Paul Reiser is an American comedian, actor, television personality, author, screenwriter and musician best known for his starring role as charming (though not without his faults) and always-loving husband Paul Buchman, a first-time father and multi-talented documentary maker, in the television sitcom Mad About You, from 1992-1999.
He also starred in the short-lived sitcom The Paul Reiser Show, in 2011.
His role in Mad About You brought Reiser several nominations for Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and American Comedy Awards. He also co-created the award-winning series and served as an executive producer.
Born and raised in New York City, Reiser earned a bachelor of arts degree in music, concentrating on piano and composition, from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
During his summers, he performed at the local New York comedy clubs Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip and The Improv.
Reiser made his feature film debut in Barry Levinson's acclaimed Diner. Paul's production company, Nuance, was named after a speech given by his character in the film Diner. He soon was cast in a small part in Beverly Hills Cop and as the double-crossing company man in Aliens.
Reiser's other feature film credits include Beverly Hills Cop II, The Marrying Man, Crazy People, Cross My Heart, Family Prayers, Mr. Write and Bye Bye, Love.
From 1987-1990, Reiser starred in the NBC sitcom My Two Dads. He has also starred in the telefilm The Tower, and in two comedy specials, HBO's Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim and Showtime's 3 1/2 Blocks from Home, both of which he wrote and produced.
Reiser, who co-wrote Mad About You's theme song, included his musical accomplishment on the series' CD Mad About You - The Final Frontier. He wrote the lyrics for the CD's Lullabye For You, with music by Billy Joel and sung by BeBe Winans.
His writing talents have extended into the literary world. In his first book, 1994's Couplehood, he shared his thoughts about married life and love, reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Reiser's follow-up was Babyhood, which explored the joys and woes of parenting na his third book was Familyhood, which published in 2011.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their son.