Rob Reiner


Actor, Director, Producer
Rob Reiner

About

Also Known As
Robert Reiner
Birth Place
Bronx, New York, USA
Born
March 06, 1947

Biography

Having grown up the son of famed comedian Carl Reiner, actor and director Rob Reiner emerged from his father's considerable shadow to become one of Hollywood's more successful directors, while prior to that, cementing his place in television history with his portrayal of Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the sitcom classic, "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79). Though he struggled for a short t...

Family & Companions

Penny Marshall
Wife
Actor, director. Born on October 15, 1942; married on April 10, 1971; divorced c. 1980.
Elizabeth McGovern
Companion
Actor. Together in the late 1980s.
Michelle Singer
Wife
Photographer. Married in May 1989; met on the set of "When Harry Met Sally".

Notes

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.

Biography

Having grown up the son of famed comedian Carl Reiner, actor and director Rob Reiner emerged from his father's considerable shadow to become one of Hollywood's more successful directors, while prior to that, cementing his place in television history with his portrayal of Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the sitcom classic, "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79). Though he struggled for a short time trying to launch his own projects after leaving the show, Reiner entered feature directing with "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984), a mockumentary about a fictional British heavy metal band that became a cult classic. For the next eight years, Reiner went on an amazing directorial run that included "Stand By Me" (1986), "The Princess Bride" (1987) and "When Harry Met Sally " (1989) - all three of which became instant favorites and exemplary of their respective genres. In fact, "When Harry Met Sally " became the high-water mark for all romantic comedies, many of which tried and failed to match its creative success over the years. After turning in more fine efforts with "Misery" (1990) and "A Few Good Men" (1992), Reiner fell into a directing slump with "North" (1994), an abhorrent addition to an otherwise flawless career. He found his footing with "The American President" (1995), a great combination of romantic comedy and political drama that reaffirmed Reiner's stature as one of the most commercially successful directors working in Hollywood.

Born on March 6, 1947 in The Bronx, NY, Reiner was the son of famed comedian Carl Reiner, who most notably wrote and performed on television during the small screen's Golden Age, including on "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). He was also raised by his mother, Estelle, who was an actress and later a cabaret singer. Growing up in a show business household exposed the young Reiner to a world seen by few people, while he was lucky enough to witness the behind-the-scenes camaraderie - and rivalry - of Hollywood's most famous comedians: Sid Caesar, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Mel Brooks. In fact, Reiner learned what made other people laugh by spending years as a fly on the wall in his family's apartment and summer home on Fire Island, listening to some of the greatest comedians of all time make each other laugh. When he was 13, the family relocated across the country to Beverly Hills, CA, where he attended Beverly Hills High School and befriended the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Albert Brooks. With his mind and heart set on a comedy career at an early age, Reiner and his group of aspiring friends formed a comedy troupe called The Session, performing sketches that included one called "Let's Watch a Death," which involved the electrocution of a midget.

Following high school, Reiner began to forge his own identity as a comedian, actor and even director. While continuing to perform with The Session, he directed his friend Dreyfuss in a production of Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" at a small playhouse in Beverly Hills. While delving into stand-up comedy, Reiner began to earn notices as a member of the improv comedy group, The Committee, which performed in the late-1960s and provided him the opportunity to hang around the era's musical icons, like Steve Miller and Janis Joplin. Meanwhile, his father, who had turned to directing, cast him in a small supporting role in his semi-autobiographical showbiz comedy, "Enter Laughing" (1967). He also began making guest appearances on several popular sitcoms, including episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69) and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS, 1962-1971). Reiner managed to score an episode of the short-lived sitcom "The Mothers-In-Law" (NBC, 1967-69), which was produced by Desi Arnaz. But when he improvised a line during rehearsal, Reiner incurred the unrelenting wrath of Arnaz, who castigated the young actor in front of the cast and crew. Confident that he would land more work, Reiner told Arnaz to find another actor and walked off the set.

Despite upsetting Arnaz, Reiner's career remained on track. In fact, he had his first big break when Tommy Smothers went to see a performance by The Committee in Los Angeles. Impressed by what he saw, Smothers hired Reiner to write for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69), a satirical variety show that generated controversy and censorship for its criticism of the political mainstream, namely the Vietnam War. Partnered with another young, up-and-coming comedian, Steve Martin, Reiner had difficulty getting many sketches on the air, though he did lay claim to telling the first flatulence joke ever done on television. After the show was canceled in 1969 despite its popularity, Reiner returned to acting, landing a role in the teen drama "Halls of Anger" (1970) and reuniting with his father, who directed the black comedy "Where's Poppa?" (1970). Back on the small screen, he landed a guest starring role as a motorcycle hood on the family sitcom "The Partridge Family" (ABC, 1970-74). But all was prelude to what became his career-defining role, playing Michael "Meathead" Stivic, the liberal son-in-law to bigoted conservative Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the groundbreaking sitcom, "All In the Family" (CBS, 1971-79).

