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76. Andrew Scheinman ’73
Their ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Moment
One of the most productive collaborations in Hollywood might never had happened if Andrew Scheinman ’73 hadn’t been a tennis player and Rob Reiner hadn’t been, well, a klutz.
Scheinman met his future Castle Rock Entertainment partner in 1974 on a lark during his second day in Hollywood at a tennis club.
“I walk in and there’s Rob,” Scheinman said in a video interview for DP/30’s “The Oral History of Hollywood,” hosted on YouTube. “And I had met a couple people back East who knew him. I went over and said hello, and he said, ‘Well, let’s hit a few tennis balls.’ So we play. The thing’s over. And Rob goes, ‘Well, my keys just fell down the grate and I can’t get home.’ So I give him a ride home.”
Within a few years, they became writing and producing collaborators. Their string of hits includes the films “Stand by Me,” “The Princess Bride,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men” and the television show “Seinfeld,” among other favorites.
Reiner compared their “meet cute” to the 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally,” which they also made.
“We’ve been in this marriage a long time, and yet we’ve never, ever kissed,” Reiner said.