Carl Reiner, legendary actor/director and creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Monday evening. He was 98.
Reiner died of natural causes, surrounded by his family at his home in Beverly Hills, a representative for the actor told TheWrap.
“Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light,” Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner’s son, tweeted Tuesday morning.
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An 11-time Emmy winner and 18-time Emmy nominee, Reiner is best known as the creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which he starred on with Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.
Born in The Bronx, New York City on Mary 20, 1922 to Jewish immigrants Irving and Bessie Reiner, Carl Reiner began his career doing Broadway musicals in the late ’40s, including the leading role in “Call Me Mister.”
Reiner went on to become a writer and actor on Sid Caesar’s variety shows “Caesar’s Hour” and “Your Show of Shows” from 1950 to 1957. It was writing for those shows where Reiner met Mel Brooks, who he teamed up with for the two-man comedy routine “The 2000 Year Old Man,” which spawned numerous comedy albums and one Grammy award.
Another frequent collaborator of Reiner’s was Steve Martin, who starred in Reiner’s films “The Jerk,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Man with Two Brains” and “All of Me.”
As a TV actor, Reiner is best known for playing Alan Brady on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” along with numerous guest-starring roles on “House,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” On the film side, his memorable movie roles include parts in 1963’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World,” 1966’s “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy and recently lent his voice to “Toy Story 4.”
In 2018, at the age of 96, Reiner became the oldest person ever nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for narrating of the HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which chronicles the lives of a number of vibrant people in their 90s, including Reiner.
Reiner didn’t end up winning that Emmy, with Norman Lear taking the title of oldest Emmy nominee (and also winner) the following year, but readers can find TheWrap’s interview with Reiner about his notable nomination here.
In 2000, Reiner was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Reiner wed singer Estelle Lebost in 1943 and the two were married for 64 years until her death in 2008. Reiner is the father of actor and director Rob Reiner, author Annie Reiner and artist Lucas Reiner.
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