Edward Ernest Reinhold Jr.
May 21, 1957
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Education||University of Mary Washington|
Palm Beach State College
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold Jr. (born May 21, 1957) is an American actor who is best known for his work in Hollywood films during the 1980s. He has starred in several popular films such as Stripes (1981), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Gremlins (1984) and Ruthless People (1986). He has co-starred in all of the films in the Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 1987, and 1994) and The Santa Clause franchises (1994, 2002 and 2006).
Reinhold was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Regina Celeste (née Fleming; 1923-2023) and Edward Ernest Reinhold (1907–1977), a trial lawyer. He was raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia and attended Alexis I. duPont High School until his family moved to Martin County, Florida prior to his junior year in high school. He attended Mary Washington College and Palm Beach Community College. His maternal grandfather was from County Meath, Ireland.
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. "I thought my career would really take off after that role," Reinhold said later. "Instead, Sean's career took off."
Beverly Hills Cop and stardom
The film's success led to Reinhold being given starring roles in Roadhouse 66 (1985), Head Office (1985) and Off Beat, but none of those were particularly successful. However, Ruthless People (1986), where he had a supporting role, was a big hit. That year, he said in an interview, "In my movies I portray this 'Everyman' persona, someone everybody can empathize with. People can identify with a guy like me."
Reinhold tried to get financing for a film based on Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novel Tourist Season, but it was never made. Instead, he appeared in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), which was another large success.
Reinhold was given the lead in Vice Versa (1988). Vice Versa flopped. "That was really the end of my highfalutin Hollywood career," Reinhold said later. "That's when the phone stopped ringing." He also developed a reputation for being difficult on set. "I was spoiled, and I was arrogant," said Reinhold of this period later. "I was very demanding, had an overblown image of who I was and got a reputation for being difficult. And rightfully so."
Return to supporting roles
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 reprised the latter role of Dr. Neal Miller in The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).
Reinhold was nominated for an Emmy for a role on Seinfeld in which he played the "close talker" who develops an obsession with Jerry's parents. He can also be 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 appeared in the 2008 political satire Swing Vote.
Reinhold was nicknamed "Judge" because, when he was a baby, he looked stern and judge-like.
Reinhold was arrested at Dallas Love Field airport on December 8, 2016, for disorderly conduct after objecting to a patdown from security shortly after he was released from the hospital following an adverse reaction to a medication. He spent ten hours in jail and accepted a deferred adjudication agreement under which charges would be dismissed in 90 days.
In popular culture
Reinhold has occasionally been referred to in film and television, largely in reference to his nickname, Judge. The earliest example was Clerks: The Animated Series, where Reinhold voiced a judge called Judge Reinhold. In the Becker episode "Trials and Defibrillations", the presiding judge is called Judge (Miriam) Reinhold.
In Arrested Development, Reinhold, playing himself, appears as the judge of a fictional court show, a parody of such series as The People's Court, Judge Judy and Judge Mathis. In the film Fanboys, Billy Dee Williams appears as a courtroom judge named "Judge Reinhold".
Awards and nominations
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- "Weddings: Miller/Reinhold". Boca Raton News. February 6, 2000. p. 29. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "Marriage Announcement: Attorney is Fiance of Regina Fleming". The New York Times. May 26, 1954. p. 37. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- Cormier, Ryan (2006-02-10). "Wilmington's Judge Reinhold reminisces about Rockford Park, previews role on Finale of 'Arrested'". The News Journal. p. 45. Retrieved 2021-07-05 – via Newspapers.com.
- Streeter, Leslie Grey (April 17, 2018). "Did you know these 31 celebrities lived, went to school in Lake Worth?". Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- @JudgeReinhold (May 25, 2020). "@RonanNissenbaum @KevinABarron @cp_0b My grandfather was born in County Meath - that puts me on the path to citizen…" (Tweet). Retrieved June 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
- Davis, Chuck (August 3, 1986). "Judge Reinhold Courts Stardom". The Oklahoman. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Rhodes, Joe (March 15, 1992). "Judge For Yourself: Reinhold Talks About His Rapid Rise and Fall--and His Current Film on showtime". Los Angeles Times.
- "46th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- Anderton, Joe (September 5, 2022). "Beverly Hills Cop 4 set photo confirms two original characters returning for Netflix sequel". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
- Wilonsky, Robert (January 18, 2017). "Judge Reinhold pleads no contest to Dec. 8 dust-up with TSA, DPD at Love Field". The Dallas Morning News.
- Jones, Patty (March 31, 2009). "Fanboys serves up fun but forgettable geek love". The Georgia Straight.