Mostly Credited As: Carl Reiner Birth Name: Carl Reiner Date Of Birth: March 20, 1922 (Age 91) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Bronx, New York City, New York Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)
Carl's dream of acting came when he was a young boy. Back then he inspired to be a great dramatic actor. But while serving as a radio operator during WWII, he was transferred over to (actor) Maj. Maurice Evans in the Army's traveling Entertainment squad. Having worked in dramatic workshops as a teen, Carl was put in charge of putting on plays for the troops, often with famed trombonist Glenn Miller on the same bill. After the war he continued working in a traveling acting troupe until he got his first job on Broadway along side actors Jack Cassidy and Jack Haley. It was now that he discovered that comedy was his strong suit. Carl began his long stint on TV in 1948 with a show titled "The Fashion Story." He then got his first taste of being on to a live, prime time variety show with "54th Street Revue." But he would soon move on to his first well known series with his pal Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows." Here he would not only get an education in acting, but also in writing along such notables as Mel Brooks, Neil and Danny Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart.
Carl would join forces with a brash Mel Brooks and create the famous comedy album "The 2000 Year Old Man." By now, Carl seemed to have had a full career but it was just the beginning. Along with appearing on a number of game shows as a panelist, guest and host, he would soon break out and create his own sitcom. The working title was called "Head of the House" but was later recast with Dick Van Dyke in the lead role of his self titled series "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Carl would play Rob's boss Alan Brady, and a few of the episodes set during Rob's army days was based on Carl's real life adventures.
He would later write, direct and act in a slew of motion pictures including "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (as an actor), "The Comic," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," and "The Man with Two Brains" (as a screenwriter) and "Where's Poppa?," "Oh God!" and "The Jerk" (as a director).
Carl is the father of Director Lucas Reiner and of Actor, Composer, Director, Producer and Writer Rob Reiner. Carl married Actress and Singer “Estelle Lebost” now known as “Estelle Reiner” on 24 December 1943 and they had had 3 children together and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2003. He is a close friend of Mel Brooks, Garry Marshall, Dom DeLuise and Sid Caesar. A member of the Television Hall of Fame and was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Comedy by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2000. Originally played Rob Petrie in "Head of the Family" pilot episode which later became known as "The Dick Van Dyke Show, a series in which he would play Rob's boss Alan Brady."