Judge Reinhold

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Judge Reinhold
Judge Reinhold at the 47th Emmy Awards afterparty cropped and airbrushed.jpg
Reinhold in 1994
Edward Ernest Reinhold Jr.

(1957-05-21) May 21, 1957 (age 64)
EducationUniversity of Mary Washington
Palm Beach State College
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
  • Actor
Years active1979–present
  • Carrie Frazier (1985–1986)
  • Amy Miller
    (m. 2000)

Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold Jr. (born May 21, 1957) is an American actor who has starred in several Hollywood movies, such as Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Stripes and Gremlins, and co-starred in all of the films in the Beverly Hills Cop and The Santa Clause trilogies.

Early life[edit]

Reinhold was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Regina Celeste (née Fleming) and Edward Ernest Reinhold, a trial lawyer.[1][2] 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.[3] He attended Mary Washington College and Palm Beach Community College.[4]

His family nicknamed him "Judge" because, when he was a baby, he looked stern and judge-like.[5]

He is a Christian.[6]


Reinhold has appeared in more than 60 films.

Early roles[edit]

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]

He had a lead role in the movie Running Scared (1980) and a support part in the comedy Stripes (1981) which was a big hit. He was one of many names in the flop comedy Pandemonium (1982).

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."[5]

Reinhold had small roles in The Lords of Discipline (1983) and Gremlins (1984), and he appeared in an uncredited role in Pat Benatar's music video for "Shadows of the Night".

Beverly Hills Cop and stardom[edit]

Reinhold's career began to gain momentum when he played Detective Billy Rosewood, the junior police detective sent to trail Eddie Murphy's character, in Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

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 support 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."[5]

Reinhold tried to get financing for a film based on Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novel Tourist Season, but it was never made.[5] 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."[7]

Return to supporting roles[edit]

He had supporting roles in Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989) and Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? (1990) and the lead in Enid Is Sleeping (1991) and Zandalee (1991).

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 role of Dr. Neal Miller for the Santa Clause sequels.

Later career[edit]

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.[8] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

Reinhold has occasionally been referred to in film and television, largely in reference to his first name, Judge. In the film Fanboys, Billy Dee Williams appears as a courtroom judge named "Judge Reinhold".[10] 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, Lauren Lake's Paternity Court, Judge Judy and Judge Mathis. Reinhold similarly voiced his own portrayal in Clerks: The Animated Series, in which he was also portrayed as a courtroom judge.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Seinfeld Nominated


  1. ^ "Weddings: Miller/Reinhold". Boca Raton News. February 6, 2000. p. 29. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  2. ^ "Marriage Announcement: Attorney is Fiance of Regina Fleming". The New York Times. May 26, 1954. p. 37. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Streeter, Leslie Grey (April 17, 2018). "Did you know these 31 celebrities lived, went to school in Lake Worth?". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Davis, Chuck (August 3, 1986). "Judge Reinhold Courts Stardom". The Oklahoman. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  6. ^ url=https://www.inquisitr.com/3781002/judge-reinhold-arrested-what-got-the-santa-clause-star-on-the-naughty-list/
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "46th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Fanboys (2009)". IMDb. 13 February 2009.

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