Judge Reinhold

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Judge Reinhold
Judge Reinhold at the 47th Emmy Awards afterparty cropped and airbrushed.jpg
Reinhold at the 47th Emmy Awards (1994)
Born Edward Ernest Reinhold, Jr.
(1957-05-21) May 21, 1957 (age 57)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Carrie Frazier (1985–1986)
Amy Miller (2000–present)

Edward Ernest Reinhold, Jr. (born May 21, 1957), known by his stage name Judge Reinhold, is an American actor, known for co-starring in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop, Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Santa Clause trilogy.

Early life[edit]

Reinhold was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Regina Celeste (née Fleming) and Edward Ernest Reinhold, Sr., a trial lawyer.[1][2][3] He was raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, until his family moved to Martin County, Florida, prior to his junior year in high school.[citation needed] His father nicknamed him "Judge" when he was just two weeks old.

Reinhold graduated from Martin County High School, although he attended Alexis I. duPont High School for his 9th and 10th grade. He went on to attend Mary Washington College and North Carolina School of the Arts,[citation needed] after which he performed at various regional theaters, including Burt Reynolds' Dinner Theater in Jupiter, Florida.[citation needed]


Reinhold has appeared in more than 60 films. His first appearance on screen was in the Wonder Woman episode "Amazon Hot Wax" (1979), in which he played Jeff Gordon, a singer who gets caught up in an extortion ring in the music business.[citation needed] Reinhold's first major film role was as high school senior Brad Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) along with then-unknown actors Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Nicolas Cage. He appeared in an uncredited role in Pat Benatar's music video for "Shadows of the Night." He later played Detective Billy Rosewood, the junior police detective sent to trail Eddie Murphy, in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), and in 1986, starred in Ruthless People.

Reinhold starred in the Canadian hard rock band Harem Scarem's 1992 music video "Honestly" as the male love interest.

In 1994, Reinhold appeared in Beverly Hills Cop III and The Santa Clause. He has reprised the role of Dr. Neil Miller for the Santa Clause sequels as well. Reinhold appeared as himself on two episodes of the third season of Arrested Development, headlining a fictional court TV show called Mock Trial with J. Reinhold.[citation needed]

Reinhold was nominated for an Emmy for a role on Seinfeld in which he played the infamous "close talker" who developed an obsession with Jerry's parents. He has also been seen in Steven Spielberg's epic miniseries Into the West and replaced Charles Grodin in two direct-to-video movies in the Beethoven film series.

Reinhold was featured in the 2008 political satire Swing Vote.

Reinhold's nickname "Judge" has been the subject of comedy in both Clerks: The Animated Series and Arrested Development, both times with him playing himself appointed as a judge in a court of law. Additionally, the 2009 film Fanboys features Billy Dee Williams playing a judge named Reinhold.[4]

Reinhold is credited as the whistler on the Martini Ranch song "Reach."[citation needed]


Year Title Role
1980 Running Scared LeRoy
Magnum P.I. Seaman Wolf
1981 Stripes Elmo
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Brad Hamilton
Pandemonium Glen Dandy
1983 The Lords of Discipline Macabbee
WarGames Unnamed NORAD U.S. Airman (Uncredited in Film)
1984 Gremlins Gerald
Roadhouse 66 Beckman Hallsgood Jr.
Beverly Hills Cop Det. William "Billy" Rosewood
1986 Head Office Jack Issel
Off Beat Joe Gower
Ruthless People Ken Kessler
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Det. William Rosewood
1988 Vice Versa Marshall Seymour
1989 Rosalie Goes Shopping Priest
1990 Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? Harmony
1990 Enid Is Sleeping; re-released as Over Her Dead Body Harry
1991 Zandalee Thierry Martin
1992 Black Magic Alex Gage
Four Eyes and Six-Guns Earnest Allbright
1993 Bank Robber Officer Gross
1994 Seinfeld Aaron (the "close talker")
The Santa Clause Dr. Neil Miller
Beverly Hills Cop III Sgt. William Rosewood
1995 Adventures in Wonderland Doctor
1997 Hostage Train Jack Wild
Runaway Car (TV Film) Ed Lautner
1998 Family Plan Jeffrey Chase
1999 My Brother the Pig Richard Caldwell
NetForce Will Stiles
2000 Beethoven's 3rd Richard Newton
Ping! Louie
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Himself (voice)
2001 Beethoven's 4th Richard Newton
2001 Hollywood Palm David
2002 Santa Clause 2 Dr. Neil Miller
Dead in a Heartbeat Lt. Tom Royko
2003 The King of Queens Dr. Roy Crawford
Thanksgiving Family Reunion Dr. Mitch Snyder
2004 Monk Alby Drake
The Hollow Carl Cranston
2005 Into the West Douglas Hillman
Teen Titans Negative Man (Voice)
The Boondocks Mr. Uberwitz (voice)
2006 Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Dr. Neil Miller
Arrested Development Himself
2008 Swing Vote Walt
2009 Dr. Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts Network Executive
2016 Beverly Hills Cop 4 William Rosewood


  1. ^ Judge Reinhold Biography from FilmReference.com
  2. ^ "Boca Raton News - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  3. ^ "ATTORNEY IS FIANCE OF REGINA FLEMING - Marriage Announcement - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Billy Dee Williams filmography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 

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