Rob Reiner

Actor / Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his four-hour Archive interview, Rob Reiner talks about growing up surrounded by the group of comedy legends that included his father, Carl, Sid Caesar, and Mel Brooks. He discusses his first forays into performing and lists some of his early television appearances. He discusses his work as a television writer, particularly his staff job on the last season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he was partnered with Steve Martin. Reiner speaks in great detail about his next significant career achievement as a regular on the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family. He discusses working with the series ensemble, describes his character "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic," and talks about the collaborative atmosphere on the set. Reiner then details his work as a director of feature films including such now-classic movies as "This Is Spinal Tap," "Stand By Me," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally…" and "Misery." Reiner also talks about his role in the creation of Castle Rock Productions and his then-current work on children's development awareness, through "Parents Action for Children." Karen Herman conducted the interview on November 29, 2004 at Reiner's Castle Rock Productions offices in Beverly Hills, CA.

"Literally every day of my life, somebody will say, 'Hey, Meathead!' No matter what I do with my life - I could win the Nobel Prize - it will say, 'Meathead wins Nobel.' It doesn't matter. I have Norman Lear to thank for that."

Highlights
Rob Reiner on how his All in the Family character's nickname, "Meathead," has stuck with him since the show ended
00:43
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
02:55
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family character, "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic"
01:26
Rob Reiner on All in the Family developer/executive producer Norman Lear
02:05
Rob Reiner on the feature film "A Few Good Men"
02:06
Rob Reiner on his father Carl Reiner's series The Dick Van Dyke Show
04:02
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years; on his parents Carl and Estelle Reiner; on growing up in a showbiz household; on his father's series The Dick Van Dyke Show

Chapter 2

On his early acting and comedy career; on some of his early television appearances; on being a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Chapter 3

On being cast and co-starring in All in the Family

Chapter 4

On co-starring on All in the Family

Chapter 5

On co-starring on All in the Family
On hosting the third Saturday Night Live telecast

Chapter 6

On working on Good Heavens; on creating and starring on the short-lived 1978 sitcom Free Country
On the feature film "Spinal Tap"
On the feature film "Stand By Me"
On the feature film "The Princess Bride"
On the feature film "When Harry Met Sally"
On the feature film "A Few Good Men"

Chapter 7

On his film work and the actors he's directed; on the formation of Castle Rock
On Castle Rock's development of Seinfeld

Chapter 8

On the success of Seinfeld; on his guest appearances in films; on his then-current projects; on advice to aspiring actors and directors; on how he would like to be remembered
Shows

All in the Family

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Rob Reiner on All in the Family developer/executive producer Norman Lear
02:05
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family character, "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic"
01:26
Rob Reiner on how his All in the Family character's nickname, "Meathead," has stuck with him since the show ended
00:43
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
02:55
Rob Reiner on occasionally acting as a mediator between executive producer Norman Lear and star Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
02:13
Rob Reiner on co-starring on All in the Family
28:49
Rob Reiner on co-starring ion All in the Family and on the friction on-set on All in the Family  
24:25

All in the Family: "Sammy's Visit"

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Rob Reiner on All in the Family director John Rich
00:37
Rob Reiner briefly on a big laugh on the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:16

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Rob Reiner on his father Carl Reiner's series The Dick Van Dyke Show
04:02
Rob Reiner on the way marriage was portrayed on The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:00

Free Country

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Rob Reiner on creating and starring on the short-lived 1978 sitcom Free Country
02:56

Good Heavens

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Rob Reiner on working with his father, Carl Reiner, on Good Heavens
00:42

Saturday Night Live

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Rob Reiner on hosting the third Saturday Night Live telecast
03:50

Seinfeld

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Rob Reiner on Castle Rock's development of Seinfeld
03:00
Rob Reiner on the talents of Jerry Seinfeld and the success of Seinfeld
02:36

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The

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Rob Reiner on being a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his first "real" writing job
15:12
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Rob Reiner on his All in the Family character, "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic"
01:26
Rob Reiner on how his All in the Family character's nickname "Meathead" has stuck with him since the show ended
00:43
Professions

Actor

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Rob Reiner on what his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor taught him about acting, in terms of the importance of quality material
02:55
Rob Reiner on what his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor taught him about acting, in terms of the importance of quality material
02:55
People

Glen Campbell

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Rob Reiner on being a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his first "real" writing job
15:12

Larry David

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Rob Reiner on Castle Rock's development of Seinfeld
03:00

Norman Lear

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Rob Reiner on All in the Family developer/executive producer Norman Lear
02:05
Rob Reiner on occasionally acting as a mediator between executive producer Norman Lear and star Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
02:13

Steve Martin

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Rob Reiner on being a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his first "real" writing job
15:12

Lorne Michaels

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Rob Reiner on hosting the third Saturday Night Live telecast
03:50

Mike Nichols

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Rob Reiner on the talents of Mike Nichols as a director
00:34

Carroll O'Connor

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Rob Reiner on his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
02:55
Rob Reiner on occasionally acting as a mediator between executive producer Norman Lear and star Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
02:13

Carl Reiner

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Rob Reiner on his father Carl Reiner's series The Dick Van Dyke Show
04:02

Jerry Seinfeld

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Rob Reiner on the talents of Jerry Seinfeld and the success of Seinfeld
02:36

Tom Smothers

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Rob Reiner on being a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his first "real" writing job
15:12

Dick Smothers

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Rob Reiner on being a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his first "real" writing job
15:12

Aaron Sorkin

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Rob Reiner on the feature film "A Few Good Men"
02:06

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