Rob Riggle sits down with me to chat about his latest movie, The War with Grandpa and working with Robert De Niro. Rob plays Art Decker, who is the father of the main character in the film, Peter Decker. We talk about fatherhood and the lessons his kids have taught him. Rob shares his creative process and going from the Marine Corps to Hollywood. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About Rob Riggle
Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films and television for more than 15 years. Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover and Step Brothers. He was also on Saturday Night Live and as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Additional credits include The Other Guys, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and Dumb and Dumber To. Riggle also recently appeared in Warner Bros.’ war drama 12 Strong and Open Road Films’ Midnight Sun. The latter of which he received critical acclaim for his performance.
As he broke into comedy, Riggle was still on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. He initially joined at the age of 19. Rising through the ranks, Riggle served in various countries including Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle retired from the Marine Corps Reserve. He served 23 years total. 9 years active duty and 14 years in the reserves. He earned more than 22 medals and ribbons including the Combat Action Ribbon.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Riggle attended Shawnee Mission South High School and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Theater & Film. He later received a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Follow Rob on Twitter at @RobRiggle.
About War With Grandpa
Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid. He likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family things change. Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks. He does this to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences.
Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa is a hilarious family comedy featuring an all-star supporting cast: Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.
About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast
The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.