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Carl Gottlieb took a bit out of 'Jaws' script and created a monster hit
Carl Gottlieb took a bit out of 'Jaws' script and created a monster hit

Carl Gottlieb met Steven Spielberg through their mutual agent, Mike Medavoy, when the Oscar-winning director was still "the new kid in town" back in 1968. Gottlieb had already established himself as a performer — he was a member of the popular San Francisco improv group the Committee — and was on the writing staff, along with Steve Martin, of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on CBS when he became fast friends with the 21-year-old Spielberg. Not only did they hang out together, but Spielberg also cast him in small roles in a few of his TV projects and then asked him to play newspaper editor Ben Meadows in "Jaws," the groundbreaking 1975...

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