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Overview (3)

Born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Reiner
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in. Estelle was the inspiration for Rob Reiner to become a director. Her history as a singer helped him understand how music was used in a scene. Rob often felt pressured about measuring up to his father's twelve Emmys, and prestigious awards and successful streak.

When Rob graduated high school, his parents advised him to participate in Summer Theatre. Reiner got a job as an apprentice in the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania. He 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 biggest shows in the country, All in the Family. Reiner began his directing career with the Oscar-nominated films This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, and The Princess Bride,.

With these successful box-office movies in 1987, Reiner founded his own production company, Castle Rock Entertainment, along with Martin Shafer, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick, and Alan Horn. For Castle Rock Entertainment, he went to direct the Oscar-nominated films When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. Reiner often credits former co-star Carroll O'Connor in helping 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, a group that was an advisory for same-sex-marriage. Reiner has spoken at several rallies on several controversial topics, and is also seen as an advocate on social issues, such as domestic violence and tobacco use.

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

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Sean

Spouse (2)

Michele Singer (19 May 1989 - present) ( 3 children)
Penny Marshall (10 April 1971 - 1981) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

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

Trivia (37)

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.
Adoptive father of Tracy Reiner, who is Penny Marshall's daughter from a previous marriage.
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.
He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Austria and Romania on his father's side, and Germany, Russia, and Poland on his mother's side).
Credits Carroll O'Connor and Jim Nabors as his favorite acting mentors/best friends.
Rob and wife Michele Singer are the parents of screenwriter Nick Reiner.
Best friends with Billy Crystal.
Friends with Bea Arthur, and Michael Douglas.
Both he and his ex-wife Penny Marshall (a fellow filmmaker) have worked with Fred Savage. Marshall did with "Big" and Reiner with "North".
Casting agents Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson have cast most of Rob's films starting with The Sure Thing (1985).

Personal Quotes (17)

[on his All in the Family (1971) co-star Carroll O'Connor] 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 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.
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 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.
[on sexual harassment in the film community] It's not just our community - this is happening in every workplace in America. It's disgusting. Harvey Weinstein funded the documentary The Hunting Ground (2015). How do you do that?! We have to create a safe atmosphere where women are able to tell their stories. He's one schmuck who did what he did. But there are a lot of great people in Hollywood who don't do stuff like that.
I'm worried about the country not being here. Or not being here in the way I have lived it my whole life, which is being a liberal democracy. We don't have one right now. The Founding Fathers designed a system of checks and balances that do not exist anymore in Anerica. You have a Republican Congress that is more than willing to enable a man who lies every minute of his life and is in league with an authoritarian enemy.
Stephen King's obvious reputation is as a great horror writer, but to me, it was always the quality of his writing - the character development and the dialogue. It kind of gets overshadowed.
I've made movies that nobody saw initially, and then, all the sudden, people over the years pick up on it. Like This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and The Princess Bride (1987).
I love the idea of making movies that kids and adults can go to together and both get something out of it, and not just, "Oh, I've got to take my kid to the movie because they want to see the next, you know, Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) or whatever."
There's not one film that I've ever made that could get made today by a studio, not one - even A Few Good Men (1992) because it's an adult courtroom drama, and studios do not make them any more. And so every movie that I make, have made and will make is always going be independently financed.
I remember once, years ago, I met Sting, and he told me that he had seen This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 50 times. He said: "Every time I watch it, I don't know whether to laugh or cry."
I could win the Nobel Prize and they'd write "Meathead wins the Nobel Prize."
I'd never ask an actor to do something I couldn't do - not that I'm the best actor in the world - but if I can do it, then I know that anyone I hire can do these things.

Salary (1)

A Few Good Men (1992) $4,000,000

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