Carl Reiner
A star of American comedy, Carl Reiner was born in 1922 in The Bronx. After attending a drama workshop at the age of 16, he knew he wanted to be in show business. He is well known for acting, directing, producing, as well as being a recording artist. Mr. Reiner has won eight Emmy Awards (for acting, writing, and producing) and a Grammy Award.

In 1948 he made his TV debut in the series “The Fashion Story”, but the show didn’t last long. His first regular series was “The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue” in 1949. Mr. Reiner’s Broadway debut was the same year in the musical “Inside U.S.A.” that ran for 399 performances. His formal writing career began with “Caesar’s Hour”, at the same time he was working on a semi-autobiographical novel “Enter Laughing” which was published in 1958 and later turned into a movie in 1967.

In 1960, Mr. Reiner worked with Mel Brooks on “The Steve Allen Plymouth Show”, where their routine of “The 2000 Year Old Man” became a huge success and won them a Grammy Award. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was a major success for which he won five Emmys (three for writing and two for producing).

Inaugural Event

On May 10, the New Rheem Theatre officially became the Classic Film Hall of Fame, marked by a weekend-long celebration including many film screenings and well-attended Q-AND-A sessions with inductees Cloris Leachman and Mickey Rooney and the daughters of Lou Costello and Boris Karloff.

Although the first Classic Film Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday night was sparsely attended -- perhaps proving Mother's Day as the only thing powerful enough to temporarily circumvent Hollywood -- the evening presented compelling moments.

Before radio/TV host and comedian Brian Copeland joined the hand-picked musicians accompanying the celebration to present the awards, the red carpet and meet-and-greet possibilities brought wonder to the face of 12-year old Tommy Diamantidis.

"I've been a fan for as long as I can remember," the seventh-grade Joaquin Moraga student gasped, clutching a poster Rooney had signed. "I'm a horse rider and when he did 'National Velvet,' I fell in love with his movies.