Actor / Writer / Comedian /
Carl Gottlieb (born March 18, 1938) is an American screenwriter, actor, comedian, and executive. He is best known for co-writing the screenplay for Jaws (1975) and its first two sequels, as well as directing the 1981 film Caveman.
Gottlieb was born to a middle class Jewish family in New York City, the son of Elizabeth, a medical administrative assistant, and Sergius M. Gottlieb, an engineer.
After studying drama at Syracuse University, he was drafted into the Army, serving as an entertainment specialist in the Special Services division from 1961 to 1963. Following his discharge, he became a member, later in the 1960s, of the San Francisco improvisational comedy troupe "The Committee". They made one feature film: A Session with the Committee.
John talks to Carl about his incredibly smooth transition into show business, his badass easy rider style motorcycle days, working with and befriending Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, Carl Reiner, Steven Spielberg and of course - JAWS!