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Robert Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, writer, director, producer, and activist. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael Stivic
Michael Stivic
on All in the Family (1971–1979). That role earned him two Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
during the 1970s. As a director, Reiner was recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) with nominations for the coming of age comedy-drama film Stand by Me (1986), the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989), and the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men
(1992). He also directed the psychological horror-thriller Misery (1990), the romantic comedy fantasy adventure The Princess Bride (1987), and the heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap
(1984).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Politics and activism 4 Personal life 5 Music 6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 As director 6.3 As actor 6.4 Television 6.5 As actor 6.6 As writer or director 6.7 As self

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Reiner was born to a Jewish
Jewish
family in the Bronx, New York, and is the son of Estelle Reiner (née Lebost; 1914–2008), an actress, and Carl Reiner (born 1922), a renowned comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.[1] As a child, Reiner lived at 48 Bonnie Meadow Road in New Rochelle, New York; the home of the fictional Petrie family in The Dick Van Dyke Show, created by Rob's father, was 148 Bonnie Meadow Lane. He studied at the UCLA Film School.[2] Career[edit]

Reiner (with Bernadette Peters) as Michael Stivic
Michael Stivic
on All in the Family, 1976

In the late 1960s, Reiner acted in bit roles in several television shows including Batman, The Andy Griffith Show, Room 222, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and The Beverly Hillbillies. He began his career writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
in 1968 and 1969. Two years later, Reiner became famous playing Michael Stivic, Archie Bunker's liberal son-in-law, on Norman Lear's 1970s situation comedy All in the Family, which was the most-watched television program in the United States
United States
for five seasons (1971–1976). The character's nickname became closely associated with him, even after he had left the role and went on to build a high-profile career as a director. Reiner has stated, "I could win the Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
and they'd write 'Meathead wins the Nobel Prize'."[3] For his performance, Reiner won two Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
in addition to three other nominations and five Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nominations. After an extended absence, Reiner has recently returned to television acting with a recurring role on New Girl
New Girl
(2012–present). In 1972, Reiner, Phil Mishkin, and Gerry Isenberg created the situation comedy The Super for ABC. Starring Richard S. Castellano, the show depicted the life of the harried Italian American superintendent of a New York City apartment building and ran for 10 episodes in the summer of 1972. Reiner and Mishkin co-wrote the premiere episode. Beginning in the 1980s, Reiner became known as a director of several successful Hollywood films that spanned many different genres. Several of these films remain highly popular with fans and critics. Some of his earlier films include cult classics such as the rock-band mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap
(1984) and the comedic fantasy film The Princess Bride (1987), as well as his period piece coming of age tale Stand by Me (1986), which was also highly acclaimed. He often collaborates with film editor Robert Leighton, whom he also shares with fellow director-actor Christopher Guest
Christopher Guest
as their go-to editor. Reiner has gone on to direct other critically and commercially successful films with his own company, Castle Rock Entertainment. These include several iconic films such as the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which has been critically ranked among the all-time best of its genre,[4] the tense thriller Misery (1990), for which Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and his most commercially successful work, the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men (1992), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[5] Subsequent films directed by Reiner include the political romance The American President
The American President
(1995), the courtroom drama Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and the uplifting comedy The Bucket List
The Bucket List
(2007). Reiner has continued to act in supporting roles in a number of movies and television shows, including Throw Momma from the Train
Throw Momma from the Train
(1987), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway
(1994), The First Wives Club (1996), Primary Colors (1998), EDtv
EDtv
(1999), New Girl (2012–present), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He has also parodied himself with cameos in works such as Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and 30 Rock
30 Rock
(2010). Politics and activism[edit]

Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
speaking at a Howard Dean
Howard Dean
rally on Oct 29, 2003

Reiner has devoted considerable time and energy to liberal activism in recent years. His lobbying as an anti-smoking advocate, in particular, prompted his likeness to be used in a satirical role in a South Park episode titled "Butt Out". Reiner is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which initiated the court challenge against California Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state.[6]

Reiner at the LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library
in 2016