Created by Norman Lear and based on the British series "Till Death Us Do Part" (BBC1, 1965-1975), "All in the Family" broke the mold for all other sitcoms that followed by pulling no punches in its frank portrayal of racism and use of color metaphors. Though initially under the impression that the show would not last, Reiner was surprised when it became one of the most watched programs of all time. That was when dread set in over the idea of playing the same character for years to come. But he eventually settled into the role of Meathead, whose clashes with Archie over politics, race, feminism and war proved to be both poignant and funny. Nominated five times for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role, Reiner took home statues in 1974 and 1978, his last year on the show. During his run on the show, he was married to actress Penny Marshall, who unbeknownst to him at the time, grew up in the same Bronx neighborhood. The two had wed in 1971, with Reiner adopting and raising her daughter, Tracy, from a previous marriage. With Reiner a success on "All in the Family," Marshall found her own stardom on "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983), though their marriage became strained and ended in divorce in 1979.

Part of the reason for Reiner's split with Marshall was his depression over being unable to launch his own television projects. He created, executive produced and starred in "Free Country" (ABC, 1978), a comedy about an immigrant couple (Reiner and Judith Kahan) struggling to make it in America. The series lasted only five episodes. He also wrote and starred in "More Than Friends" (ABC, 1978), a romantic comedy about an uncommitted couple (Reiner and Penny Marshall) struggling over whether or not they should just be friends. The tale was loosely based on Reiner's own courtship of Marshall, which was ironically made on the cusp of their divorce. Having largely turned away from acting, he emerged as a director with his feature debut, "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984), a mock rockumentary that parodied the music business through its depiction of a fictional British heavy metal band touring the United States. Almost five years in the making, "Spinal Tap" was saved by old friend Norman Lear, who helped finance the project, which featured Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer as the often clueless members of the band, whose fleeting triumphs and numerous travails - including their inability to keep their drummers alive - are captured by television director Marty DiBergi (Reiner). Though not a box office hit, "Spinal Tap" became a cult classic among movieg rs and was cited by critics as the best of its genre. But many musicians who saw the film found no humor in the situations that they themselves had all-too-painfully experienced.

Switching gears, Reiner directed "The Sure Thing" (1986), a pleasing, moderately successful and ultimately predictable teen romantic comedy about two diametrically opposed college students (John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga) who fall in love while on a road trip to California. Reiner moved on to direct one his best and most poignant films, "Stand By Me" (1986), a coming-of-age drama about four preteen boys (Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and River Ph nix) who go in search of a dead body and along the way, have the adventure of their lives. Based on the Stephen King novella The Body and narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, the film boasted superb, fresh young faces that also included the teenaged Kiefer Sutherland, while offering an affectionate slice of 1950s Americana. "Stand By Me" was both a critical and box office hit for Reiner. He continued to cement his reputation as one of Hollywood's most reliable, consistently commercial directors with his producing debut, "The Princess Bride" (1987), a quirky fairy tale based on a novel by William Goldman that deftly combined romance, adventure, comedy and even a little satire, while containing an assorted cast of characters - a beautiful princess (Robin Wright), a daring man in black (Cary Elwes), an evil prince (Chris Sarandon), a Spanish sword master (Mandy Patinkin) searching for a man with six fingers, a marble-mouthed Giant (André the Giant), and a scheming criminal genius who is not as smart as he thinks (Wallace Shawn). An instant classic, "The Princess Bride" was another hit for Reiner and remained one of his most beloved films over the decades.

