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|Also Known As:||Robert Reiner||Died:|
|Born:||March 6, 1947||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bronx, New York, USA||Profession:||producer, actor, director, executive, screenwriter, songwriter|
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een as a violation of his role as chairman. But an audit conducted after his departure confirmed that the state commission did indeed have authority to conduct a public advertising campaign. Reiner was also considered for a short time to be a contender to challenge Arnold Schwarzenegger for the governor's seat in 2006, but he bowed out of contention, citing personal reasons.Returning to directing for the first time in four years, Reiner helmed "Alex & Emma" (2003), a romantic comedy which paired Luke Wilson as a blocked writer with a deadline that could prove fatal, starring opposite sassy stenographer Kate Hudson, who helps him finish his novel before gangsters come to collect on his gambling debts. Allegedly based loosely on a true story involving 19th-century Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film took a serious critical drubbing, with many suggesting that the director was unable to recreate the light, airy tone of his own earlier romantic comedy efforts. That same year, Reiner once again stepped in front of the cameras as himself for the lame showbiz comedy "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003), starring David Spade. He next directed Jennifer Aniston in "Rumor Has It" (2005), a...
een as a violation of his role as chairman. But an audit conducted after his departure confirmed that the state commission did indeed have authority to conduct a public advertising campaign. Reiner was also considered for a short time to be a contender to challenge Arnold Schwarzenegger for the governor's seat in 2006, but he bowed out of contention, citing personal reasons.
Returning to directing for the first time in four years, Reiner helmed "Alex & Emma" (2003), a romantic comedy which paired Luke Wilson as a blocked writer with a deadline that could prove fatal, starring opposite sassy stenographer Kate Hudson, who helps him finish his novel before gangsters come to collect on his gambling debts. Allegedly based loosely on a true story involving 19th-century Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film took a serious critical drubbing, with many suggesting that the director was unable to recreate the light, airy tone of his own earlier romantic comedy efforts. That same year, Reiner once again stepped in front of the cameras as himself for the lame showbiz comedy "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003), starring David Spade. He next directed Jennifer Aniston in "Rumor Has It" (2005), a mawkish romantic comedy with an intriguing premise. Aniston starred as a thirtysomething woman engaged to her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) who returns home for the wedding of her sister (Mena Suvari), to learn that her sharp-tongued grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) may have been the real-life inspiration for Mrs. Robinson in the film "The Graduate" (1967). Reiner followed with "The Bucket List" (2007), a comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who embark on a road trip to fulfill a list of things to do before they kick the bucket. Though the film received mixed critical reviews, it was an undeniable box-office hit, earning more than $175 million worldwide.
In 2010, Reiner helmed the little-seen period romantic drama "Flipped," and two years later he offered up "The Magic of Belle Isle," a thoughtful drama that was also overlooked, despite featuring Freeman in the lead. Also in 2012, Reiner went back to television, playing Bob Day, the father of Zooey Deschanel's lead character, Jess, on episodes of the hit sitcom "New Girl" (Fox, 2011- ). The next year, he continued his on-camera streak with a small part in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," which also included fellow directors Spike Jonze and Jon Favreau in the cast. considered to be the best example of the modern genre. It also contained one of cinema's most memorable scenes, when Ryan's character fakes an orgasm to prove authenticity to Crystal while the two are having lunch in a Manhattan deli. The scene was capped by the classic punchline, "I'll have what she's having," which was dryly delivered by Reiner's own mother, Estelle, who became one of the most famous extras of all time.
Continuing his commercial success, Reiner returned to adapting Stephen King with his take on the horror master's novel, "Misery" (1990), which starred James Caan as a famous writer taken hostage and held captive by an obsessed fan (Kathy Bates) after surviving a serious car accident. Both campy and compelling, the otherwise standard thriller was elevated by Bates' offbeat, but thoroughly evil performance, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. After more acting roles in "Postcards From the Edge" (1990) and "Regarding Henry" (1991), Reiner directed "A Few Good Men" (1992), his first collaboration with writer Aaron Sorkin. A slick, well-acted, but ultimately predictable courtroom thriller, "A Few Good Men" starred Tom Cruise as Daniel Kaffee, a Navy JAG lawyer called to defend two Marines (James Marshall and Wolfgang Bodison) implicated in a murdering a fellow Marine in a hazing ritual gone wrong. Aided by his defense team (Demi Moore and Kevin Pollack), Kaffee butts heads with the prosecutor (Kevin Bacon) and ultimately the base commander, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), who is later forced to admit that he indirectly ordered the hazing. Once again, a Reiner film contained a memorable line - this time shouted by Nicholson while on the stand, declaring that Cruise couldn't "handle the truth!" The quote was voted the 29th greatest American film quote of all time by the American Film Institute.
