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Carl Reiner

Highest Rated:   100% The Bronx, USA (2019)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Art of Love (1965)
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Birthplace:   The Bronx, New York, USA
Carl Reiner knew he wanted to be an actor -- preferably a Shakespearean actor -- from the time he was wearing knee pants. Trained in New York's Works Progress Administration Dramatic Workshop, he spent the war years touring with Maurice Evans' G.I. Hamlet, appearing with another young hopeful, Howard Morris. After the war he accumulated scores of stock company and Broadway credits, then in 1948 made his television debut in the short-lived series Fashion Story. While starring in NBC's 54th Street Revue, he was hired as one of the regulars on Your Show of Shows, appearing on a weekly basis with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and old pal Howie Morris. During the scripting sessions for Show of Shows, Reiner became friends with a bombastic staff writer named Mel Brooks, with whom he improvised a number of wild stream-of-consciousness comedy bits which would eventually crystallize as the classic "2000 Year Old Man" routines. An Emmy winner for his work on the various Sid Caesar programs, he entered films as a character actor in 1959. That same year, he wrote, produced, and starred in the pilot episode for a proposed series about a comedy writer named Rob Petrie, titled Head of the Family. The network executives liked the concept, but vetoed Reiner as the star; swallowing his pride, he retooled the property with another leading man, and that's how the Emmy-winning Dick Van Dyke Show was born. During the series' five-year run, Reiner made innumerable cameo appearances on the program, most memorably as Rob Petrie's mercurial TV-comedian boss Alan Brady. In 1967 he made his film directorial debut with Enter Laughing, an adaptation of his own semi-autobiographical 1958 novel (the book had already been transformed into a Broadway play with Alan Arkin as star). Reiner's later directing assignments included The Comic (1967), a bittersweet farce based on the lives of Stan Laurel, Harry Langdon, and Buster Keaton; the black comedy cult favorite Where's Poppa? (1970); the whimsical fantasy Oh, God (1977); and a popular series of Steve Martin vehicles, among them The Jerk (1978) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). His film output decreased in number and quality in the l980s and 1990s, though critics enjoyed his offbeat 1989 working-class comedy Bert Rigby, You're a Fool and his 1997 Bette Midler starrer That Old Feeling. In 1995, he earned yet another Emmy award for his revival of the Alan Brady character on a memorable episode of TV's Mad About You. And though Reiner appeared to retire from directing following That Old Feeling, he still maintained a notable presence in film and television with roles in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven and it's two sequels, House M.D., Hot in Cleveland, and Parks and Rec.Carl Reiner is the father of directors Rob Reiner and Lucas Reiner; his wife Estelle has enjoyed a latter-day career as a night club singer and as a cameo performer in her son Rob's films (she's the lady who says, "I'll have what she's having!" in When Harry Met Sally).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% The Bronx, USA
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Duck Duck Goose
  • Actor
2018
89% Wait for Your Laugh
  • Actor
2017
100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
  • Actor
2017
14% Dumbbells
  • Donald
2014
No Score Yet Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar
  • Actor
2013
100% Lunch
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Merry Madagascar
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Blue Elephant
  • Tian
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Saul Bloom/Kensington Chubb
$78.9M 2007
55% Ocean's Twelve
  • Saul Bloom
$125.5M 2004
No Score Yet Remarks on Marx: A Night at the Opera
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!
  • Actor
2004
44% Good Boy!
  • Shep
$37.6M 2003
42% The Majestic
  • Studio Executive
2001
82% Ocean's Eleven
  • Saul
$183.4M 2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • P.G. Biggershot
$0.5M 2000
80% Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Mickey
1998
43% That Old Feeling
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet The Right To Remain Silent
  • Actor
1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Sheldon Flender
1994
18% Fatal Instinct
  • Judge Ben Arugula
  • Director
1993
22% Sibling Rivalry
  • Director
1990
80% The Spirit of '76
  • Dr. Von Mobil
1990
40% Bert Rigby, You're a Fool
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
64% In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)
  • Narrator
1987
63% Summer School
  • Director
  • Mr. Dearadorian
  • Screenwriter
1987
17% Summer Rental
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
88% All of Me
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
76% The Man with Two Brains
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
79% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Field Marshall VonKluck
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Skokie
  • Abbot Rosen
1981
81% The Jerk
  • Himself
  • Director
1979
60% The End
  • Dr. Maneet
1978
No Score Yet The One and Only
  • Director
1978
72% Oh, God!
  • Director
  • Interview Guest
1977
No Score Yet 2000 Year Old Man
  • Carl Reiner
1975
90% Where's Poppa?
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Generation
  • Stan Herman
1969
60% The Comic
  • Producer
  • Al Schilling
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
44% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Technical Advisor
1967
58% Enter Laughing
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1967
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Walt Whittaker
1966
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
  • Bald Bookstore Customer (uncredited)
1966
No Score Yet Alice of Wonderland in Paris
  • Actor
1966
0% The Art of Love
  • Rodin
1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Tower Control
1963
88% The Thrill of It All
  • Screenwriter
  • German Officer
1963
No Score Yet Gidget Goes Hawaiian
  • Russ Lawrence
1961
No Score Yet The Gazebo
  • Harlow Edison
1959
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Forky Asks a Question
2019
  • Carl Reineroceros
  • 2019
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Young & Hungry
2014-2018
  • Bernie
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
91% Bob's Burgers
2011
  • Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Max
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Marty Pepper Marty
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2019
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
90% House
2004-2012
  • Eugene Schwartz
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Guest
  • Milton Bombay
  • 2005
30% Father of the Pride
2004
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
  • Neighbor Himself
  • 2004
  • 2002
75% Life with Bonnie
2002-2004
  • Mr. Portinbody
  • 2003
  • 2002
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Reverend Johnson Buck
  • 2002
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
  • Harry Macy
  • 2002
No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
  • Al Lipton Al
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
  • Voice
  • 2000
  • 1997
62% Beggars and Choosers
1999-2001
  • Actor
  • 1999
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Himself
  • 1997
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • Alan Brady
  • 1995
  • 1994
93% Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Roger
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
  • Guest
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • Alan Brady Yale Willie Cooke "Big Bad" Brady Serge
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
96% Angie Tribeca
2016-2018
  • Actor
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Your Show of Shows
1954
  • Performer

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