The same year he released "The Princess Bride," Reiner co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment, which was named after the fictional town in which "Stand By Me" was set. After a brief return to acting with the dark comedy "Throw Momma From the Train" (1987), he scored his biggest hit to date as a director with "When Harry Met Sally " (1989), a romantic comedy that set the bar high for all others that followed. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as old friends who try to remain just that, even though they grow to love each other over the years. Boasting top notch performances from the leads as well as a great script from writer Nora Ephron, "When Harry Met Sally " redefined the romantic comedy and remained what many 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 seen 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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Shock and Awe (2018)
Director
LBJ (2016)
Director
Being Charlie (2016)
Director
And So It Goes (2014)
Director
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Director
Flipped (2010)
Director
The Bucket List (2007)
Director
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Director
Alex & Emma (2003)
Director
The Story of Us (1999)
Director
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Director
The American President (1995)
Director
North (1994)
Director
A Few Good Men (1992)
Director
Misery (1990)
Director
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Director
The Princess Bride (1987)
Director
Stand by Me (1986)
Director
The Sure Thing (1985)
Director
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Shock and Awe (2018)
And So It Goes (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Himself
Certifiably Jonathan (2011)
Himself
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Himself
Alex & Emma (2003)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Self
The Majestic (2001)
Voice
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Himself
The Story of Us (1999)
The Muse (1999)
Himself
Ed TV (1999)
Primary Colors (1998)
The First Wives Club (1996)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Bye, Bye Love (1995)
Dr Townsend
For Better or Worse... (1995)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Mixed Nuts (1994)
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Hearts Of Stone (1991)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Postcards From The Edge (1990)
Joe Pierce
The Spirit of '76 (1990)
In the Mood (1987)
Narrator
Throw Momma From The Train (1987)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Marty Dibergi
Million Dollar Infield (1982)
More Than Friends (1978)
Fire Sale (1977)
Russel Fikus
How Come Nobody's on Our Side? (1975)
Thursday's Game (1974)
Summertree (1971)
Don
Halls of Anger (1970)
Leaky Couloris
Where's Poppa? (1970)
Roger
Enter Laughing (1967)
Clark Baxter

Writer (Feature Film)

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Screenplay
Flipped (2010)
Screenplay
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Screenwriter
Million Dollar Infield (1982)
Screenplay
More Than Friends (1978)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Shock and Awe (2018)
Producer
LBJ (2016)
Producer
Being Charlie (2016)
Producer
And So It Goes (2014)
Producer
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Producer
Flipped (2010)
Producer
The Bucket List (2007)
Producer
Alex & Emma (2003)
Producer
The Story of Us (1999)
Producer
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Producer
The American President (1995)
Producer
North (1994)
Producer
A Few Good Men (1992)
Producer
Misery (1990)
Producer
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Producer
The Princess Bride (1987)
Producer
Million Dollar Infield (1982)
Producer
More Than Friends (1978)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

It Might Get Loud (2009)
Song
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Music
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Songs ("Hell Hole" "Tonight I'M Going To Rock You Tonight")
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Lyrics

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Alex & Emma (2003)
Other
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Other
The Muse (1999)
Other
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Other

Director (Special)

I Am Your Child (1997)
Director
Sonny Boy (1974)
Director

Cast (Special)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003)
The Score (2002)
River Phoenix (2002)
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2001)
Presenter
Glen Campbell: Still on the Line (2001)
Mark Twain Prize -- Celebrating the Humor of Carl Reiner (2001)
Performer
Hail Sid Caesar!: The Golden Age of Comedy (2001)
Narrator
Uncomfortably Close With Michael McKean: Rob Reiner (2000)
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television (2000)
The Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner (2000)
All in the Family: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
Stephen King: Master of Macabre (1999)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1999)
Performer
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards (1998)
Performer
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards (1997)
Performer
28th NAACP Image Awards (1997)
Presenter
I Am Your Child (1997)
Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial (1996)
Voice
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards (1996)
Presenter
Addicted to Fame (1994)
Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards (1994)
Presenter
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1994)
Performer
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards (1992)
Presenter
Session Man (1992)
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special (1992)
A Spinal Tap Reunion (1992)
All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
Himself
Living in America (1991)
Open Window (1991)
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards (1991)
Performer
Sapphire Man (1991)
Host ("Showtime 30-Minute Movie")
12:01 PM (1990)
To the Moon, Alice (1990)
Partners in Life (1990)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 20th Reunion Show (1988)
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards (1987)
Performer
The Lost Minutes of Billy Crystal (1987)
Billy Crystal -- Don't Get Me Started (1986)
Comic Relief (1986)
Richard Lewis I'm in Pain Concert (1985)
The TV Show (1979)
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes (1977)
Battle of the Network Stars II (1977)
The Mickie Finns Finally Present How the West Was Lost (1975)

Writer (Special)

I Am Your Child (1997)
Writer
Sonny Boy (1974)
Writer
Three For the Girls (1973)
Writer (Story 3)
Robert Young and the Family (1971)
Writer

Producer (Special)

I Am Your Child (1997)
Executive Producer
But... Seriously (1994)
Executive Producer
The TV Show (1979)
Executive Producer
Sonny Boy (1974)
Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

I Am Your Child (1997)
Writer
Sonny Boy (1974)
Writer
Three For the Girls (1973)
Writer (Story 3)
Robert Young and the Family (1971)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
Other

Life Events

1966

First appearance in film, "Enter Laughing" directed by father Carl Reiner

1968

TV writing debut, the ABC special "Romp"

1970

Reteamed with father for "Where's Poppa?"

