Rob Reiner has directed some of the most popular and influential motion pictures of the past two decades, deftly moving among many styles. He has created films that win both audience enthusiasm and critical acclaim.
The versatile filmmaker has been immersed in the entertainment business for much of his life, succeeding first as an actor, then as a director and producer. Prior to his directorial debut, Reiner acted in many television and feature productions. It was, however, his Emmy Award-winning work as the son-in-law of ‘Archie Bunker’ in the hit series All in the Family that made him a household name.
Reiner’s credits as a director of feature films include, among others, the now-legendary This is Spinal Tap, a parody documentary about a mythical heavy metal group; Stand By Me, about four boys coming of age in the fifties, for which he received Best Director nominations from the Directors Guild of America and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; the much loved fantasy The Princess Bride, adapted for the screen by Academy Award winner William Goldman from his original novel.
Reiner was a co-founder of Castle Rock Entertainment, and under that banner produced and directed When Harry Met Sally… (Directors Guild nomination), Misery, A Few Good Men (Directors Guild nomination and Academy Award nomination for Best Picture), The American President, and Ghosts of Mississippi. His recent films include The Story of Us, Alex & Emma, Rumor Has It…, The Bucket List, and Flipped. He has recently completed Summer at Dog Dave’s, starring Morgan Freeman. At the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, Reiner premiered Being Charlie, written by his now clean son Nick Reiner and inspired by his son’s heroine addiction and its effects on the family.
In 1997, Reiner and his wife Michele Singer Reiner founded the I Am Your Child Foundation, now Parents’ Action for Children, a national non-profit promoting early childhood development and providing parents with quality educational materials.
In 1998, Reiner chaired the campaign to pass Prop 10, the California Children and Families Initiative, which created First 5 California, an integrated program of early childhood development services, including health care, preschool, and intervention programs for families at risk. He served as chairman of First 5 California from 1999 to 2006.
Reiner is also a committed environmentalist who has championed open space preservation in the Los Angeles region; in 2003, he successfully led the effort to save Ahmanson Ranch. He supports the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect the public health, ensure the conservation and wise management of land and natural resources, and reverse the effects of global warming.