Judge Reinhold

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 franchises.

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 65)
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)

Early lifeEdit

Reinhold was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Regina Celeste (née Fleming; born 1923) and Edward Ernest Reinhold (1907–1977), 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 maternal grandfather was from County Meath, Ireland.[5]


Reinhold has appeared in more than 60 films.

Early rolesEdit

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 supporting 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."[6]

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 stardomEdit

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 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."[6]

Reinhold tried to get financing for a film based on Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novel Tourist Season, but it was never made.[6] 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 rolesEdit

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 latter role of Dr. Neal Miller in The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).

Later careerEdit

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.

In September 2022, it was confirmed Reinhold would reprise his role as Detective Billy Rosewood in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Reinhold was nicknamed "Judge" because, when he was a baby, he looked stern and judge-like.[6]

He is a Christian.[10]

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.[11]

In popular cultureEdit

Reinhold has occasionally been referred to in film and television, largely in reference to his first name, 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".[12]

Reinhold stars as the ex-boyfriend, terrorized by a jilted lover, in Jo-El Sonnier's 1988 music video for "Tear Stained Letter".

In The Simpsons episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover", when Marge found out that her mother was going to marry Mr. Burns, she told her that she couldn't because Burns was evil and tried to sway her toward getting together with Abraham Simpson. Jacqueline countered by saying that Abe was "an old fusspot". Marge then conceded that Grampa had his problems, but compared to Mr. Burns he was "Judge-freaking-Reinhold!" The comparison was lost on Jacqueline, however, as she didn't know who Reinhold was. Reinhold being a character actor who generally plays roles that call for an "awkward nice guy" demeanour, explains Marge's being one of his fans and having a favourable opinion of him, particularly by comparison to Mr. Burns.


Awards and nominationsEdit

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 February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ @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.
  6. ^ a b c d Davis, Chuck (August 3, 1986). "Judge Reinhold Courts Stardom". The Oklahoman. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  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. ^ 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.
  10. ^ D, Shayla (December 8, 2016). "Judge Reinhold Arrested: What Got 'The Santa Clause' Star On The Naughty List". Inquisitr.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Jones, Patty (March 31, 2009). "Fanboys serves up fun but forgettable geek love". The Georgia Straight.

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