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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 March 1957New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (3)

As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You (1992), which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book, "Couplehood", which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on "The New York Times" best-seller list, and "Babyhood", his follow-up book, which features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, which also made "The New York Times" best-seller list.

Last year, Paul made his theatrical debut in Woody Allen's "Writer's Block". The evening of one-act comedies marked Mr. Allen's first time out as a director for the stage.

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser went to college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in Music - Piano and Composition. (He co-wrote "The Final Frontier" - the theme song from Mad About You (1992), with Grammy-winning producer Don Was).

Remembered for notable performances in films, such as Diner (1982), Bye Bye Love (1995), The Marrying Man (1991), Aliens (1986), One Night at McCool's (2001) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). More recently, he starred in two original movies for Showtime - Strange Relations (2001) (aka "Strange Relations"), opposite Julie Walters, and Chazz Palminteri's Women vs. Men (2002), opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.

His next film project, The Thing About My Folks (2005)

  • also his first original screenplay - will be released later this


year. Starring along with Reiser is Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis and Elizabeth Perkins.

Reiser's development company, "Nuance Productions", is currently producing several projects for NBC television including, My 11:30 (2004), starring Jeff Goldblum and Donna Murphy - which Reiser co-wrote with Steven Sater. Also in the works - for the Showtime cable network - is a mock-documentary about "The Smothers Brothers" and their battles with television network censorship in the late 1960s.

Mr. Reiser and his family live in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Paul Reiser is one of a handful of stand-up comedians who, in the 1990s, were given the opportunity to create their own sitcoms. Mad About You (1992), which co-starred Emmy-winner Helen Hunt as his wife, was a huge success and enjoyed a very long and very comfortable run, placing Paul squarely on the entertainment map.

Born and raised in New York City, he was drawn to Greenwich Village clubs, which featured, among others, George Carlin, Robert Klein, and David Steinberg. Reiser subsequently attended S.U.N.Y./Binghamton, where he majored in music and participated in drama classes and, later, began performing at the Improv and Comic Strip.

While accompanying a friend to an audition, Paul unexpectedly got to read for director Barry Levinson and won a coveted role in the classic film, Diner (1982), which sparked the careers of Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke, as well. Well-regarded as a comedic actor, Reiser was typically cast as amiable, excitable, neurotic, and self-effacing types; he also won roles in the "Beverly Hills Cops" movies and Aliens (1986).

His career hit a high note with his hit TV series, for which he was not only the star but also the co-creator and producer. Since then, he has maintained a lower profile, working more as a writer and executive producer than an actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

A seasoned actor, writer and producer, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series "Mad About You" which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series "Married."

While developing several television projects which he will write and produce, Reiser stars in the Amazon coming-of-age series "Red Oaks" for producer Steven Soderbergh.

Following his role in Academy Award winning film "Whiplash", and in last year's "Concussion", Reiser has a full slate of films coming up. He will be seen in "The Darkness" with Kevin Bacon, "Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" with Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams, "Miles" with Molly Shannon, and also in John McDonagh's "War on Everyone" with Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena.

Not one to abandon his roots in stand-up, in between projects Reiser tours the country performing to sold out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time."

2005 saw the release of "The Thing About My Folks", Reiser's first original screenplay in which he starred alongside Oscar-winning actors Peter Fall and Olympia Dukakis.

In 2003 Reiser made his stage debut in Woody Allen's directorial play debut Writer's Block.

Reiser's successes also include his books "Couplehood," which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as his follow up bestsellers "Babyhood" and "Familyhood."

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in Music. Reiser co-wrote the theme song from Mad About You with Grammy-winning producer Don Was, and in 2011 released an album of original songs with British singer / songwriter Julia Fordham called Unusual Suspects.

Reiser is also remembered for notable performances in films such as "Diner," "Bye Bye Love," "The Marrying Man," "Aliens," "One Night At Mccool's," and "Beverly Hills Cop" ("I" and "II").

Paul Reiser and his family reside in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Personal Publicity

Spouse (1)

Paula Ravets (21 August 1988 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His goofy laugh
Often plays neurotic characters
High-pitched voice with Brooklyn accent

Trivia (11)

Parents are Sam and Helen Reiser.
Started out doing stand-up comedy.
Attended and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City in 1973.
Received his Bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, where he majored in music (piano and composition).
Paul and his Mad About You (1992) co-star, Helen Hunt, were each given $1,000,000 per episode for the 1999 season.
Named his production company, Nuance Productions, after a speech his character gives in the comedy movie Diner (1982).
Son, Ezra Samuel, born September 1995.
He and his wife, Paula, had a second son: Leon, born in 2000.
Best-known by the public for his role as Carter Burke in James Cameron's science-fiction epic Aliens (1986), as well as his starring roles as Michael Taylor in My Two Dads (1987) and as Paul Buchman in Mad About You (1992).
Recently reunited with Helen Hunt for a Mad About You (1992) reunion. [January 2005]
Has been spending time with his two sons. [January 2005]

Personal Quotes (2)

[on playing the corrupt Carter Burke in Aliens (1986)] I was just following the corporate manifest, but at the premiere my sister punched me in the stomach. I thought, "This doesn't bode well for the public.".
When I hear my kids quote Mel Brooks records, it's as warm to me as if they quote the Torah.

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