In 1998, Reiner chaired the campaign to pass Prop 10, the California Children and Families Initiative, which created First 5 California, a program of early childhood development services, funded by a tax on tobacco products. He served as the first chairman of First 5 California, from 1999 to 2006. Reiner came under criticism for campaigning for a ballot measure (Prop 82) to fund state-run preschools while still chair of the First Five Commission, causing him to resign from his position on March 29, 2006. An audit was conducted, and it concluded that the state commission did not violate state law and that it had clear legal authority to conduct its public advertising campaigns related to preschool. In the end, Prop 82 failed to win approval, garnering only 39.1% support. Reiner is a member of the Social Responsibility Task Force, an organization advocating moderation where social issues (such as violence and tobacco use) and the entertainment industry meet. He is also active in environmental issues, and he successfully led the effort to establish California's Ahmanson Ranch as a state park and wildlife refuge rather than as a commercial real estate development. He introduced Spinal Tap at the London Live Earth concert in July 2007. Reiner was mentioned as a possible candidate to run against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
in 2006 but decided not to run for personal reasons. He campaigned extensively for Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore
Al Gore
in the 2000 Presidential election, and he campaigned in Iowa
Iowa
for Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean just before the 2004 Iowa
Iowa
caucuses. He endorsed Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
for president for the 2008 election. In 2015, he donated US$10,000 to Correct the Record, a political action committee which supported Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.[7] Since the 2016 election, he has continued to campaign against Donald Trump, calling him a racist, sexist, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic, and compared him to the Nazi police at Auschwitz.[8] Reiner serves on the Advisory Board of the Committee to Investigate Russia.[9] Personal life[edit] Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
married actress/director Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall
in 1971. Marshall's daughter, actress Tracy Reiner (A League of Their Own), was from a previous marriage to Michael Henry. Reiner and Marshall divorced in 1981.[10] Reiner was introduced to his future wife, photographer Michele Singer, while directing When Harry Met Sally. The meeting not only resulted in his deciding to change the ending of that movie,[11] but he also married Singer in 1989. They have three children, Jake (born 1991), Nick (born 1993), and Romy. In 1997, Reiner and Singer founded the "I Am Your Child Foundation," and in 2004, they founded the "Parents' Action for Children," a non-profit organization with a dual purpose: a) to raise awareness of the importance of a child's early years by producing and distributing celebrity-hosted educational videos for parents, and b) to advance public policy through parental education and advocacy.[12] Reiner has stated that his childhood home was not observantly Jewish, although he did have a Bar Mitzvah ceremony;[13] Reiner's father Carl has acknowledged that he himself became an atheist as the Holocaust progressed.[14] He identified himself as having no religious affiliation on the January 13, 2012, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher and as an atheist.[15][16] Reiner later told Huffington Post contributor Debra Oliver that while he rejected organized religion, he was sympathetic to the ideas of Buddhism.[15] In addition to his four children, Reiner has five grandchildren, through his adopted daughter Tracy.[17] Music[edit] In 2016 Rapper Magneto Dayo
Magneto Dayo
paid homage to Reiner and his film "Misery" by releasing a song titled "Misery (Tribute to Rob Reiner)" Filmography[edit] Film[edit] As director[edit]

Year Film Notes

1984 This Is Spinal Tap Also actor and writer

1985 The Sure Thing

1986 Stand by Me Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Director Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Director Nominated – Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

1987 The Princess Bride Also producer

1989 When Harry Met Sally... Also producer Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Director Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film Nominated – Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

1990 Misery Also producer

1992 A Few Good Men Also producer Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Director Nominated – Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

1994 North Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director

1995 The American President Also producer Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Director

1996 Ghosts of Mississippi Also producer

1999 The Story of Us Also actor and producer

2003 Alex & Emma Also actor and producer

2005 Rumor Has It...

2007 The Bucket List Also producer

2010 Flipped Also producer and writer

2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Also producer

2014 And So It Goes Also actor and producer

2015 Being Charlie Also producer

2016 LBJ Also producer

2017 Shock and Awe Also actor and producer

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1967 Enter Laughing Clark Baxter

1969 Halls of Anger Leaky Couloris

1970 Where's Poppa? Roger

1971 Summertree Don

1977 Fire Sale Russel Fikus

1979 The Jerk Truck Driver Picking Up Navin Uncredited

1984 This Is Spinal Tap Marty DiBergi Also director and writer

1987 Throw Momma from the Train[18] Joel

1990 Postcards from the Edge Joe Pierce

Misery Helicopter pilot Uncredited Also director and producer

1993 Sleepless in Seattle Jay

1994 Bullets over Broadway Sheldon Flender

Mixed Nuts Dr. Klinsky

1995 For Better or Worse Dr. Plosner

Bye Bye Love Dr. David Townsend

1996 The First Wives Club Dr. Morris Packman National Board of Review Award for Best Cast

1998 Primary Colors Izzy Rosenblatt

1999 EDtv Mr. Whitaker

The Muse Rob Reiner

The Story of Us Stan Also director and producer

2001 The Majestic Studio executive Voice role

2003 Alex & Emma Wirschafter Also director and producer

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Rob Reiner

2006 Everyone's Hero Screwie Voice role

2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Max Belfort

2014 And So It Goes Artie Also director and producer

2017 Sandy Wexler Marty Markowitz

2017 Shock and Awe John Walcott Also director and producer

Television[edit] As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1967 Batman Delivery Boy Episode: "The Penguin Declines"

1967 The Andy Griffith Show Joe, The Printer's Apprentice Episode: "Goober's Contest"

1967 The Mothers-In-Law Joe Turner Episode: "The Career Girls"

1967–1969 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Various 3 episodes

1969 The Beverly Hillbillies Mitch 2 episodes

1970 Room 222 Tony Season 1, Episode 25: Funny Money

1971 The Partridge Family Snake Episode: "A Man Called Snake"

1971–1978 All in the Family Michael "Meathead" Stivic Series regular Actor – 182 episodes Writer – 4 episodes Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1974, 1978) Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1972, 1973, 1975) Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television (1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977)

