Carl Gottlieb was born on March 18, 1938. He was born to a Jewish family who had a middle-class social status. He was born in the New York City and the family continued to live there. His mother’s name was Elizabeth, who was an assistant in the medical administration while his father, Sergius M. Gottlieb, was an engineer. He went to the same institute as and Home Alone actor, Larry Hankin. All of them went to the Syracuse University, NY, where he studied drama. After completing his studies, he became a part of a troupe called ‘’The Committee’’ which was based in San Francisco. They did improvisational comedy. He made a movie called ‘’A Session with the Committee’’ with the troupe, which was a feature film. Soon, he took a detour from acting and began writing for The Smothers Brothers Company Hours.
It was an American TV show for which he wrote the comedic parts. In 1969, he got nominated for an Emmy Award and won it for his contribution to the TV show. He has also contributed to writing comedy for All in the Family, The Music Scene, The Odd Couple and The Bob Newhart Show. Simultaneously, he played minor roles in M*A*S*H*, directed by Robert Altman, and also in the movie Clueless. He also helped co-write David Van Cortlandt Crosby’s two autobiographies called Long Time Gone (1969) and Since Then (2006).
Carl was contacted by his friend,
, to play the role of Harry Meadows in the all-time favorite movie Jaws and to also help to build his character more by adding humor and depth. He redrafted the role with honesty and dedication and his sole motto was to improve the movie script which is seen as his role as Meadows is cut short in the process. After the completion and success of the movie, he wrote a book called The Jaws Log which takes the readers behind the scenes into the difficulties occurring during production and making of the movie. The book has been called ‘’little movie director bible’’ by
. He was given the opportunity to help with the script of Jaws 2. He became the co-writer of the screenplays for movies like Jaws 3-D and The Jerk. He is contacted for any Jaws-related events and attends JawsFests. During the 1970s, he gained a desire to participate in guild politics and help other writers and hence he joined the Writers Guild of America. He was a part of the Board of Directors and was re-elected several times as the Vice President. He was also the Secretary-Treasurer WGA-West. He was married to Allison Caine for 13 years until they got divorced in 1983.