CONNIE AND CARLA
MICHAEL LEMBECK (Director) recently made his feature film directing debut with
the hit Tim Allen comedy, The Santa Clause 2, which grossed more than $140 million at
the domestic box office.
Lembeck is a veteran of television comedy. As an actor, he appeared in over 200
episodes of half-hour comedy television. As a director, he has helmed nearly 300
episodes of television during his career. Among the awards for directing he has received
is the Emmy Award in 1996 for Best Direction of a Comedy Series for his work on
Friends, one of three Emmy nominations he has received for his work on that show. He
lists as some of his other television directing credits multiple episodes of Mad About You,
with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser; and the pilot and episodes of Everybody Loves
Lembeck has had the good fortune of directing some of the world's greatest
comedy players—Carol Burnett, Carroll O'Connor, Nathan Lane, Mel Brooks, Phil
Hartman—in addition to working with Julia Roberts, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Selleck, Hector
Elizondo, Carl Reiner, Gene Kelly, Jack Benny, Joan Plowright, Dennis Quaid, John
Ritter, Harvey Korman and many others.
Lembeck is a second generation with a comedy tradition and followed his father,
Harvey, into the theater. Harvey Lembeck starred in both the Broadway play and movie
Stalag 17 as Harry Shapiro, and had a long and illustrious career as one of Broadway's
and Hollywood's best-known character men, perhaps best remembered for his work as
Corporal Rocco Barbella on The Phil Silvers Show and as Eric Von Zipper in the Beach
Party series of movies for AIP.
Michael appeared in many plays in New York and regional theater before finding
his way to California and movies and television. He appeared in such movies as The In-
Laws (as Peter Falk's son) and The Boys in Company C. He played Abbie Hoffman in
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the HBO award-winning movie, The Trial of the Chicago 8; was a regular on Mary
Hartman, Mary Hartman; and for five years was part of the ensemble on One Day at a
Time, playing Max, Mackenzie Phillips' husband.
When not at work as a director, Lembeck and his sister Helaine run the comedy
workshop his father created 35 years ago, the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop,
which lists as its longtime members Robin Williams, Penny Marshall and John Ritter,
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