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ROB REINER (Director/Actor) 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. He performed in many television and feature
productions (including his Emmy-winning work as a star of the long-running hit
television series All in the Family) before finding success as a director
with the acclaimed "rockumentary" comedy This is Spinal Tap in
1984. He followed with the road comedy The Sure Thing and the adaptation
of Stephen King's youth adventure Stand by Me. The latter film brought
him his first nomination as Best Director from the Directors Guild of America. The
Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his book, followed in 1986
and has since become a beloved classic. Most recently, he directed and produced The
Story of Us with Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis.
Reiner's succession of box office hits include When
Harry Met Sally..., Misery, A Few Good Men, The American
President and Ghosts of Mississippi.
Beginning in 1997, Reiner and his wife Michele Singer Reiner
formed the I Am Your Child Foundation to promote early childhood education.
Materials and information about early childhood development are available on the
internet at www.iamyourchild.org.
In addition, he chaired the California Children and Families
Initiative for the 1998 ballot. As a result, the California Children and
Families State Commission (now First 5 California) was formed, which works
to implement a comprehensive, integrated program of early childhood health and
education services. Governor Gray Davis appointed Reiner chairman of this
commission, which oversees the expenditure of over $600 million annually.
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