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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 20, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, author, machinist's assistant

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An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner's illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous, while boasting collaborations with comic heavyweights like Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Martin. Having received his start on the Broadway stage, Reiner famously began his career with Caesar, which later led to a successful run as the creator and co-star of the legendary television sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). It was on that show that he began his directing career, which produced later comedy classics like "Oh God!" (1977) and "The Jerk" (1979). In fact, his collaboration with Martin led to other comic hits such as "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983) and "All of Me" (1984). Meanwhile, Reiner's son, Rob Reiner, became a noted actor and director in his own right, and often surpassed his father in terms of critical and box office success. Nonetheless, Reiner maintained a steady presence both before and behind the cameras, directing the farcical "Fatal Instinct" (1992) and the romantic comedy "That Old Feeling" (1997), while playing an...

An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner's illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous, while boasting collaborations with comic heavyweights like Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Martin. Having received his start on the Broadway stage, Reiner famously began his career with Caesar, which later led to a successful run as the creator and co-star of the legendary television sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). It was on that show that he began his directing career, which produced later comedy classics like "Oh God!" (1977) and "The Jerk" (1979). In fact, his collaboration with Martin led to other comic hits such as "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983) and "All of Me" (1984). Meanwhile, Reiner's son, Rob Reiner, became a noted actor and director in his own right, and often surpassed his father in terms of critical and box office success. Nonetheless, Reiner maintained a steady presence both before and behind the cameras, directing the farcical "Fatal Instinct" (1992) and the romantic comedy "That Old Feeling" (1997), while playing an elderly con man partnered with a motley crew of criminals in the caper comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), and the sequels "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007). After spending over seven decades in the business, Reiner reigned supreme as one of the greatest comic legends of all time.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  That Old Feeling (1997) Director
2.
  Fatal Instinct (1993) Director
3.
  Sibling Rivalry (1990) Director
4.
5.
  Summer School (1987) Director
6.
  Summer Rental (1985) Director
7.
  All Of Me (1984) Director
8.
9.
10.
  The Jerk (1979) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dumbbells (2014)
2.
 Lunch (2012)
3.
 Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
4.
 Khan Kluay (2006)
5.
 Ocean's Twelve (2004) Saul Bloom
6.
 Good Boy! (2003) Voice Of Shep
7.
 Majestic, The (2001) Voice Of Studio Executive (Cameo Appearance)
8.
 Ocean's Eleven (2001) Saul Bloom
9.
 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The (2000) P G Biggershot
10.
 Slums of Beverly Hills, The (1998) Mickey Abramowitz
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in the Bronx, NY
1942:
Served in the U.S. Army during World War II
1947:
Made Broadway acting debut in "Call Me Mister"
1948:
Appeared on Broadway in "Inside U.S.A."
1948:
Made TV acting debut as series regular on ABC comedy series "The Fashion Story"
1949:
Featured in the Broadway musical "Alive and Kicking"
1949:
Cast in a regular role on the CBS variety show "The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue"
1950:
Joined "Your Show of Shows" (NBC) as a performer and writer; first collaboration with Mel Brooks
1950:
Began performing the straight man to Mel Brooks' '2000 Year Old Man' character for "Your Show of Shows" a live show on NBC
1954:
Was regular on "Caesar's Hour" (NBC); again collaborated with Mel Brooks
1958:
Published first novel, the autobiographical <i>Enter Laughing</i>
1958:
Emceed the TV quiz show "Keep Talking" (CBS)
1959:
Film acting debut, "Happy Anniversary"
1960:
Released comedy album <i>2000 Years with Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks</i>; earned Grammy nomination
1960:
Wrote and starred in the pilot for proposed series "Head of the Family" (CBS); later recast and retitled as "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
1961:
Released a follow-up album <i>2000 and One Years with Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks</i>; again earned a Grammy nomination
1961:
Created, wrote,and produced "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS); also played a recurring role as TV star Alan Brady
1963:
Wrote first screenplay for "The Thrill of It All," starring Doris Day
1963:
Appeared as regular on "The Art Linkletter Show" (NBC)
1963:
Played supporting role in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
1966:
Co-starred in the Norman Jewison film "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming"
1967:
Feature film directing and producing debut, "Enter Laughing"; film based on his novel (also wrote the screenplay)
1970:
Helmed cult comedy "Where's Poppa?" starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon
1976:
Returned to TV as Mr. Angel on short-lived ABC series "Good Heavens"
1977:
Directed "Oh, God!" with George Burns
1979:
First collaboration with Steve Martin, directed him in "The Jerk"
1980:
Made Broadway directing debut with "The Roast"
1982:
Again directed Steve Martin in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"; also co-wrote and co-starred
1984:
Final collaboration with Steve Martin, the comedy "All of Me"
1987:
Directed and played a bit role in the comedy "Summer School"
1990:
Featured in son Lucas Reiner's directorial debut "The Spirit of '76"
1995:
Guest starred in Emmy-winning role as Alan Brady on "Mad About You" (NBC)
1997:
Directed the comedy "That Old Feeling," starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina as a divorced couple
1998:
Cast in supporting role as Alan Arkin's controlling brother Mickey in the comedy "Slums of Beverly Hills"
2001:
Co-starred with Geroge Clooney and Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh's remake of "Oceans Eleven"
2003:
Received Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for work on <i>Tell Me A Scary Story</i>
2004:
Executive produced and starred in CBS special "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited"
2004:
Reprised the role of Saul Bloom for Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Twelve"
2004:
Wrote the memoir <i>My Anecdotal Life</i>
2005:
Guest starred on ABC's "Boston Legal" as Milton Bombay, an old friend of Denny Crane (William Shatner)
2007:
Re-teamed with original cast for "Ocean's Thirteen"
2010:
Cast as Betty White's love interest on "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land)
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Education

Works Progress Administration: New York , New York -
Georgetown University: - 1943

Notes

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1998.

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wife:
Estelle Reiner. Actor. Married December 24, 1943.

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father:
Irving Reiner.
mother:
Bessie Reiner.
brother:
Charles Reiner. Died on February 28, 2001 at age 82; Reiner always credited his brother for his career because his brother told him about an acting class sponsored by the Works Public Administration.
son:
Rob Reiner. Director, actor. Born March 6, 1945.
daughter:
Sylvia Anne Reiner. Psychoanalyst, author. Born c. 1947.
son:
Lucas Reiner. Director, writer, actor. Born c. 1960; directorial debut, "The Spirit of '76" (1990).
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Enter Laughing" Simon & Schuster
"The 2000 Year Old Man" Warner Books
"All Kinds of Love" Birch Lane Press
"Continue Laughing" Birch Lane Press
"The 2,000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000: How to Not Die and Other Good Tips" HarperCollins
"How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Stories" Cliff Street Books
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