1970

First major film role in the teen drama "Halls of Anger"

1970

Made TV acting debut in "The Partridge Family" (ABC)

1971

Debut as a regular on a TV series, as Michael Stivic (aka 'Meathead') on the ground-breaking sitcom "All in the Family" (CBS), also wrote occasionally; earned Golden Globe (1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977) and Emmy (1972, 1973, 1975) nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1972

Wrote for the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Super"

1974

First TV producing and directing credits, in collaboration with Phil Mishkin, on the CBS sitcom pilot "Sonny Boy"

1978

First TV series as creator and executive producer (in collaboration with Mishkin), the short-lived sitcom "Free Country" (ABC), also wrote and starred as Lithuanian immigrant Joseph Bresner

1978

Executive produced and wrote (with Mishkin) first TV-movie, "More Than Friends" (ABC), also co-starred opposite Penny Marshall in the romantic comedy based on their own courtship

1980

Broadway acting debut in his father's play "The Roast"

1984

First feature film as director and first screenplay credit, "This is Spinal Tap"; also wrote several songs and acted; first feature collaboration with Billy Crystal

1986

Initial collaboration with producer Andrew Scheinman, "The Sure Thing"

1986

Helmed the coming-of-age tale "Stand By Me," adapted from a Stephen King novella

1987

Formed Castle Rock Entertainment (named for a fictional Maine town that appears in Stephen King's work) with partners Alan Horn, Glenn Padnick, Scheinman and Martin Shafer

1987

First film as producer, "The Princess Bride"; also directed; initial collaboration with William Goldman who adapted the film from his novel of the same name; Crystal appeared in a cameo

1987

First feature acting role in ten years, in Danny De Vito's directorial debut "Throw Momma From the Train," co-starring Crystal and De Vito

1989

Scored box office hit with the romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally..." penned by Nora Ephron and co-starred Crystal

1990

Acted with father in time-travel comedy "The Spirit of '76," directed by brother Lucas Reiner

1990

First feature collaboration with Mike Nichols, appearing in "Postcards From the Edge" as a movie producer

1990

Directed Kathy Bates in her Academy Award winning role, "Misery," an adaptation of a Stephen King novel

1991

Created (in collaboration with Phil Mishkin) and executive produced the short-lived CBS sitcom "Morton & Hayes"

1991

Acted in Nichols' "Regarding Henry"

1992

Helmed the screen adaptation of Aaron Sorkin's Broadway play "A Few Good Men"; film received a Best Picture Oscar nomination

1993

Castle Rock Entertainment (as well as New Line Cinema) purchased by the Turner Broadcasting System for $650 million

1993

Played Tom Hanks' friend in Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle"

1994

Acted in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" and in Ephron's "Mixed Nuts"

1995

Reteamed with Sorkin, directing the romantic comedy "The American President"

1995

Played a radio shrink in "Bye, Bye Love"

1996

Directed the civil rights drama "Ghosts of Mississippi"; co-star James Woods earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1998

Acted in the political satire "Primary Colors" directed by Nichols and scripted by Elaine May

1999

Appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to serve without salary as chairman of the nine-member state Children and Families First Commission

1999

Made cameo appearance as himself in Albert Brooks' Hollywood comedy "The Muse"

1999

Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 12), star is located next to his father's

2001

Voice was used for a small part in "The Majestic"

2003

Directed and co-wrote the feature "Alex and Emma"; also played the character Wirtschafter

2005

Stepped in to direct Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner in the comedy "Rumor Has It..."; replaced freshman director Ted Griffin who penned the script

2007

Directed Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in "The Bucket List" as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of tasks to accomplish before they die

2010

Directed the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name

2012

Reunited with Freeman for "The Magic of Belle Isle"

2012

Began a recurring role on "New Girl"

2013

Appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"

2014

Directed the romantic comedy "And So It Goes"

2015

Played himself on the cable comedy "Happyish"

