Jack the Bear is a 1993 American drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Dan McCall, and starring Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Miko Hughes, and Gary Sinise. Jack Leary (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) and his younger brother Dylan (Miko Hughes) start over in Oakland, California in 1972 following the death of the boys' mother Elizabeth. The boys live with their father John (Danny DeVito), who entertains late-night horror film audiences as Midnight Shriek host-commentator "Al Gory." Though devoted to his two sons, John has a drinking problem that disrupts the smooth running of the household. Some parental duties fall to Jack, who takes Dylan to his first day of preschool. Elizabeth's parents make regular visits. One of the Learys' neighbors, a young man named Norman Strick (Gary Sinise) who walks with a cane due to a twisted leg he suffered from a car accident as a teen, is an anti-social neo-Nazi who feels the neighborhood is going downhill.