Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your Show of Shows, as Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Saul Bloom in the Ocean's Trilogy, as the voice of Shep in Good Boy!, and the voice of Sarmoti in Father of the Pride. Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career.
Reiner was born on March 20, 1922, in The Bronx, New York City, New York, the son of Bessie (née Mathias) (1880-1965) and Irving Reiner, a watchmaker. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Romania and his mother from Austria. At age 16, his older brother Charlie read in the New York Daily News about a free dramatic workshop being put on by the Works Progress Administration and told him about it. His uncle Harry Mathias was the first entertainer in his family. Carl had been working as a machinist repairing sewing machines. He has credited Charlie with changing his career plans. His older brother Charlie served in the 9th Division's 39th Infantry at 11 major World War II battles and had his ashes buried at Arlington National Cemetery. During World War II, Reiner served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 where he trained as a radio operator but was transferred to serve under Major Maurice Evans in the Army Entertainment Section.
Reiner performed in several Broadway musicals (including Inside U.S.A. and Alive and Kicking) and had the lead role in Call Me Mister. In 1950, he was cast by producer Max Leibman in Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, appearing on air in skits while also working alongside writers, such as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Reiner also worked on Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1957 with Brooks, Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, Mike Stewart, Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin. A third series with Caesar ran on ABC in 1958. During the 1959-1960 television season he contributed as a writer and occasional performer on NBC-TV's Dinah Shore Chevy Show...
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