2015

Directed "Being Charlie," which was co-written by his son Nick Reiner

2016

Was one of the celebrities to appear in the "Fight Song" music video, which was made in support of Hillary Clinton's candidacy for President

2016

Helmed the first big-screen bio pic about the nation's insatiable 36th President "LBJ", with Woody Harrelson playing Johnson

2017

Played a supporting role in Adam Sandler comedy "Sandy Wexler"

2017

Appeared on TV mini-series "When We Rise"

Photo Collections

The Sure Thing - Movie Poster
The Sure Thing - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Stand By Me (1986) - Secret Knock Richard Dreyfuss (as "The Writer") appearing then narrating as Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) are introduced, opening Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, 1986.
Stand By Me (1986) - Pinky Swear Richard Dreyfuss narration as Gordie (Wil Wheaton) and Chris (River Phoenix) establish the gun and director Rob Reiner introduces Ace (Keifer Sutherland), early in Stand By Me, 1986, from a Stephen King novella.
Stand By Me (1986) - Skin It Chris (River Phoenix) the leader, Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Vern (Jerry O'Connell) and troublesome Teddy (Corey Feldman), early in their trek, in Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, 1986, from a Stephen King novella.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - Armadillos Documentarian Marty DeBergi (director Rob Reiner) interviews rockers David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) about their childhood and their audience in This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - Smell The Glove Promoter Bobbi Flekman (Fran Drescher) and manager Ian Faith (Tony Hendra) are featured as the band (co-writers Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean as Derek, Nigel and David) runs into trouble over their album cover at an industry confab, in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
This Is Spinal Tap (1982) - If You Will, Rockumentary Director Marty DiBergi (co-writer and director Rob Reiner) explains his perspective in the opening scene from This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - These Go To Eleven Lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) shows documentarian Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) his guitar collection and specially modified amps in This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
This Is Spinal Tap(1984) - Hello, Cleveland! David (Michael McKean), Nigel (Christopher Guest), Derek (Harry Shearer) and the band find a longer trip than expected from the dressing room to the stage in Cleveland, another famous improvised scene in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - More Of A Stain Than A Globule David, Nigel and Derek (co-writers Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer) visit Graceland, then reminisce with documentarian Marty (co-writer and director Rob Reiner) about an early hit and a late drummer in This Is Spinal Tap, 1984.
Few Good Men, A (1992) - Have I Done Something Wrong? First meeting between principals, Demi Moore as JAG Cmdr. Galloway, who feels she should have been given the case assigned to hot-shot litigator Kaffe (Tom Cruise), Kevin Pollak his colleague, in A Few Good Men, 1992, directed by Rob Reiner from Aaron Spelling’s play and screenplay.
Few Good Men, A (1992) - I've Got A Better Idea Jumping back in time, a scene introducing Jack Nicholson, as Guantanamo Bay Marine commander Jessup, with aides Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) and Lt. Kendrick (Keifer Sutherland), discussing PFC Santiago, whom we know was later murdered, in director Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men, 1992.
Few Good Men, A (1992) - He Had No Code Defense team Kaffe (Tom Cruise), Galloway (Demi Moore) and Weinberg (Kevin Pollak) arrive at Guantanamo Bay, meeting profane Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) with Markinson (J.T. Walsh) and Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland), their escort to the murder scene, in Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men, 1992.

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Family

Carl Reiner
Father
Actor, writer, director, producer. Born on March 20, 1923; directed Reiner in "Enter Laughing" (1966) and "Where's Poppa?" (1970).
Estelle Reiner
Mother
Actor, entertainer. Had a memorable cameo in the deli scene in "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989).
Sylvia Reiner
Sister
Lucas Reiner
Brother
Director. Born c. 1960; made directorial debut with "The Spirit of '76" (1990), in which Reiner had a cameo.
Tracy Reiner
Step-Daughter
Actor. Daughter of Penny Marshall and Michael Henry; raised by Reiner and adopted his name; has appeared in films directed by mother, Reiner and others.
Nick Reiner
Son
Born on September 14, 1993; mother, Michelle Singer.
Romy Reiner
Daughter
Born on December 27, 1997; mother, Michelle Singer.

Companions

Penny Marshall
Wife
Actor, director. Born on October 15, 1942; married on April 10, 1971; divorced c. 1980.
Elizabeth McGovern
Companion
Actor. Together in the late 1980s.
Michelle Singer
Wife
Photographer. Married in May 1989; met on the set of "When Harry Met Sally".

Bibliography

Notes

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.