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Name: Carl Reiner                                                                   
Born: March 20, 1922                                                                 
Carl Reiner (March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer,         
writer and comedian. The son of Irving and Bessie (Mathias) Reiner, he is the       
father of actor-turned-director Rob Reiner (b. 1945), poet, playwright and           
author Sylvia Anne (Annie) Reiner (b. 1947) and painter, actor, director             
Lucas Reiner (b. 1960), and husband of Estelle Lebost Reiner (b. 1914).             
Reiner won nine Emmys during his career.                                             
Born of Jewish descent in the Bronx, New York, Reiner was educated at the School     
of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and served in the United States Army     
during World War II. He later 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; he also worked alongside writers such as Mel Brooks       
and Neil Simon. He also worked on Caesar's Hour with Brooks, Simon, Larry           
Gelbart, and Woody Allen.                                                           
In 1959, Reiner developed a television pilot, "Head of the Family," based on his     
experience on the Caesar shows. However, the network didn't like Reiner in the       
lead role. In 1961, the recast and retitled show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, edited     
by Bud Molin became a hit. In addition to usually writing the show, Reiner           
occasionally appeared as temperamental show host "Alan Brady," who ruthlessly       
browbeats his brother-in-law (played by Richard Deacon). The show ran from 1961     
to 1966. In 1966, he co-starred in the Norman Jewison film The Russians Are         
Coming, The Russians Are Coming.                                                     
Reiner began his directing career on the Van Dyke show. After that show ended       
its run, Reiner's first film feature was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play       
Enter Laughing (1967), which was based on Reiner's book of the same name.           
Balancing writing, directing, producing and acting, Reiner has worked on a range     
of movies and television programs. He had a part in a small-time movie               
Generation alongside Pete Duel and Kim Darby. Probably the best-known film of       
his early directing career was the cult comedy Where's Poppa? (1970), starring       
George Segal and Ruth Gordon.