Actor Judge Reinhold was born on May 21, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware. Given the name Edward Ernest, he earned his nickname from his father, who worked as a trial lawyer. He was raised in Virginia but later moved with his family to Florida. He graduated at the Mary Washington College back in Virginia, before moving to the North Carolina School of the Arts. He then began his career in regional theater, appearing in numerous stage productions.
Reinhold, however, is best known for his varied film career. Shortly after small television roles, he made his film debut in the 1980 action drama Running Scared. Two years later, he gained prominence with his role in Fast Times at Richmond High, which also served as the launching point for actors such as Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage and Forest Whitaker. Two more years later, he appeared alongside Eddie Murphy in the comedy film Beverly Hills Cop; the franchise proved to be a success, and he reprised his role as junior detective Billy Rosewood in the two sequels in 1986 and 1994. Other more successful films include 1986’s Ruthless People and 1988’s Vice Versa and A Soldier’s Tale.
The 1990s was also a prolific period for Reinhold, especially with his role in 1994’s The Santa Clause. The Christmas comedy featuring Tim Allen was also similarly successful; it launched a film franchise, and he appeared in two sequels, released in 2002 and 2006. During this time, he also attempted to crack the television scene, with appearances in numerous made-for-television features, and more intermittent guest roles in regular series. His more recent guest roles include those in Monk, The King of Queens and Arrested Development. In 2008, he took a role in the short-lived drama series Easy Money, as a member of a family of loan sharks.