of classical music for children. In 2000, Reiner was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. A year later, he portrayed Saul Bloom in Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen. From 2004 to 2005, Reiner voiced Sarmoti in Father of the Pride.
Reiner is the author of several books, including his 2004 memoir My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir and novels, such as his 2006 novel NNNNN: A Novel. In American Film, he expressed his philosophy on writing comedy: "You have to imagine yourself as not somebody very special but somebody very ordinary. If you imagine yourself as somebody really normal and if it makes you laugh, it's going to make everybody laugh. If you think of yourself as something very special, you'll end up a pedant and a bore. If you start thinking about what's funny, you won't be funny, actually. It's like walking. How do you walk? If you start thinking about it, you'll trip."
In May 2009, he guest-starred as a clinic patient on the season finale of House. Reiner also voiced Santa Claus in Merry Madagascar and reprised his role in the Penguins of Madagascar episode "The All Nighter Before Christmas." In December 2009, Reiner guest-starred as a television producer on Two and a Half Men.
In June 2010, Reiner guest starred in Hot in Cleveland as Elka Ostrovsky's date and reprised the role in July. He also made appearances on The Cleveland Show as Murray and wrote the story for the episode "Your Show of Shows", named after the program that started his career.
In October 2013 and January 2014, Reiner reprised his role on Two and a Half Men.
On December 24, 1943, Reiner married singer Estelle Lebost. The two were married 64 years until her death in 2008. At the time of the marriage, Reiner was 21 and she was 29. Estelle delivered the line "I'll have what she's having" in the deli scene of their son Rob's 1989 film When Harry Met Sally. She died on October 25, 2008, at age 94.
He is the father of Rob Reiner (b. 1947), poet, playwright and author Sylvia Anne (Annie) Reiner (b. 1949), and painter, actor, and director Lucas Reiner (b. 1960). Carl Reiner has six grandchildren, four from Rob and two from Lucas, and five great-grandchildren.
- Enter Laughing (1958)
- 2000 Years With: Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks (with Mel Brooks, 1960)
- All Kinds of Love (1993)
- Continue Laughing (1995)
- How Paul Robeson Saved My Life (and Other Mostly Happy Stories) (1999)
- The 2000 Year-Old Man in the Year 2000: The Book (1999)
- My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir (2003)
- NNNNN: A Novel (2006)
- Tell Me Another Scary Story... But Not Too Scary! (with James Bennett) (2009)
- Just Desserts: A Novellelah (2009)
- Tell Me a Silly Story (with James Bennett) (2010)
- I Remember Me (2012)
- I Just Remembered! (2014)
- The Thrill of It All (1963)
- The Art of Love (1965)
- Enter Laughing (with Joseph Stein, 1967)
- The Comic (with Aaron Ruben, 1968)
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (with Steve Martin and George Gipe, 1982)
- The Man with Two Brains (with Steve Martin and George Gipe, 1983)
- Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
- Your Show of Shows (1950–54)
- Caesar's Hour (1954–1957)
- The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1959–1960)
- The Comedy Spot (1960)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66, also creator)
- The Judy Garland Show (1963)
- The Celebrity Game (1964-1965)
- The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)
- Lotsa Luck (1973) (also creator)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)
- The Cleveland Show (2010–2011)
- Enter Laughing (1967)
- The Comic (1969)
- Where's Poppa? (1970)
- Oh, God! (1977)
- The One and Only (1978)
- The Jerk (1979)
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
- The Man with Two Brains (1983)
- All of Me (1984)
- Summer Rental (1985)
- Summer School (1987)
- Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
- Sibling Rivalry (1990)
- Fatal Instinct (1993)
- That Old Feeling (1997)
- Something Different (1967)
- A Touch of Grace (1973)
- The Gazebo (1959)
- Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
- The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
- Oh, God! (1977)
- The End (1978)
- The Jerk (1979)
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
- The Spirit of '76 (1990)
- Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001)
- Ocean's Twelve (2004)
- Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
- Dumbbells (2014)
- Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) (TV)
- Caesar's Hour (1954–1957) (TV)