"A Few Good Men" earned an Academy Awards Best Picture nomination that year; the only Oscar nod of Reiner's career up until that time. After appearing onscreen in "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), Reiner directed his one of his worse films, "North" (1994), an offensive children's fantasy about a young boy (Elijah Wood) who divorces his parents (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander) and g s on a nationwide search for a new pair with the help of an odd man (Bruce Willis) who appears in random guises, including as the Easter Bunny and a Federal Express driver. The awful movie marked the end of one successful filmmaking streak on Reiner's part. So bad was "North" that film critic, Roger Ebert, declared that he " hated this movie as much as any movie we've ever reviewed in the 19 years we've been doing this show," while cohort Gene Siskel was more succinct when he called the movie " first class junk." Both named "North" the worst film of 1994. Reiner recovered his dignity with "The American President" (1995), a Capraesque romantic comedy scripted by Sorkin about a widowed president (Michael Douglas) smitten by a luminous lobbyist (Annette Bening). A smart script and fine acting from both the leads and a stellar supporting cast (Richard Dreyfuss, Michael J. Fox and Martin Sheen) helped propel the film, which was a smart mix of romance, comedy and political intrigue.
Reiner followed up with "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996), an historical drama based on the true story of the long-delayed conviction of a Southern racist and Klansman (James Woods) for the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers (James Pickens, Jr.). Whoopi Goldberg delivered an excellent portrayal as Evers' widow, while Woods was even better as the wily, aging murderer Brian De La Beckwith, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Unfortunately, the high-minded movie suffered from Hollywood revisionism and a lack of edge that might have enabled it to be the uplifting hymn to justice to which it had aspired. Though the film was not a financial or critical success, Reiner remained proud that "Ghosts of Mississippi" was used as a teaching tool in classrooms around the nation. Meanwhile, Castle Rock - which enjoyed modest success with Reiner's films - was jointly purchased with New Line Cinema by Turner Broadcasting in 1993 for $650 million, and pointed with pride to the success of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-98), which had emerged from its stable.
As his directorial output slowed during the 1990s, Reiner worked with increasing frequency as an actor. He appeared in small supporting roles in "Mad Dog Time" (1996), "The First Wives Club" (1996) and "Primary Colors" (1998), which he followed with a terrific turn as a villainous network executive in Ron Howard's "EdTV" (1999). Reiner next turned up as himself in Albert Brooks' "The Muse" and then acted for the first time in a picture he directed, portraying Bruce Willis' best friend in "The Story of Us" (1999), a technically proficient romantic comedy that did little to advance the notion that his later directorial efforts had the freshness and unpredictability of his earlier work. Reiner entered into a lengthy hiatus where he worked tirelessly to promote his political ideals, which included a stint as chairman for First 5 California, an early childhood development service that was funded by taxes levied on tobacco products. He held the post from 1999-2006, when he was prompted to resign amidst controversy for his campaign to promote Prop 82, a ballot initiative to fund state-run preschool, which was s
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Some sources list 1947 as the year of Mr. Reiner's birth.
Frank Capra III had worked as first assistant director on three Reiner films prior to co-producing "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996) and executive producing "The Story of Us" (1999). He also served as first assistant director on both pictures as well.
Reiner was honored with a Friars Club Celebrity Roast in October 2000.
"As an actor I was always more aware of everybody else onstage, or if I was doing 'All in the Family', I was aware of where all the cameras were, where the other actors were, the audience. I was always more interested in the script and in the structure of the script than I was in my performance. Which is not such a great way to approach your acting job." --Rob Reiner quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 25, 1990
In 1998, Reiner championed a successful California ballot initiative, Proposition 10, which resulted in a 50 cent tax on cigarettes going to early educational programs for children.
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