Rob Sch­nei­der

Shepparton News - - VIEWPOINT - Pic­ture: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Happy birth­day to­day to Amer­i­can ac­tor, co­me­dian and screen­writer Rob Sch­nei­der (1963-). In the wake of the Har­vey We­in­stein sex­ual ha­rass­ment saga, Sch­nei­der de­bunked the myth ac­tors were not sub­jected to in­ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vances. While ac­knowl­edg­ing ac­tresses were pre­dom­i­nately the tar­gets of in­dus­try abuse, the ac­tor told his per­sonal ha­rass­ment story in­volv­ing a now-de­ceased di­rec­tor who once made a sex­ual ap­proach to­ward him. Sch­nei­der de­clined to name his ‘‘fa­mous’’ at­tacker, in­stead us­ing his ac­count to high­light the is­sue. ‘‘It hap­pens to ac­tors, young ac­tors who are in a po­si­tion of no power,’’ he said. Born in the Cal­i­for­nian city of San Fran­cisco in 1963, Sch­nei­der turned to com­edy while still at Terra Nova High School and started to per­form on the club cir­cuit after grad­u­a­tion. His slap­stick com­edy even­tu­ally caught the at­ten­tion of the in­dus­try elite and he opened for the likes of Jay Leno and Jerry Se­in­feld. In 1990, Sch­nei­der was called up to the bright lights of net­work tele­vi­sion as a writer on the long-run­ning Amer­i­can sketch com­edy show Satur­day Night Live. After a guest ap­pear­ance on Se­in­feld in 1996, Sch­nei­der part­nered with Adam San­dler in The Water­boy in 1998 and Big Daddy the fol­low­ing year. During the next decade, the ac­tor played roles in at least a dozen San­dler-led pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing Mr Deeds in 2002, 50 First Dates in 2004, Click in 2006 and Grown Ups in 2010. Sch­nei­der found his feet as a lead ac­tor in 1999 film Deuce Bi­ga­low: Male Gigolo, which earned a se­quel in 2005. In 2007 he made his di­rec­to­rial de­but with Big Stan. Sch­nei­der mar­ried tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Pa­tri­cia Azarcoya Arce in 2011 and the pair has two daugh­ters.

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