Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian. He has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career. Reiner was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Bessie (nee Mathias) and Irving Reiner, who was a watchmaker. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Romania and his mother from Austria. When he was sixteen, 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. He had been working as a machinist fixing sewing machines. He credits Charlie with changing his career plans. Reiner performed in several Broadway musicals, including Inside U.S.A.
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