Carl Reiner, Beloved Comedy Legend, Is Dead At 98

Carl Reiner, Beloved Comedy Legend, Is Dead At 98

It is with great sadness that (via Deadline) must report the passing of writer, director, actor and comedy legend Carl Reiner of natural causes at age 98. Some of his credits include The Jerk, All of Me, The Man With Two Brains and Oh, God! It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star.

Reiner is survived by his three children, Annie, Lucas, and Rob (as in famed director, Rob Reiner).

Reiner, the Bronx-born son of a watchmaker, started in entertainment as a teenager in a touring theater troupe that performed Shakespearean plays.

But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

Hadley Freeman's Guardian feature from February on Reiner's bromance with Brooks captured a very attractive friendship.

Reiner and Brooks remained close into their late 90s with Reiner telling USA Today in 2019 that they got together regularly to watch game shows and movies.

Of his experience doing The 2,000 Year Old Man with Reiner, Brooks remembered, "There was no better straight man in the world".

When "Your Show of Shows" ended its 4-1/2-year run in 1954, Reiner followed Caesar to his next series, "Caesar's Hour", and earned his first two Emmys.

It starred Van Dyke as a television comedy writer working for a demanding, eccentric boss (Reiner) and living with his wife (Mary Tyler Moore in her first major TV role) and young son in suburban New Rochelle, N.Y.

Reiner won nine Emmy awards, including five for "The Dick Van Dyke Show". He also appeared as Alan Brady, the egotistical and overbearing boss to Van Dyke's character, stealing numerous scenes and episodes he appeared in.

He was especially proud of his books, including Enter Laughing, an autobiographical novel later adapted into a film and Broadway show; and My Anecdotal Life, a memoir published in 2003.

He acted in several movies, including the relatively recent "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequels with George Clooney.

Reiner had many guest roles on television and in supporting roles in films since the 1990s, including "Frasier", "Mad About You", "Ally McBeal", "Boston Legal", "House", "Two and a Half Men", "Hot in Cleveland", "Family Guy", "American Dad", "King of the Hill", and "Bob's Burgers".

"Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible", he wrote.

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