Carl Gottlieb came to Hollywood from San Francisco, as an improvisational actor with the famed satirical revue THE COMMITTEE. He co-wrote and acted in JAWS, for Universal Studios, and additional screen writing credits include THE JERK, with Steve Martin, JAWS 2, WHICH WAY IS UP (starring Richard Pryor), JAWS 3D, and DR. DETROIT with Dan Aykroyd. He co-wrote and directed CAVEMAN, starring Dennis Quaid and Ringo Starr, for United Artists, and he’s been an executive producer, director, and show runner of some short-lived series while under contract to Universal. He directed a Steve Martin short film, THE ABSENT-MINDED WAITER, nominated for an Academy Award.
As an author, he's appeared on the NY Times and other national best-seller lists. His book, The Jaws Log, remains the most popular book about the making of a motion picture ever written, and is now available in hardcover, for the first time, in a 30th Anniversary collector’s edition. Gottlieb also wrote Long Time Gone, The Autobiography of David Crosby (with Crosby), also on the NY Times list.
His current projects are SEX, DRUGS, & MOZART, an original in active development at Maverick Films, and WOLF AND BLOOD, at Sony Pictures.
Gottlieb is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and is active in writers’ issues; he’s been serving on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west continuously since 1983, was vice-president of the WGA from 1991 through 1995, and is currently Vice President, as well as Chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds. He also works as an Expert Witness, consulting and testifying in cases involving writers’ issues in state and federal jurisdictions, and has lobbied and testified in both state and national legislatures, and at the White House.
Gottlieb’s been on the faculty of the Film Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, the American Film Institute, the University of Miami's School of Communications and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema & Television. He has taught and lectured at various seminars and conferences here and abroad, and served on the Board of the Franco-American Cultural Fund from 1998 to the present.
Gottlieb also writes and directs television episodic comedy series, most recently working as a Consulting Producer on the mini-series THE LOT for American Movie Classics. He also directed 100 DEEDS FOR EDDIE McDOWD for Nickelodeon, and HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS, THE SERIES, for Disney Television.
TV nostalgia buffs can find him in a much younger incarnation, making brief appearances in LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY, MORK AND MINDY, BARETTA, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW, CHICO AND THE MAN, I SPY, and other television movies, series episodes, and specials with the Everly Brothers, Chevy Chase, and other icons of the seventies. Gottlieb made his film acting debut in M*A*S*H*, directed by Robert Altman. He has also appeared briefly in films directed by Richard Lester (PETULIA), Steven Spielberg (JAWS and two television films, SOMETHING EVIL and SAVAGE REPORT), Paul Bartel (CANNONBALL), Irvin Kershner (UP THE SANDBOX) Amy Heckerling (CLUELESS and JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY), and John Landis (INTO THE NIGHT). He has been cut out of films by Michelangelo Antonioni (ZABRISKIE POINT), and John Huston (PRIZZI'S HONOR).
Before JAWS he worked on THE ODD COUPLE, ALL IN THE FAMILY, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, and FLIP WILSON's comedy specials. He won an Emmy for writing THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR for the CBS network. Carl Gottlieb co-starred in the filmed version of THE COMMITTEE's satirical improvisational revue, A SESSION WITH THE COMMITTEE.
His other acting and performing credits can be found on IMDB.COM.