TCM to Honor Father & Son Filmmaking Icons Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner with Hand and Footprint Ceremony

TCM to Honor Father & Son Filmmaking Icons Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner with Hand and Footprint Ceremony

Celebration to Take Place April 7 at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor legendary father and son film icons Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner during a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX® in Hollywood during the eigth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 7. TCM will celebrate the storied careers of the father and son duo who have collectively worked in the industry for over a century and amassed countless accolades along the way. This marks the first occasion that a father and son have jointly been honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX®.

Industry titan Carl Reiner has been a celebrated director and comedic performer for more than 70 years, gaining a loyal following for his sketch comedy work alongside Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks and for directing such beloved films as Oh, God! (1977), Dead Men Don’t War Plaid (1982), Where’s Poppa? (1970), The Jerk (1979) and for creating and writing The Dick Van Dyke Show, for which he collected multiple Emmys® during his career.

Filmmaker and political activist Rob Reiner has had an equally illustrious career, from his Emmy®-award winning role on the revered television sitcom All in the Family to his work behind the camera, directing such American cinematic classics as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand by Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Misery (1990) and A Few Good Men (1992). Renowned for his staunch support of civil rights, Reiner is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and has long lent his support to non-profits that address social and environmental issues.

“Carl Reiner is a genuine comedy pioneer, a breakthrough artist from Hollywood's golden era,” said TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “It's never easy following in the footsteps of a force as innovative and creative as that, but Rob found his own way to success, as an actor, first as a vital part of the social relevance of All in the Family, then as thoughtful director and producer of both comedies and dramas. There's is a family that belongs forever imprinted in Hollywood history.”

This marks the seventh consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015 and Francis Ford Coppola in 2016.  

Carl Reiner Biography

Depending on who you talk to, Carl Reiner is best known as a co-star on the legendary television program, Your Show of Shows...or as the creator and co-star of The Dick Van Dyke Show...or as The Interviewer of “The 2000 Year Old Man”...or a director of feature films, including Where’s Poppa (1970), Oh, God! (1977), The Jerk (1979) and All of Me (1984)...or as father of actor-writer-director-producer Rob Reiner and husband of jazz vocalist Estelle Reiner...or as the recipient of twelve Emmy Awards...or...

Born in the Bronx, Reiner is the son of a watchmaker. At Evander Childs High School, his interest was baseball, but at age sixteen he took a job as a machinist’s helper in the millinery trade. He simultaneously enrolled in drama school for eight months and landed a part as a second tenor in an updated version of The Merry Widow.

Reiner subsequently served in World War II, first training as a radio operator in the Air Force, followed by an assignment to Georgetown University to study French in order to become an interpreter, then as a Teletype operator in the Signal Corps, and later as a comedian and actor with Maurice Evans’ Special Services Entertainment Unit.  He toured the Pacific for eighteen months in G.I. revues.

Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he won the leading role in the national company of Call Me Mister and after three more years in various Broadway musicals, joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on Your Show of Shows.

In 1958, his first novel, Enter Laughing, was published. An autobiographical work, the book chronicled Reiner’s frustrations as a young machinist helper in the millinery trade and his eventual entry into show business.  The book subsequently became the basis for a Broadway play (adapted by Joe Stein) and feature film (directed and co-produced by Reiner) of the same name.

In 1961, Reiner conceived The Dick Van Dyke Show, which would become one of the most famous and best loved sitcoms in television history. Of course, audiences have never forgotten his co-starring role on the show as the toupee-wearing producer, Alan Brady. That same year, he wrote his first feature film, The Thrill of It All, for Doris Day and James Garner.

