Published On: Tue, Feb 25th, 2014

Rob Reiner This Year’s Recipient Of The Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award

The veteran film director, producer and actor chosen to be awarded the 41st annual Chaplin Award by The Film Society of  the Lincoln Center.

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Rob Reiner will join a select few of Hollywood icons this spring when he steps up to become the recipient of the 41st Chaplin Award,  presented annually by The Film Society of  the Lincoln Center.

Previous recipients of  the Chaplin Award include Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock,  Tom Hanks and Barbra Streisand with the first award in 1972 going to Charlie Chaplin himself.

The  Lincoln Society picked out Reiner  for this year’s award as a result of his multiple talents which has seen him excel on both sides of the camera on the small screen as well as the larger one, directing such movie classics as When Harry Met Sally, This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and Stand By Me, starring in the long-running fifties TV show All in the Family and most recently making a rare  film appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio

Announcing the award winning Lincoln Center Film Society Board Chairman,  Ann Tenenbaum described Rainer  as being a master multi-hyphenate who has been responsible for some of the most enduring and entertaining films in recent history.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is based in New York City and is regarded as being among the world’s most prominent film presentation organizations. Founded in 1969  by  Martin E. Segal,  Schuyler G. Chapin and William F. May, three Lincoln Center executives, the film society’s focus its activities in two directions,  firstly by placing an annual Spotlight on the works  of American Independent and World Cinema as well as recognizing and supporting a new generation of filmmakers.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, one of the eleven resident organizations in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, organizes an annual Gala Tribute, which honors key players in the movie industry. The Gallup tribute is traditionally held at the  Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City , where Reiner will step up to receive his award on April 28th.


Rob Reiner, after completing his studies at the UCLA Film School, began his career in the entertainment industry as a writer working behind the scenes on  the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour during the late sixties.

Reiner first caught the eye of the television public when he played the part of Michael Stivic, better known as “Meathead” the long-suffering son-in-law of Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O’Connor) in the long-running TV series “ All in the Family.”

While playing the role of “ Meathead”  earned Rob Reiner two Emmy Awards during the Nineteen Seventies, it also brought with one of the worst cases and of typecasting in TV history, which according to Reiner has stayed with him throughout his career in the entertainment industry, during which he has more or less given up on acting to become a highly successful producer and film director.

One of the most famous quotes that Reiner made during his career was that “If I were ever to be awarded a  Nobel Prize, then the headlines would scream out ‘Meathead wins the Nobel Prize’”.

From the 1980s onwards, Rob Reiner’s career was more focused on film direction, with his most notable successes being When Harry Met Sally , Stand by Me, A Few Good Men and Misery.


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