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Carl Reiner (1922-)


Actor, director, producer, and writer. Actor in films, including (as Bud) Happy Anniversary, United Artists, 1959; (as Harlow Edison) The Gazebo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960; (as Russ Lawrence) Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Columbia, 1961; (as German officer, cad, and cowboy) The Thrill of It All, 1963; (as Tower Control Rancho Conejo) It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, 1963; John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, 1965; (as Rodin) The Art of Love, 1965; (as Walt Whittaker) The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, United Artists, 1966; Star Spangled Salesman, 1966; (as bookshop customer) Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title, 1966; (as voice) Alice in Wonderland in Paris, 1966; (as technical adviser) A Guide for the Married Man, 1967; (as Stan Herman) Generation (also known as A Time for Caring and A Time for Giving), 1969; (as Al Schilling) The Comic (also known as Billy Bright), Columbia, 1969; Ten from Your Show of Shows, 1973; (as Dinah Shore's guest) Oh, God!, Warner Bros., 1977; (as Dr. Maneet) The End, United Artists, 1978; (as Carl Reiner, the celebrity) The Jerk, Universal, 1979; (as Field Marshal Von Kluck) Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (also known as Dead Men Wear No Plaid), Universal, 1982; (as Mr. Dearadorian) Summer School, 1987; (as host) Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-up Confidential, 1987; (uncredited; as newsreel editor) In the Mood (also known as The Woo Woo Kid), 1987; (as Dr. Von Mobil) The Spirit of '76, 1990; (as Judge Ben Arugula) Fatal Instinct, 1993; (as Mickey) Slums of Beverly Hills, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998; (as P. G. Biggershot) The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Universal, 2000; (as Saul Bloom) Ocean's Eleven, Warner Bros., 2001; (as studio executive) The Majestic, Warner Bros., 2001; (as voice of Shep) Good Boy!, 2003; Sid Caesar Collection (series of videos), 2000-2003; and (as Saul Bloom) Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros., 2004.

Director of films, including (and producer) Enter Laughing, Columbia, 1967; (with others, and producer, with others) The Comic (also known as Billy Bright), Columbia, 1969; Where's Poppa? (also known as Going Ape), United Artists, 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; and That Old Feeling, 1997.

Actor in television series, including The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue, 1949-50; Your Show of Shows, National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1950-54; (as George Hansen) Caesar's Hour, NBC, 1954-57; Sid Caesar Invites You, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC), 1958; (as host) Keep Talking, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 1958-59; (as panelist) Take a Good Look, 1960-61; (as Alan Lester Brady) The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961-66; The Art Linkletter Show, 1963; The Dinah Shore Show, NBC, 1963; (as host) The Celebrity Game, 1964; (as voice of Sascha Grouse, Dinny Kangaroo, and Rory Raccoon) Linus the Lionhearted, 1964-69; (as Mr. Angel) Good Heavens, ABC, 1976; (as host) Sunday Best, NBC, 1991; and (as voice of Sarmoti) Father of the Pride, 2004.

Appeared in television specials, including 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; (as commentator) The Two Thousand Year Old Man, 1975; Van Dyke and Company, 1975; (as host) Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown, 1976; Mitzi … Roarin' in the Twenties, 1976; (as 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; (as host) Those Wonderful TV Game Shows, 1984; The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly, 1985; Comic Relief, 1986; NBC's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration, 1986; A Carol Burnett Special: Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin, ABC, 1987; This Is Your Life, NBC, 1987; (as Mel Fellini) Mickey's Sixtieth Birthday Special, The Disney Channel, 1988; (as host) Fifty Years of Television: A Golden Celebration, CBS, 1989; Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs, Public Broadcasting System (PBS), 1989; The World of Jewish Humor, PBS, 1990; George Burns' Ninety-Fifth Birthday Party, NBC, 1991; Comic Relief, Home Box Office (HBO), 1992; Roseanne and Tom: Getting Away with It, HBO, 1992; Street Scenes: New York on Film, American Movie Classics (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 (A&E), 1994; Carl Reiner: Still Laughing, A&E, 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 One Hundred Years, One Hundred Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000; The College of Comedy with Alan King, Part II, PBS, 2000; and Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face, A&E, 2000.

Guest star on television series, including (as panelist) The Name's the Same, 1953; (as panelist) Droodles, 1954; (in various cameos) The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961-66; The Andy Williams Show, 1966; (as Professor Peabody) "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture," Night Gallery, 1971; (as 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; (as guest caller Roger) "Selling Out," Frasier, NBC, 1993; (as Alan Brady) "The Alan Brady Show," Mad about You, NBC, 1995; (as voice of salacious priest) "Noir Gang," Duckman, 1996; (as narrator) Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996; (as himself) "The Roast," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997; (as voice of Gary Kasner) "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997; (as voice of Prometheus) "Prometheus Affair," Hercules (also known as Disney's Hercules), ABC, 1998; (as Sid Barry) "Always Leave 'em Laughing," Beggars and Choosers, 1999; (as Al Lipton) "Decisions," Family Law, CBS, 1999; "Growing Up in Hollywood," Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Network, 1999; (as Al Lipton) "A Mother's Son," Family Law, CBS, 2000; "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Inside TV Land, TV Land, 2000; (as voice) King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2000; also appeared in The Carol Burnett Show and The Fashion Story.

Appeared at televised awards presentations, including The Thirtieth Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978; The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1986; The First Annual American Comedy Awards, 1987; The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1987; (as host) The Fourteenth Annual People's Choice Awards, 1988; The Forty-First Annual Emmy Awards, 1989; The Sixteenth Annual People's Choice Awards, 1990; The Fourth Annual American Comedy Awards, 1990; The Fifth Annual American Comedy Awards, 1991; (as presenter) The Forty-Seventh Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1995; The Twenty-Third Annual People's Choice Awards, 1997; (as presenter) The Forty-Ninth Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1997; and The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1999.

Appeared in television specials, including (as Dr. Reiber) Medical Story, 1975; (as Abbot Rosen) Skokie (also known as Once They Marched through a Thousand Towns), 1981; (as Geppetto) Faerie Tale Theatre: Pinocchio, 1983; (as narrator) The Great Standups: Sixty Years of Laughter, 1983; and (as Norman Friedler) The Right to Remain Silent, Showtime, 1996. Also appeared (in archival footage) in the miniseries The Fifties, 1997.

Worked on television series, including (as creator and executive producer) The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961-66; (as producer) Good Morning, World, 1967; (as producer and creative consultant) The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1973; (as producer) Heaven Help Us, 1976; (as executive producer) Good Heavens, 1976. Director of episodes of television series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, between 1961-1966; The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1973; A Touch of Grace, 1973; and Good Heavens, 1976.

Actor in Broadway productions, including Call Me Mister (musical), 1947-48; Inside U.S.A., 1948-49; and Alive and Kicking, 1949. Toured in the stage production 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. Director of stage productions, including The Roast, Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY, 1980; and Something Different, South Street Theatre, New York, 1983.

Appeared on recordings, including Gerald McBoing Boing and Other Heroes, Delos (Hollywood, CA), 1990; The Dybbuk, Dove Audio (Los Angeles, CA), 1999. Reader for books on tape, including Aesop's Fables and Jack and the Beanstalk, Running Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1994; Groucho Marx: And Other Short Stories and Tall Tales, Dove Audio (Los Angeles, CA), 1994; and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, and Letters from Earth by Mark Twain, New Millenium, 2001. Editor and reader of translations (with Eli Wallach) of Yiddish Radio Project, Penguin Audiobooks (New York, NY), 2002. Wartime Service: U.S. Army, 1942-46.

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