Executive producer of the critically acclaimed hit NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" entered the entertainment industry as a producer of several Charlton Heston features in the early 1980s ("The Mountain Men"; "T...
Actor Cary Elwes' spot-on impersonation of Bill Cosby's iconic Fat Albert cartoon character helped him land his breakthrough role in The Princess Bride. The British actor played hero Westley in the beloved 1987 film that has since defined his career, but it was his love for American television that ultimately helped him nab the lead role.
In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S talk show on Thursday (16Oct14), he recalled, "I had visited America when I was a kid with my stepfather and seen a lot of American shows. So I was already familiar with All in the Family and The Jeffersons and all kinds of shows. In England we only had two shows (sic), and when I got to America, I couldn't believe how many channels there were.
"So I was shooting an independent film in Berlin and my agent called me and said '(Director) Rob Reiner and his producing partner Andrew Scheinman are flying to Berlin to talk to you about playing Westley in The Princess Bride'...
"We started chatting and somehow Fat Albert came up and I ended up doing an impression. For some reason that made Rob laugh. He told me later, 'You know, I knew you were right for the part when you did the Fat Albert thing'. So I have Bill Cosby to thank."
Wrote the screenplay for "Bait," starring Jamie Foxx
Wrote the screenplay for the coming-of-age film "Flipped," directed by Reiner
Created, served as a creative consultant, and wrote the "preview" episode of "Homeroom", a short-lived sitcom about an urban elementary school teacher (also executive produced)
Made TV debut when he became the executive producer of "Seinfeld" (NBC); series was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1992
Worked as a professional tennis player
Produced the Academy Award-nominated (Best Picture) film "A Few Good Men"
Executive-produced crime thriller "Extreme Measures," starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman
Served as a co-producer on "The Awakening," a supernatural Heston vehicle directed by Mike Newell
Made feature-producing debut, "The Mountain Men"; first collaboration with Charlton Heston
Became one of five principal owners of Castle Rock Entertainment
Produced the drama feature "Ghosts of Mississippi," starring Alec Baldwin and James Woods
Made first collaboration with writer-director Rob Reiner as co-producer of "The Sure Thing"
Made feature directing debut, "Little Big League"
Made feature screenwriting debut (with Alan Zweibel), "North"
Earned a law degree at the University of Virginia
Produced Albert Brooks' comedy, "Modern Romance"
Executive producer of the critically acclaimed hit NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" entered the entertainment industry as a producer of several Charlton Heston features in the early 1980s ("The Mountain Men"; "The Awakening" both 1980; "Mother Lode" 1982). Before embarking on a showbiz career, Scheinman worked as a tennis pro and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. He discovered an affinity for comedy as the producer of Albert Brooks' "Modern Romance" (1981) and nurtured it further as the co-producer of Rob Reiner's teen romance/road movie "The Sure Thing" (1986). The latter project initiated a long successful collaboration with Reiner; Scheinman went on to produce "Stand By Me" (1986) and "The Princess Bride" (1987) before becoming a principal owner (along with Reiner and three others) of Castle Rock Entertainment.<p>Scheinman produced several Reiner hits spanning several genres ("When Harry Met Sally..." 1989; "Misery" 1990; "A Few Good Men" 1992) before diversifying into directing with the gentle sports comedy "Little Big League" and screenwriting (with Alan Zweibel) with Reiner's biggest flop, "North" (both 1994). Both films featured child protagonists. Kids also figured prominently in "Homeroom" (ABC, 1989), a short-lived sitcom about an urban elementary school teacher, that Scheinman created and executive produced. He continues to work in TV, co-writing and co-producing pilots for Castle Rock.