From 'All in the Family' to 'LBJ': A Timeline of Rob Reiner's Wide-Ranging Career

6:00 AM 9/8/2016

by THR Staff

The veteran actor-director has mastered romantic comedies ('When Harry Met Sally…'), horror films ('Misery') and dramas ('A Few Good Men') over the course of his 50 years in the industry.

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  • All in the Family

    1971-1978

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    He wins two supporting actor Emmys for Norman Lear’s hit sitcom, in which he faces off against Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker.

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    1984

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    To get financing, Reiner and his cast raise $90,000 to shoot a 20-minute sample reel, which eventually earns backing from Lear’s Embassy Pictures.

  • Stand by Me

    1986

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    His coming-of-age drama is set in Stephen King’s fictional town of Castle Rock, which becomes the name for Reiner’s production company.

  • The Princess Bride

    1987

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    No horse could support Andre the Giant, so Reiner’s crew devises a pulley system to lower him onto a mount. Watching, a bemused Reiner thinks, “What is this job I have?”

  • When Harry Met Sally ...

    1989

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    Reiner says what he misses most about the film’s late screenwriter Nora Ephron was “she used to give the best parties, with the best food and best combination of people.”

  • Misery

    1990

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    The horror tale, which wins Kathy Bates an Oscar, recently was adapted into a Broadway play, but “it wasn’t so good,” winces Reiner.

  • A Few Good Men

    1992

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    His adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s military play not only is nominated for best picture but also becomes his biggest- grossing film, collecting $243 million worldwide.

  • The Bucket List

    2007

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    Reiner reteams with A Few Good Men star Jack Nicholson on the aging-buddy comedy, which also features Morgan Freeman, Alan Horn, Reiner's former partner at Castle Rock, overruels skeptics and greenlights the Warners film.

  • New Girl

    2012-2015

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    Reiner finds himself exercising his sitcom muscles once again as Zooey Deschanel’s dad, sparring with Jamie Lee Curtis as his ex-wife.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    2013

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    Reiner can’t resist acting again on the big screen when Martin Scorsese invites him to play Max Belfort, the father of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character.

  • LBJ

    2016

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    Reiner re-creates the Kennedy assassination in Dealey Plaza, complete with an extra dressed as amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder.

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