Robert Klein

Comedian, Actor, Singer
One of the most influential stand-up comedians to emerge from the 1970s, Robert Klein easily ranked in that decade's pantheon of comedy legends, alongside the likes of such funnymen as George Carlin and Richard Pryor ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1942 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (140)

The Mysteries of Laura 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sharknado 2: The Second One 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Comedy Went To School 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Certifiably Jonathan 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gravity 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Back-Up Plan 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Harris (Actor)

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

History of the Joke 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Seymour Black (Actor)

Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

Jonathan Timpleman (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stones 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

Phillip Warren (Actor)

People I Know 2003 (Movie)

Dr Sandy Napier (Actor)

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

Howard Gold (Actor)

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Patterson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedian 2002 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

I'm With Lucy 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Mort Zalkind (Actor)

Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

Larry Kelson (Actor)

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Robert Klein: Child in His 50s 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Flint the Time Detective 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Swoosie Kurtz 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Taste For Travel 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Labor Pains 1999 (Movie)

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Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suits 1999 (Movie)

Tom Cranston (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Arty Lesser (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Norman Asher (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Follies 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Dr Martin (Actor)

Robert Klein: It All Started Here 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeffrey 1995 (Movie)

Skip Winkley (Actor)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

Mr Lobel (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Father Writer (Actor)

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up/Sit Down Comedy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Bother Voting? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Arts & Entertainment Revue 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Making Sense of the Sixties 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jewish Humor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie 1990 (Movie)

Wyatt (Actor)

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Toast to the Improv 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Curves 1988 (Movie)

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Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Humor and the Presidency 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Klein Time 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Falstaff 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Father's Day 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Klein on Broadway 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Brain Games 1982 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Poison Ivy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

of Butterfly (Voice)

All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfekt 1981 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Robert Klein Show 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Robert Klein Show 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

Roger Deal (Actor)

The Bell Jar 1978 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Klein Time 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rivals 1971 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Comedy Tonight 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

Melvin Lasher (Actor)

A Good Life (TV Show)

Actor

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

A Fiend (Actor)

Goosed (TV Show)

Actor

Man from Hell's River (Movie)

lopente (Actor)

Pajama Tops (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Switch (TV Show)

Actor

The Thirteenth Guest (Movie)

John Barksdale (Actor)

This Wife For Hire (TV Show)

Actor

Your Place or Mine (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most influential stand-up comedians to emerge from the 1970s, Robert Klein easily ranked in that decade's pantheon of comedy legends, alongside the likes of such funnymen as George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Neither bitter nor cynical, Klein made his mark on stand-up comedy with his wry, observational style. Twenty-five years after Klein debuted his hilarious take on his generation's cultural touchstones with the comedy album Child of the Fifties, echoes of Klein could be heard in the routines of many top comics of the day, most notably Jerry Seinfeld. Klein was also a Yale-trained actor who earned acclaim for his work on Broadway in musicals like "They're Playing Our Song," in addition to appearances in such films as "The Bell Jar" (1979) and as a frequent guest on TV sitcoms like "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96). One of the most pioneering and prolific stand-up comics of his generation or any other, Klein enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with the special "The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back" (HBO, 2005) - his eighth for the cable network - and followed it up with a well-received memoir of the same name in 2006. A consistent comedic presence for more than four decades, Klein's significant contributions to comedy could not be overstated.

Relationships

Brenda Boozler

Wife
married in April 1973 divorced

Benjamin Klein

Father

Frieda Klein

Mother

Alexander Klein

Son
mother, Brenda Boozler

EDUCATION

Alfred University

Alfred , New York
entered as a pre-med student, but later changed major; joined the college's acting company and graduated in 1962

Alfred University

Alfred , New York
entered as a pre-med student, but later changed major; joined the college's acting company and graduated in 1962

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
studied drama

DeWitt Clinton High School

Bronx , New York

Milestones

2007

Cast in "Ira and Abby" a comedy feature co-starring, written and produced by Jennifer Westfeldt

2007

Appeared opposite Adam Sandler in the Mike Binder directed "Reign Over Me"

2003

Played Matthew McConaughey’s boss in the comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

2001

Co-starred with Glen Close in the indie feature, "Safety of Objects"

1998

Co-starred with John Travolta and Emma Thompson in the Mike Nichols directed "Primary Colors"

1994

Cast as Mr. Lobel, the neighborhood dogwalker in the ensemble film, "Mixed Nuts"

1993

Starred in Wendy Wasserstein’s "The Sisters Rosensweig" with Madeline Kahn and Jane Alexander

1993

Had a recurring role on NBC’s "Sisters" as ‘Big Al’ Barker, a love interest for Swoosie Kurtz’s character

1992

Hosted "E! Stand-Up Sit-Down Comedy," on E! Entertainment Television

1991

Hosted the highly acclaimed "Arts and Entertainment Review" (A&E)

1986

Hosted "Robert Klein Time" (USA), a weekly talk/variety/comedy show

1984

Starred in the HBO teleplays, "Table Settings" and the classic French Farce "Pajama Tops"

1984

Appeared in weekly segments for NBC’s "Bloopers and Practical Jokes" exploring the streets of New York

1982

Performed "Robert Klein at Yale" on HBO

1979

Appeared opposite Julie Harris in an adaptation of Plath's autobiographical novel, "The Bell Jar"

1979

Earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in "They're Playing Our Song"

1975

First comedian to appear in a live concert on the precedent setting Home Box Office (HBO) "On Location" series

1973

Released first album, "Child of the Fifties"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album of the Year

1973

Performed first sold-out concert, "The First Annual Robert Klein Reunion," at Carnegie Hall

1969

Hosted "Comedy Tonight," the CBS summer replacement for Glen Campbell’s show

1969

Played George Segal's swinging roommate in "The Owl and the Pussycat," also starring Barbra Streisand

1968

Cast in the Broadway shows, "Morning, Noon and Night" and "New Faces of 1968"

1966

Broadway musical debut, "Apple Tree"

1965

Became a member of the famous Chicago "Second City" troupe

Returned to New York as a seasoned member of "Second City" where he was discovered by producer Mike Nichols

Bonus Trivia

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www.robertklein.com/kleinbio.html

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