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American actor, director and producer Rob Reiner is best known for directing the classic hits Stand By Me (1996) and When Harry Met Sally (1989).
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While it featured fine performances by Whoopi Goldberg and Brian De La Beckwith, the film proved to be a critical and commercial misfire. His next effort, The Story of Us (1999), was also a disappointment. The romantic comedy starred Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer as a couple going through a rough patch in their marriage.
Around this time, Reiner made a return to acting. He had supporting roles in such films as Primary Colors (1998) and EdTV (1999).
By the end of the 1990s, Reiner had also become very active in liberal politics. He was a supporter and friend to Al Gore during his 2000 presidential bid. In his home state of California, Reiner lobbied hard for an early childhood education initiative. He helped get voters to pass the proposal, which was funded by a special tax on tobacco products. From 1999 to 2006, Reiner served as chairman for First 5 California; he was forced to resign due to a conflict of interest. He aggressively campaigned for another educational initiative for free preschool education while serving as chairman.
Reiner had more success with politics than in his later films. The 2003 romantic comedy Alex & Emma starred Luke Wilson as a novelist trying to finish his book in 30 days, and Kate Hudson as his typist. He tried again two years later with another romantic comedy Rumor Has It... (2005). The film had a stellar cast, including Jennifer Aniston, Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner, and an interesting premise inspired by the classic film The Graduate. But that wasn't enough to attract large crowds of movie-goers.
In 2007, Reiner fared better with The Bucket List. The film starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two cancer patients who create a list of things they've always wanted to do before they die. While not a darling of the critics, the movie attracted a substantial audience. The film earned around $175 million at the box office.
The filmmaker's more recent credits include the coming-of-age comedy Flipped (2010), based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen; The Magic of Belle Isle (2012); and the drama And So It Goes, which is slated for a 2014 release.
In addition to continuing to act, write and direct, Reiner remains politically active, supporting a number of Democratic candidates and causes in recent years. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Michelle. The couple has three children. (Reiner was previously married to actress and director Penny Marshall.)
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