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

    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

    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

    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

    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 ...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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