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Carl Reiner

  • American actor
  • Born March 20, 1922

Carl Reiner (Yiddish: שאַרל רעינער‎; born March 20, 1922) is an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spans seven decades. During the early years of television comedy from 1950 to 1957, he co-wrote and acted on Caesar's Hour and Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar. In the 1960s, Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also had great success as a film director and writer and in the 1970s and 1980s co-wrote and directed some of Steve Martin's most successful films, including 1979's The Jerk.


If you can get a laugh out of a name, you're ahead of the game.




It's like a bird. If he knew what he was doing, he would fall.




I think that comedy really tells you how it is. The other thing about comedy is that - you don't even know if you're failing in drama, but you do know when you're failing in comedy. When you go to a comedy and you don't hear anybody laughing, you know that you've failed.




A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.




A fellow who has a funny bone can learn to hone his skills, but I don't think you can develop a funny bone - you either have it or you don't. And by the way - when you get it, we don't know it.




Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them, but they riff.




The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh.




Everybody wants to laugh - you know that. They need to laugh... people need to laugh.




I'm a charming coward; I fight with words.



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