Carl Gottlieb

Carl Gottlieb

Highest Rated: 98% Jaws (1975)

Lowest Rated: 11% Jaws III (1983)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1938

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

As a writer, director, and comic actor, Carl Gottlieb has enjoyed success in a wide range of roles, most notably for his writing on such classic films as "Jaws" and "The Jerk." He studied drama at Syracuse University before heading to San Francisco and entering the comedy fray with improv troupe the Committee. After a couple of minor TV appearances, he began writing for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1968, earning an Emmy for his contribution. He played a supporting part in the renowned Robert Altman war comedy "M*A*S*H," before joining the cast of the game-changing blockbuster "Jaws," initially called upon just to play the newspaper editor but subsequently tapped by Spielberg to rewrite the script in order to bring more depth and humor to the characters. After the troubled production process of that film, Gottlieb wrote a book detailing the experience, "The Jaws Log." Amidst other acting and writing projects, he joined forces with Steve Martin, sharing writing duties on "The Jerk," in which Gottlieb also played the part of the unforgettably named Iron Balls McGinty. Gottlieb's subsequent work, such as writing for the first two "Jaws" sequels, would be less noteworthy, though "Amazon Women on the Moon"--a sketch-driven send-up of '50s science fiction films for which Gottlieb directed several segments--achieved a cult following.

Highest rated movies

Up the Sandbox



63% 57% Amazon Women on the Moon Director $388.2K 1987
11% 17% Jaws III Screenwriter - 1983
32% 54% Caveman Director,
- 1981
83% 84% The Jerk Screenwriter - 1979
61% 38% Jaws 2 Screenwriter - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deadly Triangle Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 35% Cannonball Terry McMillan (Character) - 1976
98% 90% Jaws Ben Meadows (Character),
$260.9M 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Club Jorge Gamos (Character) - 1975
60% 48% Up the Sandbox Vinnie (Character) - 1972


90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 100% Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Writer 1974
No Score Yet 100% The Bob Newhart Show Mr. Kuberski (Guest Star),
1972 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Together Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968