Paul Reiser Biography

Television Actor, Actor (1957–)
Paul Reiser's career as a comedian began in New York's comedy clubs. He got his first big break starring in Diner in 1982, and later starred in Mad About You.


Paul Reiser found his calling working in New York City's comedy clubs. He got his first big break starring in Barry Levinson's Diner in 1982. He then produced and starred in the comedy series Mad About You opposite Helen Hunt. Reiser went on to write and star in a semi-autobiographical comedy series The Paul Reiser Show. He is also the author of the best-selling books Couplehood and Babyhood.


Actor, writer, comedian, producer. Born March 30, 1957 in New York City. The son of a health-food chain owner, Reiser attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City and the University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated with a degree in piano and composition in 1977.

After graduation, Reiser became a regular on the comedy club circuit, and his big break came when he landed a starring role in Barry Levinson's Diner. He subsequently appeared in various other comedic films before co-creating and co-producing the hit sitcom Mad About You in 1992. Portraying the daily goings-on of a loving and utterly human Manhattan couple (played by Reiser and Helen Hunt), the series ran until 1999 and was honored with a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series. Reiser also co-wrote the Mad About You theme song, Final Frontier.

Previously, Reiser starred in the short-lived series My Two Dads in 1987, as well as wrote, produced and starred in the 1988 HBO special Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim. He is also the author of the best-selling book Couplehood.

Reiser married psychotherapist Paula Ravets in 1988. They have one son, Ezra Samuel Reiser.

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