- The Sid Caesar Show (1958) (TV)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) (TV)
- The 2000 Year Old Man (1975) (TV)
- Good Heavens (1976) (TV)
- Free Country (1978) (TV)
- Mad About You (1995) (TV)
- The Right To Remain Silent (1996) (TV)
- King of the Hill (1997–2000) (TV)
- The Bernie Mac Show (2002) (TV)
- Ally McBeal (2002) (TV)
- Crossing Jordan (2002) (TV)
- Father of the Pride (2004–2005) (TV)
- Boston Legal (2005) (TV)
- House M.D. (2008) (TV)
- Two and a Half Men (2009–2014) (TV)
- Merry Madagascar (2009) (TV)
- The Penguins of Madagascar (2010) (TV)
- Hot in Cleveland (2010–2014) (TV)
- The Cleveland Show (2010–2011) (TV)
- Parks and Recreation (2012) (TV)
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates (2014) (TV)
- Carl Reiner: An American Film Institute Seminar on His Work, Microfilming Corporation of America, (1977)*
- Faerie Tale Theatre Pinocchio (1984) – Geppetto
- Gerald McBoing Boing and Other Heroes (compact disc) The Musicians of Bremen (1991) - Narrator
- World War Z – Max Brooks (2007)
Primetime Emmy Awards
- 1954: Best Series Supporting Actor for "Your Show of Shows" NBC – Nominee
- 1956: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Caesar's Hour" NBC – Nominee
- 1957: Best Supporting Performance by an Actor for Caesar's Hour NBC – Winner
- 1958: Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series for Caesar's Hour NBC – Winner
- 1962: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
- 1963: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
- 1964: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy or Variety for The Dick Van Dyke Show (Shared with Sam Denoff and Bill Persky)CBS – Winner
- 1965: Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
- 1965: Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment for The Dick Van Dyke Show - Nominee
- 1966: Special Classifications of Individual Achievements for voices in "Linus The Lionhearted" CBS – Nominee
- 1966: Outstanding Comedy Series for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
- 1967: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety for The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris Special (Shared with Mel Brooks, Sam Denoff, Bill Persky, and Mel Tolkin) CBS – Winner
- 1995: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Mad About You: "The Alan Brady Show" NBC – Winner
- 2000: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for Beggers And Choosers - Nominee
- 2004: Outstanding Special Class Program for The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited - Nominee
- Grammy Award nomination, 1960, (2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks)
- Grammy Award (The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000)
- Elected to Emmy Award Hall of Fame
- Elected to Television Hall of Fame in 1999 
- Grammy nomination for best spoken word album, 2001 (Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings from Mark Twain)
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, (2000)
- "Awards Search - Television Academy". 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
- "Carl Reiner - Awards - IMDB". 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
- Carl Reiner Biography (1922–)
- Tom, Tugend (June 15, 2008). "Reiners honored by Israeli film fest". The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- Reiner, Carl (June 3, 2014). Norm Macdonald Live. Interview with Norm Macdonald. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- "Ed McMahon heads for Times Square". 2001-04-25. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
- Lynda Gorov (2013) Funnyman Carl Reiner Moment Magazine
- Susan King, Los Angeles Times, Feb 27, (2001) pg. F.5
- Estelle Reiner dies at 94
- ART REVIEWS; David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, Oct 12, (1995) pg. 4
- Lucas Reiner at the Internet Movie Database
- Carl Reiner grandchildren
- Tracy Reiner family life
- King, Susan (October 21, 2009). "Carl Reiner's big break". LA Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- Waldron, Vince (1994). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. New York: Applause. p. 23. ISBN 1-55783-453-9.
- 'Musicals, Concerts, Children's Shows, and More Highlight Annenberg's 2014-2015 Season', The Beverly Hills Courier, September 12, 2014, p. 10 
- Carl Reiner's Twitter Account
- "Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List".
- Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, (2007).
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- Grammy Winners Grammy Winners Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
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