Carl Reiner, the legendary Hollywood entertainer and master satirist best known as the creator, producer, writer, and occasional funnyman on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the early 1960s has died. He was 98.
Reiner died Monday night at his Beverly Hills home with his family by his side, according to entertainment website TMZ.
The elder Reiner’s career spanned seven decades as a comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher. His name is listed on at least 400 productions in film and television. His final film credit was “Toy Story 4” in 2019 as the voice of Carl Reineroceros.
Noel Coward was the single most prolific writer of musical comedies, plays, songs and films. He also found time to critique performances with barbs such as, “They were like two paper bags belaboring each other.”
Carl Reiner, one of the funniest comedians of his generation, won a total of nine Emmy Awards, one Grammy, and The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
To any young actors who want to pursue comedy, Study Carl Reiner. Go down a YouTube spiral right now. Start with Sid Caesar and Our Show of Shows and go from there. He was THE MASTER. Thank you for the hundred year Master Class, Sir. You will be missed. ❤️ #ripCarlReiner
After the show ended in 1966, Reiner went on to star in many feature films, including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World,” and “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.”
What I am most proud of are, creating The Dick Van Dyke Show and informing Mel Brooks that he's 2000 Years Old and knows everything. This, and a lot more, in my Dispatches From Quarantine: https://t.co/tPhSMRBiiM cc: @SlvrScnStudios
Films that he co-wrote or directed also stand out, including “Oh, God!” with late comedian George Burns in 1977, and “The Jerk” with Steve Martin in 1979. He also played comic roles in both those films.
After “The Jerk,” Reiner and Martin teamed up again in several films including “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Man with Two Brains” and “All of Me” in 1984.
Reiner also directed the likes of John Candy, Bette Midler, Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, and Carrie Fisher.
His more recent acting credits came on “Two and a Half Men,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “House.” He was also in “Ocean’s 11” in 2001 and “Ocean’s Thirteen” in 2007.
Reiner was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 20, 1922.
His parents were Jewish immigrants.
Reiner was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1943 and served during World War II.
He developed an interest in theater during his enlistment and found instant success with the unit that traveled between the battles of the Pacific to entertain the troops. Reiner had found his niche.
After an honorable discharge in 1946, Reiner packed his bags for Broadway and performed in several musicals, including “Inside U.S.A.” and “Alive and Kicking.” He even played a leading role in “Call Me Mister.”
By 1950 he was appearing in TV variety shows, working alongside directors Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen as a cast member on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.”
He and Brooks also formed a popular comedy duo on “The Steve Allen Show” beginning in 1960.
Reiner wrote a semi-autobiographical novel in 1958 called “Enter Laughing,” which was also the title of the first movie he directed in 1967.
Prior to that, he directed The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 until 1966.
Reiner was married for 64 years to singer Estelle Lebost until her death in 2008. She was eight years older than Reiner. Estelle was the woman who famously said “I’ll have what she’s having” in Rob Reiner’s 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally.”
Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost---who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of show business legend Carl Reiner. An innovator, entertainer and beloved icon, his nearly century of life was like a roadmap through American culture. His wit and courage never left him. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Carl Reiner was comedy genius. Often that genius made other funny people even funnier. But give him a stage and he could spin laughter out of any moment. I watched him do it time and again. His contributions to comedy are eternal. And a lovely man, as well. #ripCarlReiner
Condolences to the family of Carl Reiner. From the writers room of Sid Caesar to recreating those times for the Dick Van Dyke show, Carl was a master at his craft. I knew him only peripherally but it was a pleasure to have known him.😞