1974 The Odd Couple Sheldn, Myrna's boyfriend Episode: "The Rain in Spain"

1976 The Rockford Files Larry 'King' Sturtevant Episode: "The No-Cut Contract"

1978 Free Country Joseph Bresner 5 episodes

1978 More Than Friends Alan Corkus TV movie

1979 Archie Bunker's Place Michael Stivic 2 episodes

1982 Million Dollar Infield Monte Miller TV movie Also writer

2012–2017 New Girl Bob Day 8 episodes

2017 "When We Rise" Dr. David Blankenhorn 2 episodes

2018 "The Good Fight" Hon Josh Bricker 1 episode

As writer or director[edit]

Year Title Notes

1967 The Smothers Brothers Writer only 20 episodes

1971–1972 All in the Family Writer – 4 episodes Also actor

1972 The Super Co-creator and writer

1974 Happy Days Co-wrote the first episode

1978 More Than Friends TV movie

1981 Likely Stories: Vol. 1 TV movie Writer and director

1982 Million Dollar Infield TV movie Also actor

As self[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1973 The $10,000 Pyramid Guest as himself on debut week 5 episodes

1975 Saturday Night Live Host/Various Episode: "Rob Reiner"

1987–1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Himself 4 episodes

1991 Morton & Hayes Narrator 6 episodes

1994 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "Doubt of the Benefit" Cameo

2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: "The Thong" Cameo

2006 The Simpsons Himself Episode: "Million-Dollar Abie" Cameo Voice role

2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Himself Episode: "The Focus Group" Cameo

2009 Hannah Montana Himself Episode: "You Gotta Lose This Job" Cameo

2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Himself Episode: "Future Harper" Cameo

2010 30 Rock Rep. Rob Reiner Episode: "Let's Stay Together" Cameo

2010–2017 Real Time with Bill Maher Guest 7 episodes

2014 The Case Against 8 Himself HBO documentary

2015 Happyish Himself 2 episodes

2015 The Comedians Himself Episode: "Misdirection"[19]

See also[edit]

Directors with three films rated A+ by CinemaScore

References[edit]

^ " Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
Biography (1947–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2010.  ^ "Alumni of the UCLA Film School". Tft.ucla.edu. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2010.  ^ "Yehey! Entertainment". Yehey.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. Retrieved February 24, 2010.  ^ "AFI's 10 Top 10". American Film Institute. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  ^ "Rob Reiner". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 24, 2010.  ^ "Civil Rights Activist: Director Rob Reiner". WeHo Confidential. August 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ "Correct the Record: Contributors, 2016 cycle". opensecrets.com. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved September 5, 2016.  ^ interview on MSNBC, November 11, 2016 ^ "Committee to Investigate Russia: Advisory Board". Committee to Investigate Russia. Retrieved February 10, 2018.  ^ Abramowitz, p. 291 ^ Ihnat, Gwen (September 3, 2016). " Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
on his favorite films, and why he changed the ending of When Harry Met Sally…". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 4, 2016.  ^ Lavoie, Richard (2005). It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend. New York: Touchstone. p. xvii. ISBN 978-0-7432-5463-2.  ^ "Rob Reiner: At last, I'm having what she's having".  ^ "Funnyman Carl Reiner". 1 May 2013.  ^ a b "Debra Ollivier: Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
On The Magic Of Belle Isle And 'Living Your Life Until You Can't'". Huffingtonpost.com. June 23, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.  ^ "We're not equal? How are we not equal?" Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
on Real Time with Bill Maher, in response to Maher's statement, "I would argue atheists are [not considered equal under the law]". Maher then stated, "For a group that is about 17 percent now... no representation in congress..." to which Reiner replied, "You're right about that-that we don't have that representation. I include myself in that same 17 percent...." "Real Time with Bill Maher". ^ "Tracy Reiner".  ^ Maslin, Janet (1987-12-11). "Throw Momma from the Train". The New York Times.  ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 18, 2015). "Mel Brooks & Jimmy Kimmel Set to Guest Star on FX's 'The Comedians'". Variety. 

External links[edit]

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Films directed by Rob Reiner

This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap
(1984) The Sure Thing
The Sure Thing
(1985) Stand by Me (1986) The Princess Bride (1987) When Harry Met Sally...
When Harry Met Sally...
(1989) Misery (1990) A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men
(1992) North (1994) The American President
The American President
(1995) Ghosts of Mississippi
Ghosts of Mississippi
(1996) The Story of Us (1999) Alex & Emma (2003) Rumor Has It (2005) The Bucket List
The Bucket List
(2007) Flipped (2010) The Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle
(2012) And So It Goes (2014) Being Charlie
Being Charlie
(2015) LBJ (2016) Shock and Awe (2017)

Awards for Rob Reiner

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Film Society of Lincoln Center
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Gala Tribute Honorees

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1972) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1973) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1974) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
and Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1975) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1978) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1979) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1982) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1983) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1984) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1985) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1986) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1987) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
(1988) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1989) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1990) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1991) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1992) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1993) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1994) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1995) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1996) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1997) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1998) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1999) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2000) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(2001) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(2002) Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
(2003) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2004) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2005) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2006) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(2007) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2008) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2009) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2010) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2011) Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(2012) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2013) Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
(2014) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2015) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2016) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2017) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2018)

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