HONORING CARL REINER|
At Our Next Luncheon: SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Talk about a man who has done it all: Carl Reiner is that man, and he will receive PPB's coveted Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award at the next celebrity luncheon on September 12 at Sportsmen's Lodge.
President Chuck Street will present the award to this iconic stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and voice artist on a dais filled with Carl Reiner's friends and associates, who promise a mirthful after-lunch program saluting the honoree.
Born in the Bronx borough of New York in 1922, in his teens Carl became a performer in Broadway musicals like "Inside U.S.A.," "Alive and Kicking" and "Call Me Mister," in which he had the lead role. In 1950, he began a memorable run in Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," appearing in skits and learning writing skills from the likes of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.
On "The Steve Allen Show" in 1960, Carl teamed with Brooks as a comedy duo. They developed their famous skits where Carl was the straight man to Brooks' "2000-Year-Old Man" character. The routine eventually expanded into a series of five comedy albums and a 1975 animated TV special.
In 1959, Carl developed a weekly comedy series that became "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which made stars of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Not only did Carl write and direct the shows, but he appeared in many episodes as the series ran from 1961 to 1966.
He then took his acting talents to the big screen, appearing in such movies as "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" and "The Jerk," the latter with Steve Martin for whom Carl wrote and directed four films starring the young comedian.
Carl has also written several books, including his 2004 memoir My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir and 2006's NNNNN: A Novel. He has appeared on dozens of television shows over the years and has voiced various cartoon characters. He is truly a Pioneer Broadcaster!
In December of 1943 when he was 21, Carl married Estelle Lebost. They were married for 64 years until her death in 2008 at the age of 94. Their offspring include well-known son: actor and director Rob Reiner; daughter: poet, playwright and author Sylvia Anne Reiner; and son: painter, actor and director Lucas Reiner.
SCHEDULED ON THE DAIS
Tom Bergeron in a special one-on-one conversation with Carl.
LAST LUNCHEON MAY. 16, 2014
Honoree: Peter Marshall
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters President Chuck Street presented the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to veteran TV host, radio personality, singer and actor Peter Marshall at another entertaining celebrity luncheon May 16 in the Sportsmen’s Lodge Empire Room.
Born Ralph Pierre LeCock in Huntington, West Virginia to a show business family, our honoree changed his name to Peter Marshall (derived from the college in his hometown, Marshall College). While a teenager and following the death of his father, the family moved to New York City. His mother was a costume designer and his older sister, Joanne Dru, was an actress who appeared in several films.
Early in his show business career, Peter earned his living as part of a comedy act with Tommy Noonan, appearing in night clubs, on television variety shows and in films. But it was his friend Morey Amsterdam who recommended him to fill in for Bert Parks, who had emceed the pilot show, as the host of The Hollywood Squares in 1966. He was a hit and the show had a long run on daytime network TV and in syndication, making Peter Marshall as familiar to viewers as the celebrities who appeared on the show.
After The Hollywood Squares left the air in 1981, Peter continued working in game shows and playing character roles on film, stage and TV. One of his memorable post-Squares roles was a cameo in the 1982 film version of the musical “Annie,” playing fictional radio personality “Bert Healy.” His Broadway credits include “Skyscraper,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “The Music Man.”
Peter has also been a real-life radio personality, hosting a popular show on “The Music of Your Life” national radio network in collaboration with PPB’s Past President Chuck Southcott. He is married to his third wife, Laurie Stewart, and has four children and two stepchildren from his previous marriages. His son, Pete LaCock, is a former major league baseball player.
On the Dais: Front Row (L-R): Jack Jones, Jo Anne Worley, Honoree Peter Marshall, PPB Board Chairman Jeanne DeVivier Brown, Back Row (L-R): Howard Storm, Fred Willard, Alex Trebek, Chuck Southcott, PPB President Chuck Street, (David Keeler photo)