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Rob Reiner



As the son of multi-talented comedic genius Carl Reiner (Your Show of Shows), Rob Reiner instantly outgrew his father's legacy to establish himself as an independent force in multiple facets of the entertainment industry.



Born in the Bronx in 1945, Reiner moved to Los Angeles with his folks at the age of 12 (not coincidentally, the very same year that the NYC-based Caesar's Hour, with Carl Reiner as a regular contributor, wrapped) and soon began acting in regional theater and improv ensembles. After appearing on various episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents from the age of 16 and studying drama at UCLA, Reiner co-founded the improvisational comedy troupe The Session, then made his onscreen cinematic debut in his father's Enter Laughing (1967) and contributed scripts (in his dad's vein) to CBS's controversial The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. His first massive break arrived when he landed the role of Mike "Meathead" Stivic, the liberal, Polish son-in-law to Carroll O'Connor's racist working stiff Archie Bunker, on Norman Lear's groundbreaking network hit All in the Family. In 1971, Reiner wed Penny Marshall (the sister of another comic demagogue, Garry Marshall); the marrieds frequently appeared together on ABC's The Odd Couple.



Reiner earned two Emmys for All in the Family, but ended his role in 1978 (after seven seasons) as the series transitioned into Archie Bunker's Place. A now-forgotten telemovie followed -- the romantic comedy More Than Friends, written by and starring Reiner and Marshall (and directed by future Cheers progenitor James Burrows) -- but by that point, the Reiners' marriage was in disarray; a divorce ensued in 1979, followed by several years of inactivity on Reiner's end.



Reiner bounced back as a director, however (and then some) in 1984, with the hysterical mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, ostensibly a spoof of The Song Remains the Same, The Kids Are Alright, The Last Waltz, and other mid-'70s concert films, about a gleefully moronic glam rock band (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer) whose hits include "Sex Farm," "Smell the Glove," and "Hellhole." The picture became a sensation (a massive cult hit), led to several Reiner-less follow-ups with the principal cast (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), and -- most importantly -- launched Reiner as a directorial force. He helmed a cute and charming sophomore effort, the teen comedy The Sure Thing (1985), which boasts two superb lead performances by John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga, and demonstrates great taste and sensitivity, but failed to make a splash despite solid reviews (Roger Ebert declared it "a small miracle" and Variety assessed it as "sweetly old fashioned" and "appealing.") The following year, the director struck box-office gold with his third effort, Stand by Me (1986). In this coming-of-age saga, adapted from a Stephen King short story by Ray Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, Reiner successfully blends comedy, drama, and sentiment, and elicits exemplary performances from an ensemble of teenage performers including River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton, in his story of a bunch of adolescent boys who venture out to find a local boy's corpse.



For his fourth effort, Reiner helmed the legendary William Goldman's adaptation of his own 1973 fantasy novel, The Princess Bride (which had purportedly floated around Hollywood for 13 years), and scored in the process -- especially with young viewers, who immediately warmed to Cary Elwes' dashing adventurer and Robin Wright's heroine. (The picture's neat comic turns by Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, and Andre the Giant stretched its appeal to older viewers, as well.) Reiner followed this up with another four-star blockbuster, and one of the most lucrative (and affable) pictures of 1989, the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron. It sports exceptional lead performances by Crystal and Meg Ryan, and -- in one of

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  • Actor
2016
24% Being Charlie
  • Director
  • Producer
2016
100% Everything Is Copy
  • Actor
2016
64% LBJ
  • Director
  • Producer
2016
100% The Last Laugh
  • Actor
2016
19% And So It Goes
  • Artie
  • Producer
2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Max Belfort
2013
30% The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
75% These Amazing Shadows
  • Actor
2011
25% Certifiably Jonathan
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet North
  • Director
2011
55% Flipped
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
40% The Bucket List
  • Director
  • Producer
2007
41% Everyone's Hero
  • Screwie
2006
20% Rumor Has It
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Strega Nona... and More Caldecott Award-Winning Folk Tales
  • Actor
2004
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
  • Himself
2003
11% Alex & Emma
  • Director
  • Wirschafter
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2003
No Score Yet Smothered: The Great Smothers Brothers Censorship Wars
  • Actor
2002
42% The Majestic
  • Studio Executive
2001
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
28% The Story of Us
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Stan
1999
52% The Muse
  • Himself
1999
63% EDtv
  • Whitaker
1999
80% Primary Colors
  • Izzy Rosenblatt
1998
No Score Yet I Am Your Child
  • Actor
  • Director
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Producer
  • Director
1996
17% Mad Dog Time
  • Albert the Chauffeur
1996
39% The First Wives Club
  • Dr. Morris Packman
1996
No Score Yet For Better or Worse
  • Dr. Plosner
1996
90% The American President
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • Dr. Kinsky
1994
96% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Sheldon Flender
1994
15% North
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • Dr. David Townsend
1994
72% Sleepless in Seattle
  • Jay
1993
81% A Few Good Men
  • Director
  • Producer
1992
44% Regarding Henry
  • Actor
1991
89% Misery
  • Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
  • Director
  • Producer
1990
80% The Spirit of '76
  • Dr. Cash
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Joe Pierce
1990
89% When Harry Met Sally
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Actor
1989
61% Throw Momma from the Train
  • Joel
1987
97% The Princess Bride
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
91% Stand by Me
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Billy Crystal - Don't Get Me Started
  • Actor
1986
87% The Sure Thing
  • Director
1985
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Screenwriter
  • Marty DiBergi
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Thursday's Game
  • Joel Forrest
1974
No Score Yet Let The Good Times Roll
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet How Come Nobody's On Our Side
  • Miguelito
1973
No Score Yet Summertree
  • Don
1971
No Score Yet Halls of Anger
  • Leaky Couloris
1970
100% Where's Poppa?
  • Roger
1970
50% Enter Laughing
  • Clark Baxter
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
Lass es, Larry!
2000-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
93% New Girl
2011
  • Bob Bob Day
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Delivery Boy
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Himself
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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