Reiner’s other feature film credits as a director include: The Comic (1969), co-written by Reiner and Aaron Ruben; Where’s Poppa? (1970), starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon; Oh, God! (1977), starring George Burns; films with actor Steve Martin: The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), The Man With Two Brains (1983) and All of Me (1984); Summer Rental (1985), with John Candy; The One And Only (1978), with Henry Winkler; Summer School (1987), with Mark Harmon; Bert Rigby, You’re A Fool! (1989), which Reiner also wrote; Sibling Rivalry (1990), with Kirstie Alley; Fatal Instinct (1993) with Armand Assante and Kate Nelligan; and That Old Feeling (1997), with Bette Midler and Dennis Farina. Mr. Reiner and Mel Brooks released a CD and book with new material in Oct. 1997, The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000. (Harper Collins Publisher and Rhino Records Distributor)

His motion picture acting credits include a starring role in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966), and featured or cameo roles in It’s A Man, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Gazebo (1959), Generation (1969), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), The End (1978), and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). His most recent acting role was of Sol in the remake of Ocean’s 11 in 2002.  He is the voice of one of the characters in Good Boy, which opened in October 2003. He reprised his role of Saul in Ocean’s 12, which opened December, 2004 and Ocean’s 13 which opened in June 2007.

His TV acting credits include features roles in Beggars and Choosers, Family Law, The Bernie Mack Show, Crossing Jordan, The Bonnie Hunt Show and, most recently, Boston Legal.   He is the voice of one of the characters in the new DreamWorks animated television show Father Of The Pride. TV Land produced and broadcast an animated half-hour pilot of Reiner’s famous character, Alan Brady.  He’s also had recurring roles in Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates as well as animated TV show Family Guy from 20th Century Fox.

His second novel, All Kinds of Love, was published in 1993.  His third novel, Continue Laughing, was published in l995.  How Paul Robeson Saved My Life, a book of short stories, was published in l999.  His latest book, My Anecdotal Life, was published in April of 2003 and his children’s book, Tell Me A Scary Story, was published in Fall 2003. The Two Thousand Year Old Man Goes To School was published Spring 2005.  NNNNN, a novel, was published in February 2006.  Another book, Just Desserts, was published in July 2009.  He has published two other children’s books: Tell Me Another Scary Story and Tell Me A Silly Story. Carl’s memoir, I Remember Me, was published in January 2012.

In 2014, the second volume of his memoirs, I Just Remembered, was published. The third volume, What I Forgot To Remember, was published last year, along with another children’s book, The Secret Treasure of Taka Pahka. His next book, Why and When The Dick Van Dyke Show Was Born, was also released in 2015.  His latest, Carl Reiner, Now You’re Ninety-Four, was just released in November 2016.

Reiner was married for 64 years to Estelle, before her passing in October 2008.  They are also parents of two other children: Annie Reiner, a poet-painter-playwright-psychoanalyst; and Lucas Reiner, a painter-screenwriter-director.  They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.  He calls all three of his children “terribly civilized, wonderful human beings.”

Rob Reiner Biography

Rob Reiner first came to fame as an actor in the landmark television series All In the Family but went on to become the acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures of the past few decades, deftly moving among many styles.  His work ranges from the pure comedy of This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and The Princess Bride (1987) to the intense drama of Stand By Me (1986), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992) and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996); from the romantic comedy of When Harry Met Sally… (1989), The American President (1995) and Flipped (2010) to the poignant comedy-drama, The Bucket List (2007), And So It Goes (2014) starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, Being Charlie (2015), which was co-written by Reiner’s son, Nick and LBJ (2016) starring Woody Harrelson, and he is currently in post production on his latest Shock and Awe which again stars Woody Harrelson along with Alec Baldwin, Tommy Lee Jones and James Marsden.

Reiner is also a vigorous political activist and was instrumental in establishing the California Children & Families Commission, which he chaired for seven years. Recently, he and his wife Michele joined with the American Foundation for Equal Rights to bring the landmark federal court challenge to California’s Prop. 8, the ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. 

About The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX ®

Since 1927, The TCL Chinese Theatre has been the home of the most important, star powered red carpet movie premieres and special events, where Hollywood’s biggest and brightest talents have come to watch their movies.  The most famous movie theatre on the globe is world-renowned for its unique forecourt of the stars, featuring cement hand and footprints of major movie stars, from Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt, and numerous stars from all eras of Hollywood. In 2013, the main theatre was relaunched as the world’s largest IMAX® theatre.