Two of entertainment industry brightest stars – Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner – left their hands’ and feet imprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Being invited to leave the prints in concrete is one of Hollywood’s greatest honors. What made this particular ceremony so special is the fact that the father and son were celebrated at the same time, together. There is precedence for a father and son to receive this honor (I’m referring to Kirk and Michael Douglas) but their respective ceremonies took place 35 years apart.
Carl Reiner (95), perhaps best known as the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and one of the show’s stars, is a successful writer, actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards.
Rob Reiner (70), the popular Meathead, Archie Bunker’s son-in-law in “All In The Family”, grew up to become a successful director of such Oscar-nominated films as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. His two latest films – LBJ and Shock and Awe – carry considerable political weight, especially in today’s climate.
The father and son already have neighboring stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater was attended by the Reiners’ fans, family and friends as well as the creator of “All In The Family” Norman Lear and Billy Crystal who paid tribute to the honorees.
The occasion honored the Reiners’ memorable contributions to the entertainment industry. The fact that both Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner were celebrated together speaks volumes not only about their talent and achievements but also about their remarkable bond. Their mutual love and respect was obvious for all to see. In addition to their shared commitment to culture, they are both patriots and lifelong democrats deeply concerned about the course our Country is taking.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm