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Carl Reiner
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Reiner at a ceremony for Jon Cryer on September 19, 2011
Birth name Carlton Reiner
Born March 20, 1922 (1922-03-20) (age 97)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse Estelle Reiner (1943–2008; her death)
Children Rob Reiner
Lucas Reiner (sons)
Annie Reiner (daughter)
Parent(s) Irving Reiner (father)
Bessie Reiner (mother)

Carlton "Carl" Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian. He has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career.

Early life

Reiner was born Carlton Reiner in the Bronx, New York on March 20, 1922, the son of Irving, who was a watchmaker, and Bessie (née Mathias) Reiner. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Romania and his mother from Austria.

Personal life

On December 24, 1943, Reiner married singer Estelle Lebost. The two were married 64 years until her death in 2008. At the time of the marriage, Reiner was 21 and she was 29. Estelle delivered the line "I'll have what she's having" in the deli scene of their son Rob's 1989 film When Harry Met Sally. She died on October 25, 2008, at age 94.

He is the father of Rob Reiner (b. 1947), poet, playwright, and author Sylvia Anne (Annie) Reiner (b. 1949), and painter, actor, and director Lucas Reiner (b. 1960). Reiner has six grandchildren (four from Rob and two from Lucas) and five great-grandchildren.

Reiner has described himself as a Jewish atheist. He has said, "I have a very different take on who God is. Man invented God because he needed him. God is us." He also told Moment journalist Lynda Gorov that he developed atheism as the Holocaust progressed.

Reiner is a lifelong Democrat. He endorsed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party nomination during the 2016 United States presidential election.

Currently, Reiner resides in Beverly Hills, California. At 97, he is one of the oldest celebrities active on Twitter.

  • Enter Laughing (1958)
  • 2000 Years With: Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks (with Mel Brooks, 1960)
  • All Kinds of Love (1993)
  • Continue Laughing (1995)
  • How Paul Robeson Saved My Life (and Other Mostly Happy Stories) (1999)
  • The 2000 Year-Old Man in the Year 2000: The Book (1999)
  • My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir (2003)
  • NNNNN: A Novel (2006)
  • Tell Me Another Scary Story... But Not Too Scary! (with James Bennett) (2009)
  • Just Desserts: A Novellelah (2009)
  • Tell Me a Silly Story (with James Bennett) (2010)
  • I Remember Me (2012)

As screenwriter

  • The Thrill of It All (1963)
  • The Art of Love (1965)
  • Enter Laughing (with Joseph Stein, 1967)
  • The Comic (with Aaron Ruben, 1968)
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (with Steve Martin and George Gipe, 1982)
  • The Man with Two Brains (with Steve Martin and George Gipe, 1983)
  • Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)

As director

  • Enter Laughing (1967)
  • The Comic (1969)
  • Where's Poppa? (1970)
  • Oh, God! (1977)
  • The One and Only (1978)
  • The Jerk (1979)
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
  • The Man with Two Brains (1983)
  • All of Me (1984)
  • Summer Rental (1985)
  • Summer School (1987)
  • Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
  • Sibling Rivalry (1990)
  • Fatal Instinct (1993)
  • That Old Feeling (1997)

Plays

  • Something Different (1967)

Television

  • Your Show of Shows (1950–54)
  • Caesar's Hour (1954–1957)
  • Sid Caesar Invites You (1958)
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1959–1960)
  • The Comedy Spot (1960)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66, also Creator)
  • The Judy Garland Show (1963)
  • The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special (1967)
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)
  • Lotsa Luck (1973) (also Creator)
  • The Alan Brady Show (2003)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)
  • Hot in Cleveland (2010–present)
  • Parks and Recreation (2012)

Awards and honors

Carl Reiner star HWF
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6421 Hollywood Blvd

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • 1954: Best Series Supporting Actor for "Your Show of Shows" NBC – Nominee
  • 1956: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Caesar's Hour" NBC – Nominee
  • 1957: Best Supporting Performance by an Actor for Caesar's Hour NBC – Winner
  • 1958: Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series for Caesar's Hour NBC – Winner
  • 1962: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
  • 1963: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
  • 1964: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy or Variety for The Dick Van Dyke Show (Shared with Sam Denoff and Bill Persky)CBS – Winner
  • 1965: Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
  • 1966: Special Classifications of Individual Achievements for voices in "Linus The Lionhearted" CBS – Nominee
  • 1966: Outstanding Comedy Series for The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS – Winner
  • 1967: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety for The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris Special (Shared with Mel Brooks, Sam Denoff, Bill Persky and Mel Tolkin) CBS – Winner
  • 1995: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Mad About You: "The Alan Brady Show" NBC – Winner

Others

  • Grammy Award nomination, 1960, (2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks)
  • Grammy Award (The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000)
  • Elected to Emmy Award Hall of Fame
  • Grammy nomination for best spoken word album, 2001 (Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings from Mark Twain)

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