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Carl Gottlieb is an American screenwriter, actor, comedian and executive. He is known for co-writing the screenplay for Jaws and two of it's follow-up sequels (Jaws 2 and Jaws 3).  


  • Jaws [screenplay, actor-Ben Meadows]
  • Jaws 2 [screenplay] 
  • Jaws 3 [screenplay]

Early Life[]

Carl was born on March, 18, 1938 in New York City, New York, USA. His mother's name is Elizabeth and she is a medical administrative assistant while his father's name is Sergius M. Gottlieb and he is an engineer. He also had an older brother named Michael Gottlieb who was a director; he died on may, 24, 2014 in a motorcycle accident on the Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, California. He was 69 years old. Carl studied drama at syracuse university.

Personal Life[]

He was previously married to actress Allison Caine. They were married on May, 1, 1970 and got divorced on August, 24, 1984.


  • Has contributed to Jaws related activities such as interviews [including the documentary "The Shark Is Still Working"].
  • Has Attended JawsFest on Martha's Vineyard in June 2005.
  • Also co-wrote and directed the 1981 low-budget cult film "Caveman".
  • Wrote the book "The jaws Log" about the notoriously difficult production of the film.
  • Star sign- Pisces.
  • In the 1960's, he joined the San Francisco Improvisational comedy troupe "The Committee" and they made one feature film together called " A Session with the Committee".
  • Originally, Carl was hired as an actor to appear as Ben Meadows-The Editor of the local Newspaper in Jaws.
  • Steven Spielberg hired Carl to redraft the script for the film, adding more dimensions to the characters; particularly humour. Ironically his redrafts reduced the role of Ben Meadows [who still appears in the town hall corridor and the tiger shark scenes].
  • Ironically Carl would be enlisted again under similar circumstances to work on the screenplay for the first sequel Jaws 2.
  • Carl also wrote for comedy shows such as The Bob Newhart Show, All In The Family and The Odd Couple.
  • Carl also acted in Films such as M*A*S*H and Clueless.
  • Carl also co-wrote David Crosby's two autobiographies, 1989's "Long Time Gone" and 2006's "Since Then".