Biography of Carl Reiner
Date of birth: Born 20/3/1922
Place of Birth / Country: USA -
Carl Reiner is an American director and producer born on March 20, 1922 in Bronx, New York. He is the father of actor, writer and director Rob Reiner.
Before turning to film worked as a comedian in various TV shows like Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66).
At sixteen Reiner got a job as an assistant operator in the millinery business. Concurrently enrolled in drama school for eight months and landed a role as second tenor in an updated version of The Merry Widow.
Studied for radio operator in the Air Force during World War II and was assigned to Georgetown University to study French so he could become an interpreter. He later worked as teletype operator in the Signal Corps and later as a comedian and actor with the Special Services Entertainment Unit by Maurice Evans, going on tour in the Pacific for eighteen months shows for the soldiers.
Made his directorial debut with an adaptation of his own autobiographical novel, Enter Laughing (1967), and subsequently made some great comedies such as Where’s Poppa (1970) and Dead Customer Does not Pay (1982). He wrote the screenplays for the films of Norman Jewison The Thrill Of It All (1963) and The Art of Love (1965) and has directed four films Steve Martin: The Jerk (1979), Dead Client Does not Pay (1982), The Man with two Brains (1983) and There’s a Girl in my Body (1984).
In 2000, Reiner received third prize in Mark Twain Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. In 1999 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. That same year, he and Mel Brooks received a Grammy for best spoken word album / comedy for The Two Thousand Year Old Man in the Year 2000, The Album.
Reiner and his wife Estella, are parents of three children: Rob, Annie and Luke.