HEART TO HEART

TV’s out­spo­ken son talks about rais­ing his own kids

Closer Weekly - - Contents - — Ilyssa Panitz

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

daugh­ter Romy...

…and Jean Sta­ple­ton, Car­roll

O’Con­nor and Sally Struthers on All in the Fam­ily in

the ’70s

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