Paul Reiser Bio - Biography

Name Paul Reiser
Height 5' 10"
Naionality American
Date of Birth 30 March 1957
Place of Birth New York, USA
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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," 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" bestseller 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" with Grammy-winning producer Don Was).

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"), Reiser more recently starred in two original movies for Showtime - "Strange Relations," opposite Julie Walters, and Chazz Palminteri's "Men vs. Women," opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.

His next film project, "The Thing About My Folks" - 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" 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.In the 1990s Paul Reiser became one of a plethora of stand-up comedians given the golden opportunity of creating his own sitcom. "Mad About You," which co-starred Emmy-winning 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 showed early comedy instincts and was drawn to the Greenwich Village clubs that featured such idols as George Carlin, Robert Klein, and David Steinberg. He subsequently majored in music at S.U.N.Y./Binghamton and participated in drama classes, but found his real forte performing in front of audiences at the Improv and Comic Strip clubs. Unexpectedly while accompanying a friend to an audition, Paul got to read for director Barry Levinson and won a coveted role in the classic film Diner (1982) which sparked the careers of future stars Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke as well. Maintaining his status as a comedic actor, he won other film roles as well, including the "Beverly Hills Cops" movies and in Aliens (1986). Typically playing amiable, excitable, neurotic and self-effacing types, it all culminated with his hit TV series in which he had exerted control behind the scenes as co-creator and producer as well as on-camera star. Since this success, Paul has maintained a lower visual profile, involving himself instead with writing and executive producing chores.

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