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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 March 1947The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Reiner
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Reiner was born to Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner, and mother, Estelle Reiner.

Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in. Estelle Reiner was the inspiration for Rob Reiner to become a director. Robert's mother was a singer, and Robert as a director it helped him understand how music was used in a scene, how the color on a set should be, the acting, and writing, and that was heavily influenced by his mother. Rob Reiner due to his father's success eventually knew he was going to be apart of the industry. Rob Reiner often felt pressured how he would measure up to his father's twelve Emmys and prestigious awards and honor success streak.

When Rob Reiner graduated high school, he began to express further interest in show business, his parents advised him to go to Summer Theater. Reiner got a job as an apprentice in the Buck's County Playhouse in Pennsylvania. Reiner then went to be further educated at UCLA Film School. Reiner felt he still wasn't successful even having a recurring role on one of the hit-shows in the country. It was not until he was a director he felt truly successful. Rob Reiner directed Oscar-nominated movies such as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and This Is Spinal Tap.

With these successful box-office movies in 1987, Robert Reiner founded his own production company called, Castle Rock Entertainment. Robert Reiner co-founded it along with Martin Shafer,Andrew Scheinman,Glenn Padnick, and Alan Horn. On Castle Rock Entertainment he went to direct several other Oscar-nominated movies, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. Reiner often credits former co-star, Carroll O Connor in help him get into the directing business, and showing Reiner the "ropes".

Reiner also is known as a political activist, co-founding the American Foundation For Equal Rights. This group was an advisory for same-sex-marriage. Reiner has spoken at several rally's on several controversial topics, still continuing to address controversial topics after being on the hit-show, All In The Family. Reiner was also seen as an advocate on social issues such as violence and tobacco use.

Reiner has also made cameos on show like 30 Rock,The First Wives Club, Bullets Over Broadway, Primary Colors,Throw Momma From The Train, The Simpsons, Hannah Montana, and several others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Sean

Spouse (2)

Michele Singer (19 May 1989 - present) (3 children)
Penny Marshall (10 April 1971 - 1979) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Often includes references to his previous films
Frequently uses music by Marc Shaiman

Trivia (30)

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; it is next to his father's star. [October 1999]
Ex-son-in-law of Anthony W. Marshall and Marjorie Marshall.
Ex-stepfather of Tracy Reiner.
In 1998, Reiner spearheaded a ballot initiative in California to add a tax on cigarettes to pay for early childhood development programs. It passed by a narrow margin.
He has 3 children with wife Michele Singer.
Brother of painter Lucas Reiner and poet/playwright/author Sylivia Ann Reiner.
Co-wrote the 1st episode of Happy Days (1974).
Supported Al Gore during the 2000 presidential election.
In his first project following All in the Family (1971), Rob Reiner produced, co-wrote and co-starred with then wife Penny Marshall in the TV movie More Than Friends (1978), a romantic comedy based on the couple's own courtship.
Directed three of the movies ranked in American Film Institute's list of top 100 U.S. love stories in 2002: When Harry Met Sally... (1989) ranked #25, The American President (1995) - #75 and The Princess Bride (1987)- #88.
Named his production company "Castle Rock" after a fictional town created by Stephen King (the two have worked as a team on several movies together).
While filming the scene in Stand by Me (1986) in which Gordie and Vern are being chased by a train, he couldn't get Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell to look frightened enough, so after a take, he proceeded to yell at them until they began to cry. He then filmed the scene over again.
Replaced Ted Griffin as the director of Rumor Has It... (2005) twelve days into principal photography.
Is a big fan of The Beach Boys.
Wore a toupee in All in the Family (1971).
Brother-in-law of Maud Winchester.
Ex-brother-in-law of Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin.
Is portrayed by Trey Parker in the South Park (1997) episode "Butt Out" (Season 7, Episode 13).
Former comedic partner of Larry Bishop.
Best known by the public for his role as Michael "Meathead" Stivic on All in the Family (1971).
Was best friends in high school with Richard Dreyfuss, whom he later directed in Stand by Me (1986).
Directed 3 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Kathy Bates, Jack Nicholson, and James Woods. Bates won for her performance in Misery (1990).
His favorite sports movie of all time is The Hustler (1961).
Of all the films he has directed, he considers Stand by Me (1986) as his masterpiece and his favorite film.
Acting mentors were Carroll O'Connor and Jim Nabors.
Growing up he lived right across from future wife Penny Marshall's home in the Bronx.
Despite their antagonistic roles on All in the Family (1971) as Meathead and Archie, Reiner grew quite close to actor Carroll O'Connor off-camera.
Named "It's a Wonderful Life" as his favorite film in an AFI poll.

Personal Quotes (8)

He couldn't have been more different from Archie Bunker. He cared about the little guy. He shone a light on bigotry and ignorance and hope. Arguably, he created the single most indelible character in the history of American television. - on his All in the Family (1971) co-star Carroll O'Connor
[on why his career skidded in the late 1990s when he split his time between movies and politics] People kept asking me, 'How do you balance it?,' and the point is, you don't. I know now, about me: I can't split my attention in that way. It doesn't work. I mean, it shows, to be honest with you. You can't do both.
[on producing The Bucket List (2007)] This is kind of a little minefield here. You want to get the tone right for it. This is a subject that you have to deal with comically. It's still got to be funny. You want sentiment, not sentimentality. These are all the sidewalls you want to not fracture the picture on. Not that I don't like an easy job.
[in 2007] I like to think of myself as a very young old person. But you start thinking, 'How many years am I going to have to be productive?' Especially in our business, youth is so stressed. You start thinking, 'How many more movies am I going to get to make?' Maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll make five more.
Stand by Me (1986) was a unique directing experience because ideas came from everywhere. Doing a period piece about the world of childhood is an adventure, each day on-set; people from the crew threw their own childhood memories into the production.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Carroll O'Connor, who played Archie Bunker] Every week, we came up with a little play, and the collaborateness, and the way that Norman Lear allowed us all to contribute. That was the most fun, and what I've learned from Carroll O'Connor [as an actor] has held me in very good stead.
[on Carroll O'Connor]: Carroll set the tone of how we were to work on All in the Family. He was very inclusive--he allowed everybody to participate, and say what they wanted. He really was a thoughtful and intelligent person who cared about injustice. Whatever we all felt--whether it was about the Vietnam War or race issues or women's issues, those things got into the show and he was part of creating that freedom.
[on running for political office] I have thought about it. The problem was, I was seriously thinking about it a while ago, and then the family sat down and we all talked about it, and then I polled about 40 percent in my own family. I figured if I can't carry my own family, then I'm not going to run.

Salary (1)

A Few Good Men (1992) $4,000,000

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