Carl Reiner, beloved creator of 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' dies

Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Passes Away at Age 98

RIP, Mr. Reiner. For you, we give two ever-grateful thumbs up.

American comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away from natural causes at the age of 98. That led to a writing job on "Your Show of Shows", which starred Sid Caesar, and he later teamed with Mel Brooks on "The Steve Allen Show", playing the straight man to Brooks' 2,000 Year Old Man persona. The sketch turned into five comedy albums, one of which won a Grammy, as well as an animated special in 1975, and it turned both Brooks and Reiner into big TV stars.

The show also created a star in Mary Tyler Moore who was cast as Dick Van Dyke's TV wife.

Aside from her professional life, Reiner had a fulfilling personal life as well. Running from 1961 to 1966, it's one of the most beloved and successful television comedies of all time. He also appeared as Alan Brady, the egotistical and overbearing boss to Van Dyke's character, stealing numerous scenes and episodes he appeared in.

As a result of its success, Reiner moved into feature-film-making: his directorial debut was Enter Laughing in 1967, adapted from his own autobiography about a Jewish kid trying to break into showbusiness. He would also direct Where's Poppa in 1970, and Oh, God! in 1977.


His filmography is perhaps best remembered for his run of iconic comedy movies made with Steve Martin - 1979's The Jerk, followed by Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man With Two Brains in 1983, and All Of Me in 1984 - widely considered to be some of the funniest movies ever made, filled with iconic lines and performances.

He later appeared as an elderly con man in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven. Since 2000, he has appeared in TV and film projects including Ally McBeal, Parks and Recreation, Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, and Bob's Burgers. Most recently, he voiced the character of Toy Story 4's Carl Reineroceros, who popped up again in an episode of the Disney+ followup Forky Asks a Question.

Carl Reiner's wit is well-documented through his work behind and in front of the camera, but in his final years he took to Twitter frequently to muse on art, life and to skewer Donald Trump.

He was still taking voice acting roles in his 90s and had a key role in If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, a documentary about people who keep busy into their 90s.

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