Robert Klein

Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian, singer, and actor. He is known for his appearances on stage and screen. He has released four standup comedy specials including, A Child of the 50s (1973), Mind Over Matter (1974), New Teeth (1975), and Let's Not Make Love (1990). The first two albums received Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album nominations. Klein hosted Saturday Night Live in its first season in 1975 and again in 1978. Klein made his Broadway debut in the 1966 production of The Apple Tree opposite Alan Alda. He earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical nomination for his performance in Neil Simon's musical comedy They're Playing Our Song (1979). He is known for his film roles in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Mixed Nuts (1994), One Fine Day (1996), Primary Colors (1998), Two Weeks Notice (2002), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), and Reign Over Me (2007). He is also known for his recurring television roles in Law & Order: SVU (2009-2012), The Good Wife (2013-2014), Madam Secretary (2014), Will & Grace (2018-2019). He has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his specials, Child in his 50's (2001), and Unfair and Unbalanced (2010). He was profiled in the Starz documentary Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016).

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Suits (1999)

A deodorant company with a product called "Smell No Mo" pits two rival ad agencies in a race to come up with a campaign for a new-fangled sanitary napkin called Vorcan. The advertising satire follows the New York firm of Cranston & Co. as they fight rival Hoffman & ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Weber
CAST:  Robert Klein  •  Larry Pine  •  Paul Lazar  •  Randy Pearlstein

A deodorant company with a product called "Smell No Mo" pits two rival ad agencies in a race to come up with a campaign for a new-fangled sanitary napkin called Vorcan. The advertising satire follows the New York firm of Cranston & Co. as they fight rival Hoffman & ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Weber
CAST:  Robert Klein  •  Larry Pine  •  Paul Lazar  •  Randy Pearlstein

Comedian (2002)

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian Charles
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Orny Adams  •  Greg Giraldo  •  Jim Norton

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian Charles
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Orny Adams  •  Greg Giraldo  •  Jim Norton

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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It’s the battle of wills, as Andie (Kate Hudson) needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days, whereas Ben (Matthew McConaughey) needs to prove he can win a girl in 10 days. Now, the clock is ticking - and the wildly entertaining comedy smash is off and running in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Kathryn Hahn  •  Annie Parisse

It’s the battle of wills, as Andie (Kate Hudson) needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days, whereas Ben (Matthew McConaughey) needs to prove he can win a girl in 10 days. Now, the clock is ticking - and the wildly entertaining comedy smash is off and running in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Kathryn Hahn  •  Annie Parisse

Jeffrey (1995)

Jeffrey, a gay man living in New York City with an overwhelming fear of contracting AIDS, concludes that being celibate is the only option to protect himself. As fate would have it, shortly after his declaration of a sex-free existence, he meets the handsome Steve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Ashley
CAST:  Steven Weber  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michael T. Weiss  •  Sigourney Weaver

Jeffrey, a gay man living in New York City with an overwhelming fear of contracting AIDS, concludes that being celibate is the only option to protect himself. As fate would have it, shortly after his declaration of a sex-free existence, he meets the handsome Steve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Ashley
CAST:  Steven Weber  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michael T. Weiss  •  Sigourney Weaver

Mixed Nuts (1994)

The events of a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Robert Klein  •  Anthony LaPaglia

The events of a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Robert Klein  •  Anthony LaPaglia

Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

A lighthearted story about a man and a woman who seem destined to be together... and the hilarious chain of accidents that seem determined to keep them apart!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Hope Davis  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Holland Taylor  •  Alan Gelfant

A lighthearted story about a man and a woman who seem destined to be together... and the hilarious chain of accidents that seem determined to keep them apart!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Hope Davis  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Holland Taylor  •  Alan Gelfant

Radioland Murders (1994)

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

The Landlord (1970)

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially, his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert the building into a posh flat. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Lee Grant  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Diana Sands

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially, his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert the building into a posh flat. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Lee Grant  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Diana Sands

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

Meek, owlish Felix and strident, catty Doris live in the same apartment building. His incessant typing bothers her; her gentlemen callers bother him. Felix informs the landlord of her activities, so Doris moves in on Felix. When they both get thrown out, they move ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  George Segal  •  Robert Klein  •  Allen Garfield

Meek, owlish Felix and strident, catty Doris live in the same apartment building. His incessant typing bothers her; her gentlemen callers bother him. Felix informs the landlord of her activities, so Doris moves in on Felix. When they both get thrown out, they move ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  George Segal  •  Robert Klein  •  Allen Garfield

