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Photo of Carl Reiner (Carl Reiner won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 1999)

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner, author-actor-writer-director, and one of television's most creative minds, has influenced nearly every major comedic talent of the past 50 years. Born in the Bronx on March 20, 1922, he was the son of a watchmaker. At Evander Childs High School, his interest was baseball, but at age seventeen he took a job as a machinist helper in the millinery trade. He simultaneously enrolled in a drama class that was sponsored by the Government's Works Project Administration (WPA). He soon found work in a semi-professional, non-paying theatre company.

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