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TV’s outspoken son talks about raising his own kids
All in the Family star Rob Reiner on fame, life at 71 and becoming a grandpa!
Back in the days when families squabbled over politics (remember then?), Rob Reiner made an indelible impression as Archie Bunker’s liberal son-inlaw, Michael “Meathead” Stivic, on All in the Family. He’s long since established himself as a director, with classics like When Harry Met Sally…, Misery and A Few Good Men. Now, 47 years after his sitcom revolutionized TV, Rob’s coming full circle. After helming the 2015 addiction drama Being Charlie from his son Nick Reiner’s semiautobiographical script, he’s mixing politics and family again in the Iraq War drama Shock and Awe, the first film produced by his wife of 29 years, Michele Reiner. “I was a little nervous — I thought, What if this doesn’t work out?” Rob, 71, admits. “But it was a great experience, so we’re going to keep going!” Now, Rob opens up to Closer about his families, both on screen and off, including his legendary dad, Carl Reiner, 96.
Rob with son Jake (left), wife Michele, son Nick and
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