34 Facts About Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner was an American actor, stand-up comedian, director, screenwriter, and author whose career spanned seven decades.

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Carl Reiner was the recipient of many awards and honors, including 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Carl Reiner was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Carl Reiner formed a comedy duo with Brooks in "The 2000 Year Old Man" and acted in such films as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and the Ocean's film series .

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Carl Reiner had a successful collaboration with Steve Martin, directing some of his most successful films, including The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, and All of Me .

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Carl Reiner appeared in dozens of television specials from 1967 to 2000, and was a guest star on television series from the 1950s until his death.

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Carl Reiner voiced characters in animated films and television series, including the TV series Father of the Pride, in which he voiced Sarmoti, and was a reader for books on tape.

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Carl Reiner wrote more than two dozen books, mostly in his later years.

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Carl Reiner is the father of actor-director Rob Reiner, author Annie Reiner, and artist Lucas Reiner and the grandfather of Tracy Reiner.

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10.

Carl Reiner's father was a watchmaker from Austria, and his mother was from Romania.

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11.

Carl Reiner had an older brother, Charles, who served in the 9th Division in World War II; his ashes are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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When Carl Reiner was 16, working as a machinist repairing sewing machines, Charles read about a free drama workshop sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and told him about it.

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13.

Carl Reiner later credited Charles with his decision to change careers.

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14.

Carl Reiner did not receive credit for his sketch material, but won Emmy Awards in 1955 and 1956 as a supporting actor.

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15.

Carl Reiner wrote for Caesar's Hour with Brooks, Simon, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, Mike Stewart, Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin.

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Carl Reiner was a solid straight man to Caesar, but with Brooks he is the second-banana supreme.

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17.

In 1966, Carl Reiner co-starred in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

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Carl Reiner's first film directorial effort was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing, which, in turn, was based on his semi-autobiographical 1958 novel of the same name.

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Carl Reiner's follow up film The One and Only was not as successful, receiving a mixed reception from film critics.

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Carl Reiner played a large role in the early career of Steve Martin by directing his first film The Jerk and directing and co-writing the comedian in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, and All of Me .

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Carl Reiner appeared in both The Jerk, playing a version of himself, and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

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22.

Carl Reiner guest starred in several television series from the 1950s until his death in 2020.

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23.

Carl Reiner made appearances in The Cleveland Show as Murray and wrote the story for the episode "Your Show of Shows", named after the program that started his career.

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24.

Carl Reiner reprised his role on Two and a Half Men in seasons 8 and 11 .

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25.

Carl Reiner lent his voice to numerous films and animated films.

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Carl Reiner read for books on tape, among them Aesop's Fables and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, and Letters from the Earth .

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27.

Carl Reiner reported that every night, Brooks headed to his house to eat, watch Jeopardy, and watch movies.

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28.

Carl Reiner published a memoir My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir in 2003.

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29.

Carl Reiner wrote a humorous series of memoirs under the titles I Remember Me, I Just Remembered, and What I Forgot to Remember, along with books about film and art.

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30.

In July 2012, Carl Reiner joined Twitter, tweeting that he was doing so to keep up with his grandson Jake.

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31.

Carl Reiner's favorite topics were movies and Donald Trump, but his final tweet was a reminiscence about Noel Coward performing in Las Vegas.

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32.

Carl Reiner's final interview was a webisode of Dispatches From Quarantine, which was posted on YouTube by the Jewish arts organization Reboot and Temple Beth Am.

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33.

Carl Reiner expressed his philosophy on writing comedy in an interview in the December 1981 issue of American Film:.

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34.

Carl Reiner lost consciousness within a few minutes and died shortly thereafter.

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