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)
BornEdward Ernest Reinhold, Jr.
(1957-05-21) May 21, 1957 (age 57)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Carrie Frazier (1985–1986)
Amy Miller (2000–present)
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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)
BornEdward Ernest Reinhold, Jr.
(1957-05-21) May 21, 1957 (age 57)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Years active1979–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 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]

Reinhold will return as Det. William Rosewood for the fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop series with Eddie Murphy set for 2016 release date with Rush Hour's Brett Ratner in the directing chair.[5][6]


1979Wonder WomanJeffrey Gordon (Amazon Hot Wax - original air date 2/16/1979)
1980Running ScaredLeRoy
Magnum P.I.Seaman Wolf
1982Fast Times at Ridgemont HighBrad Hamilton
PandemoniumGlen Dandy
1983The Lords of DisciplineMacabbee
WarGamesUnnamed NORAD U.S. Airman (Uncredited in Film)
Roadhouse 66Beckman Hallsgood Jr.
Beverly Hills CopDet. William "Billy" Rosewood
1986Head OfficeJack Issel
Off BeatJoe Gower
Ruthless PeopleKen Kessler
1987Beverly Hills Cop IIDet. William Rosewood
1988Vice VersaMarshall Seymour
1989Rosalie Goes ShoppingPriest
1990Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?Harmony
1990Enid Is Sleeping; re-released as Over Her Dead BodyHarry
1991ZandaleeThierry Martin
1992Black MagicAlex Gage
Four Eyes and Six-GunsEarnest Allbright
1993Bank RobberOfficer Gross
1994SeinfeldAaron (the "close talker")
The Santa ClauseDr. Neil Miller
Beverly Hills Cop IIISgt. William Rosewood
1995Adventures in WonderlandDoctor
1997Hostage TrainJack Wild
Runaway Car (TV Film)Ed Lautner
1998Family PlanJeffrey Chase
1999My Brother the PigRichard Caldwell
NetForceWill Stiles
2000Beethoven's 3rdRichard Newton
2000Clerks: The Animated SeriesHimself (voice)
2001Beethoven's 4thRichard Newton
2001Hollywood PalmDavid
2002Santa Clause 2Dr. Neil Miller
Dead in a HeartbeatLt. Tom Royko
2003The King of QueensDr. Roy Crawford
Thanksgiving Family ReunionDr. Mitch Snyder
2004MonkAlby Drake
The HollowCarl Cranston
2005Into the WestDouglas Hillman
Teen TitansNegative Man (Voice)
The BoondocksMr. Uberwitz (voice)
2006Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseDr. Neil Miller
Arrested DevelopmentHimself
2008Swing VoteWalt
2009Dr. Dolittle Million Dollar MuttsNetwork Executive
2016Beverly Hills Cop 4William 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. 
  5. ^ "JUDGE REINHOLD ON WHAT HAPPENED TO BEVERLY HILLS COP 4". moviehole. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop 4' gets a 2016 release date, and we have a few burning questions". insidemovies. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 

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