Carl Reiner, famed comedian, writer producer, and actor, has passed away at the age of 98. Reiner was a part of Sid Caesar’s legendary crew and even went on to create The Dick Van Dyke Show, as well as directing several hit films.
The cause of death was natural causes and he passed at his Beverley Hills home, as confirmed by his assistant, Judy Nagy.
Carl Reiner is the father of filmmaker and activist, Rob Reiner, who took to Twitter to speak on his father’s passing, saying: “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 30, 2020
He married actress and comedian, Estelle Reiner, in 1943 with Estelle passing in 2008. Along with Rob, he is survived by daughter, Sylvia, and son, Lucas.
Carl Reiner was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for The Dick Van Dyke Show. As a film director, his most popular films were Oh God, starring George Burns, The Jerk, starring Steve Martin, and All of Me, starring Martin and Lily Tomlin.
Reiner was a close friend of fellow comedic legend, Mel Brooks, who he met while both were working for Caesar. The two went on to create an elongated skit called “2000 Year Old Man”, which instantly became a hit and spawned several sequels. The two remained close friends and after both of their wives had passed away, they spent every evening together eating dinner, talk, and watch Jeopardy! together.
Brooks gave his own tribute to his dear friend:
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) June 30, 2020
In his later years, Reiner was a legend of comedy, revered for his work and achievements in the industry. He was known for his versatility as a performer and multi-hyphenate. He was also good with social media, using the platform to share his ideas and beliefs. He was a staunch and vocal opponent of President Trump.
As I arose at 7:30 this morning, I was saddened to relive the day that led up to the election of a bankrupted and corrupt businessman who had no qualifications to be the leader of any country in the civilized world…
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) June 29, 2020
Reiner was a staple of comedy, and any fan of the genre is familiar with his work. A true legend has been lost, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family.
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