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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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 on 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.

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser was drawn to Greenwich Village clubs, which featured, among others, George Carlin, Robert Klein and David Steinberg. He subsequently attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in music (piano and composition) and participated in drama classes. During his university years, he was active in student theater productions at the Hinman Little Theater, an on-campus community theater organization located in Hinman College, his dorm community. Reiser later began performing as a comedian at the Improv and Comic Strip during university summer breaks.

Remembered for notable performances in films, such as Diner (1982), Aliens (1986), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Marrying Man (1991), Bye Bye Love (1995) and One Night at McCool's (2001). More recently, he starred in two original movies for Showtime - Strange Relations (2001) opposite Julie Walters, Chazz Palminteri's Women vs. Men (2002), opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti. His first original screenplay also became his next film The Thing About My Folks (2005), also starring Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis and Elizabeth Perkins.

Reiser's development company, "Nuance Productions", has produced 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. Since then, he has maintained a lower profile, working more as an executive producer and writer than as an actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Personal Publicity

Paul Reiser is a seasoned actor, writer and producer. 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. Reiser has now paired up with Steven Soderbergh to star in the Amazon Original Series Red Oaks. Reiser's earlier films include Diner,Bye Bye Love, The Marrying Man, Aliens, One Night at McCool's and Beverly Hills Cop ("I" and "II"). 2005 saw the release of The Thing About My Folks, his first original screenplay, in which he starred alongside Oscar-nominated actor Peter Falk and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis. In 2003 Reiser made his stage debut in Woody Allen's directorial play debut Writer's Block. His successes also include his books Couplehood, which reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as his follow-up bestsellers Babyhood and Familyhood. 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."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amazon Video X-Ray

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 (12)

Parents are Sam and Helen Reiser.
Began his career as a stand-up comedian.
Attended and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City (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).
During his university years, Paul was active in student theater productions at the Hinman Little Theater, an on-campus community theater organization located in Hinman College, his dorm community. This was later renamed the Hinman Production Company.
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 two sons: Erza Samuel Reiser (born 1995) and Leon Reiser (born 2000).
Currently resides with his family in Los Angeles, California.
Is of Romanian Jewish ancestry.

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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