David Steinberg

Producer, Director, Actor
The multi-talented David Steinberg first gained notoriety with his cutting edge comedy on television programs like "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS/ABC, 1967-1970), only to find a second career later in life as ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Filmography

Director (12)

Annie McGuire 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Daddy Dearest 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Designing Women 1982 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Evening Shade 1986 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Family Man 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

It Had to Be You 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

It's Garry Shandling's Show 1986 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Newhart 1982 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

One Big Family 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Parent 'Hood 1986 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wrong Guy 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (8)

Mad About You 1986 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg 1982 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Something Short of Paradise 1978 (Movie)

Harris Soane (Actor)

The End 1978 (Movie)

Marty Lieberman (Actor)

The Lost Man 1969 (Movie)

Photographer (Actor)

Fearless Frank 1968 (Movie)

The Rat (Actor)
Producer (2)

Extreme Adventures of Super Dave 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

The multi-talented David Steinberg first gained notoriety with his cutting edge comedy on television programs like "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS/ABC, 1967-1970), only to find a second career later in life as a director on series such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-2011). After learning his craft with Chicago's venerated comedy troupe Second City, Steinberg made the move to New York City where he landed roles on Broadway and headlined a successful nightclub act at Manhattan's Bitter End. The young comedian ruffled more than a few feathers with his religion-skewering routine on "The Smothers Brothers," although it led to a fruitful relationship with Johnny Carson, on whose "Tonight Show" (NBC, 1962-1992) he made frequent visits for decades. He headlined his own comedy series, "The David Steinberg Show" (CBS, 1972), and co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the film "Something Short of Paradise" (1979) prior to launching his directorial career with the Burt Reynolds feature "Paternity" (1981). Steinberg found his niche in the 1980s when he began helming episodes of series such as "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990) and "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993), and his stint as the host of "Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg" (TV Land, 2005-07) provided him a forum in which he conversed with television's brightest comedic talents. Years of experience as a comedian, actor, writer and director all served to make Steinberg one of the most respected comedic talents in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera.

Relationships

Ruth Steinberg

Mother

Rebecca Steinberg

Daughter

Sasha Steinberg

Daughter

Tammy Steinberg

Sister

Fishy Steinberg

Sibling

Judy Steinberg

Wife

Yasha Steinberg

Father
migrated to Canada from Romania

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Hebrew Theological College

Skokie , Illinois

Milestones

1994

Returned to performing stand-up live

1993

Became the executive producer of the popular CBS-TV "Designing Women" in January of its last year

1988

Rare performance in a feature, playing Meegosh in Ron Howard's "Willow"

1986

Directed "Casey at the Bat" for Showtime's "Shelly Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends" series

1982

TV directorial debut, an episode of "Newhart" (CBS)

1981

Made directorial debut with the feature "Paternity"

1979

Cited as "obnoxious" by Leonard Maltin for his role in "Something Short of Paradise"

1972

Starred in CBS summer comedy variety series, "The David Steinberg Show"

1969

Appeared on "The Return of the Smothers Brothers" special (NBC)

1968

Writer and host for ABC's "The Music Scene"

1968

First appeared on "The Tonight Show"

1968

Acted on Broadway in "Carry Me Back to Morniside Heights", directed by Sidney Poitier

1967

Feature acting debut in "Fearless Frank" (filmed in Chicago in 1965, was also Jon Voight's first pic)

1967

Broadway debut as Kenny Newquist in Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders"

1966

Made NYC stage debut as member of Second City Troupe in "The Return of the Second City in '20,000 Frozen Grenadiers'"

1966

Began career as actor with replacement role in Off-Broadway's "The Mad Show"

1957

Went to Chicago at age 15 as a Yeshiva student (date approximate)

Grew up in Winnepeg, Canada

Joined Second City Troupe in the early 60s

Wrote and performed for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS); his "sermons" contributed to show's being cancelled

"The David Steinberg Show" in Canada introduced Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Martin Short, Andrea Martin and John Candy, who comprised the unforgettable "SCTV" troupe

Extensive TV credits as executive producer and director throughout 1990s; directed numerous episodes of the popular sitcoms "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You"

THE NEW YORK TIMES critic Dan Sullivan showed up at NYC's Bitter End and declared Steinberg "the most original comedian in years"

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