Born on March 20, 1922 in Bronx, New York, Carl Reiner is a comedian who has nine Emmy Awards under his belt. The son of a watchwaker, his parents were of primarily Austro-Hungarian heritage. At 16, he trooped to a free dramatic workshop when his brother read about it in the papers. Reiner considers it a huge favor as his brother drastically changed his career path, after fixing sewing machines. He went on to study at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. When World War II broke out, he served in the United States Army.
Reiner has had several Broadway musicals under his belt, such as Inside U.S.A, Alive and Kicking, and Call Me Mister, where he played the lead. In 1950, he was cast in Your Show of Shows while working on Caesar’s Hour with, among others, Woody Allen. As a writer, Reiner started a television pilot for Head of the Family. It was reformatted in 1961 to The Dick Van Dyke Show, and it became a huge hit. Other than writing, Reiner also appeared in sketches, usually as a temperamental show host who brow-beats his brother-in-law. It ran for five years, until 1966, when he was cast in the comedy The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming. Soon, he was directing the Van Dyke show. When it ended, he directed his first film feature, an adaptation of Enter Laughing in 1967. He also directed the cult comedy Where’s Poppa in 1970. From 1979 to 1984, Reiner either directed or co-wrote four films for comedian Steve Martin, namely The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains and All of Me.
Reiner married singer Estelle Lebost who was eight years older than him. the two have been married for more than 60 years. Lebost made the memorable line in Harry Met Sally, “I’ll have what she’s having.”