Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke Show Creator, Dead at 98

Carl Reiner wearing a tuxedo

A television comedy pioneer, Carl Reiner is remembered for creating the classic TV comedy "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as well as making some notable on-screen appearances.

According to Variety, Reiner, the father of director Rob Reiner, died at his home in Beverly Hills from natural causes.

Carl Reiner has passed away. Reiner, a nine-time Emmy victor, is the father of actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Carl Reiner has passed away.

In 1962, 1963 and 1964, Reiner won Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy at the Emmys for The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carl Reiner wearing sunglasses and a hat sitting next to Brad Pitt
Carl Reiner appeared in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven with Brad Pitt

"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". "He was my guiding light". In the 1990s, he reprised the Alan Brady character for an episode of Mad About You.

Reiner was born March 20, 1922, in the Bronx and was working in a factory repairing sewing machines when his brother saw an ad in the New York Daily News promoting a free acting workshop. Back out of uniform, he landed several stage roles, breaking through on Broadway in Call Me Mister. In the 1950s, fellow writers on Your Show of Shows included Brooks and Neil Simon, creating a combination of silliness and satire. In one hugely popular skit with the latter, Reiner played a straight man interviewer to Brooks's "2001 Year Old Man".

"The Van Dyke show is probably the most thrilling of my accomplishments, because that was very, very personal", Reiner once said.

Reiner, who was also an actor, director and writer, received his first Emmy win in 1957 for Best Supporting Performance by an Actor for his work in Caesar's Hour. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me.

In recent years, he was part of the roguish gang in the Ocean's Eleven movies starring George Clooney and appeared in documentaries including Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age and If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.


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