“The Tender Bar” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author J.R. Moehringer’s memoir. It is a classic American coming-of-age story set in the 1970s and 80s.
Moehringer grew up fatherless but looked to his sharp and charismatic uncle who served as a father figure.
Daniel Ranieri plays young J.R.
His Uncle Charlie is played by Ben Affleck, his mother is played by Lily Rabe and his grandfather played by Christopher Lloyd.
This is Ranieri’s very first acting role and he was discovered because of a viral video he made, which Jimmy Kimmel saw.
Kimmel subsequently invited him on his show. George Clooney saw him on Kimmel and knew he was right for the role.
This segment originally aired on Dec. 12, 2021, on the KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News.