CARL GOTTLIEB has acted in a major role in a classic film (the original M.A.S.H.), directed a Beatle (Ringo Starr in the comedy movie CAVEMAN), worked with Steven Spielberg wrestling with a shark (as co-writer of the screenplay for JAWS), worked to make Steve Martin successful as THE JERK (co-created the story and script with Martin for his film debut), wrote two bestselling books with iconic musician David Crosby, (one of only a few musicians to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with two different bands), scribed the best book ever about making a movie on location (THE JAWS LOG) and wrote, with Richard Pryor, what The New York Times described as one of the controversial comedian’s best screen work (WHICH WAY IS UP).
He wrote the screenplay and acted in JAWS, for Universal Studios, and his additional screen writing credits include JAWS 2, JAWS 3D, and DR. DETROIT with Dan Aykroyd. He cowrote and directed CAVEMAN, a feature for United Artists, and has been an executive producer, director, and show runner of a few short-lived series while under contract to Universal. He directed a Steve Martin short film, THE ABSENT-MINDED WAITER, nominated for an Academy Award.
Gottlieb came to Hollywood with famed satirical improvisational revue THE COMMITTEE. He’s most recently been Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West, and co-author with Toni Attell of his fourth book, entitled Little Blue Book For Filmmakers: A Primer For Directors, Writers, Actors And Producers.
He won an Independent Spirit Award in 2007 for a mini-short for which coauthored the script, and has been nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for the JAWS screenplay. He’s won an Emmy for his writing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for CBS, a Clio for his work in commercials as a voice-over actor, and in 2010, the Writers Guild honored him with the Morgan Cox Award, in recognition of his decades of service to the WGA and to the community of writers.
As an author, Gottlieb has appeared on the NY Times and other national best-seller lists. The Jaws Log is the most popular book about the making of a motion picture ever written (HarperCollins & Newmarket Press) and The Little Blue Book for Filmmakers: A Primer for Directors, Writers, Actors, and Producers (Hal Leonard-Applause Press, 2012) is fast becoming the standard reference work for people entering the profession. The social and cultural history of rock and roll is covered in Long Time Gone, The Autobiography of David Crosby (Doubleday, 1988), and its sequel, Since Then, How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About It (Charles Scribners Sons, 2006), both with David Crosby.
Gottlieb has taught screenwriting at the Film Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York, the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, the University of Miami’s School of Communications, and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema & Television. He’s taught and lectured at international seminars and conferences, including Equinox, in France, and he was a founding director of the Franco-American Cultural Fund (“City of Lights,
City Of Angels” Film Festival in Los Angeles, the second largest French film festival in the world). He’s a voting member of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has served as an elected officer and member of the Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors from 1983 until his term limits in 2015.
At present, Gottlieb is working on an original screenplay titled PLEASE DO NOT RETURN, for Producer Elliot Abbott, and two other original screenplays, PRIVATEERS, a seagoing adventure about modern piracy in the Indian Ocean, and THE STOWAWAYS, with Allison Caine, a musical love story set in Australian vaudeville during the First World War. His other projects include SEX, DRUGS, & MOZART, an original that was in active development at Maverick Films, and WOLF AND BLOOD, at Sony Pictures. In August, 2011 he completed a screenplay, PROJECT ALPHA, an independently funded techno-thriller about the Antichrist and the End Days, and co-wrote THE JACKPOT with Carol Schlanger, a comedy about three very dissimilar women who win the Powerball, lose the ticket, and recover it against all odds.