DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR
ROB REINER (Himself) 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
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 "Alex and Emma,"
starring Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson, and "The Story of Us," starring
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 at www.iamyourchild.org.
In addition, Reiner 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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