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Dedicated environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson goes to work for billionaire George Wade as part of a deal to preserve a community center. Indecisive and weak-willed George grows dependent on Lucy's guidance on everything from legal matters to clothing. Exasperated, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Lawrence
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Hugh Grant  •  Alicia Witt  •  Dana Ivey

Dedicated environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson goes to work for billionaire George Wade as part of a deal to preserve a community center. Indecisive and weak-willed George grows dependent on Lucy's guidance on everything from legal matters to clothing. Exasperated, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Lawrence
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Hugh Grant  •  Alicia Witt  •  Dana Ivey

The Last Unicorn (1982)

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Bass  •  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Mia Farrow  •  Tammy Grimes

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Bass  •  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Mia Farrow  •  Tammy Grimes

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the third story is about a man who witnesses a bizarre killing and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Harrison
CAST:  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Christian Slater  •  David Forrester  •  Debbie Harry

The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the third story is about a man who witnesses a bizarre killing and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Harrison
CAST:  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Christian Slater  •  David Forrester  •  Debbie Harry

Hooper (1978)

Legendary stunt man, Sonny Hooper remains one of the top men in his field, but due to too many stressful impacts to the spine and the need to pop pain killers several times a day, he knows he should get out of the industry before he ends up permanently disabled.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Needham
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Robert Klein  •  Adam West  •  Jan-Michael Vincent

Legendary stunt man, Sonny Hooper remains one of the top men in his field, but due to too many stressful impacts to the spine and the need to pop pain killers several times a day, he knows he should get out of the industry before he ends up permanently disabled.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Needham
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Robert Klein  •  Adam West  •  Jan-Michael Vincent

Dangerous Curves (1988)

A college graduate is offered a deal of a lifetime - deliver a Porsche for a client and join the company of your dreams in return. When the car gets stolen, he and his friend must go to a beauty pageant run by the thief to get it back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lewis
CAST:  Tate Donovan  •  Grant Heslov  •  Robert Klein  •  Robert Stack

A college graduate is offered a deal of a lifetime - deliver a Porsche for a client and join the company of your dreams in return. When the car gets stolen, he and his friend must go to a beauty pageant run by the thief to get it back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lewis
CAST:  Tate Donovan  •  Grant Heslov  •  Robert Klein  •  Robert Stack

One Fine Day (1996)

Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  George Clooney  •  Mae Whitman  •  Alex D. Linz

Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  George Clooney  •  Mae Whitman  •  Alex D. Linz

Clarissa (1995)

Pilot episode of the cancelled follow-up series to Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains it All" in which debutante Clarissa Darling contends to her life in New York City and her internship at a local newspaper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Melissa Joan Hart  •  Robert Klein  •  LisaGay Hamilton  •  Chris Coburn

Pilot episode of the cancelled follow-up series to Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains it All" in which debutante Clarissa Darling contends to her life in New York City and her internship at a local newspaper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Melissa Joan Hart  •  Robert Klein  •  LisaGay Hamilton  •  Chris Coburn

The Gypsy (1975)

Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who's searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief, Yan Kuq, whose wife has died under suspicious circumstance just after a major burglary. The Gypsy needs to settle a few ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  José Giovanni
CAST:  Alain Delon  •  Paul Meurisse  •  Annie Girardot  •  Marcel Bozzuffi

Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who's searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief, Yan Kuq, whose wife has died under suspicious circumstance just after a major burglary. The Gypsy needs to settle a few ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  José Giovanni
CAST:  Alain Delon  •  Paul Meurisse  •  Annie Girardot  •  Marcel Bozzuffi

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue (2005)

In his eighth HBO special, the comic reflects on humorous events from his childhood, his summer job as a lifeguard in the Catskills, the 1960s sexual revolution and signs of aging. Taped in New York City at the John Jay College Theater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven J. Santos
CAST:  Robert Klein  •  Rob Aries  •  Faby Fungcap  •  Willie Gomez

In his eighth HBO special, the comic reflects on humorous events from his childhood, his summer job as a lifeguard in the Catskills, the 1960s sexual revolution and signs of aging. Taped in New York City at the John Jay College Theater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven J. Santos
CAST:  Robert Klein  •  Rob Aries  •  Faby Fungcap  •  Willie Gomez

The Bell Jar (1979)

Adaptation of the 1963 novel by Sylvia Plath. Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Marilyn Hassett  •  Julie Harris  •  Jameson Parker  •  Anne Jackson

Adaptation of the 1963 novel by Sylvia Plath. Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Marilyn Hassett  •  Julie Harris  •  Jameson Parker  •  Anne Jackson
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