Carl Reiner, US comedian, actor and director, dies aged 98

Brenda Watkins
June 30, 2020

It starred Van Dyke as a television comedy writer working for a demanding, eccentric boss (Reiner) and living with his wife (Mary Tyler Moore in her first major TV role) and young son in suburban New Rochelle, N.Y.

He struck gold directing George Burns in the smash hit 1977 comedy Oh, God!, and then followed it up two years later with the inaugural Steve Martin vehicle The Jerk.

Reiner is survived by his three children, Annie, Lucas, and Rob (as in famed director, Rob Reiner). "He was my guiding light", Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday.

In 1966 Reiner had the lead role opposite Alan Arkin in Norman Jewison's hit Cold War comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

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Reiner's wife Estelle, whom he married in 1943, died in 2008. He is best known for creating and starring in the "The Dick Van Dyke Show", which earned him five Emmy Awards. He got his first TV break in Sid Caesar's variety show Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he appeared on air in skits while also got the opportunity of writing with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.

The episode looks back at Reiner's long life and career, starting in the Bronx, loving comedy movies, learning to act, moving to the Borscht Belt, and winding up in Hollywood. In the early 60's he would partner with Brooks as a comedy duo, performing their classic "2000 Year Old Man" routine which would eventually morph into 5 albums, the most recent of which came out in 1997.

Additionally, Reiner would direct many episodes of The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and in 2004, he'd appear in the reunion special The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited alongside Van Dyke. He would go on to appear in shows titled Inside U.S.A. and Alive and Kicking on Broadway. It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star. As I write this my heart is hurting. It launched a short but fruitful partnership with Martin, whom he directed in three other films including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983), and All of Me (1984).

But Reiner never strayed far from television, continuing to make guest appearances on various shows such as Two And A Half Men and Hot In Cleveland well into his 90s, as well as keeping up a busy Twitter account. He was Saul Bloom in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy, and he voiced a toy rhino - Carl Reinerocerous - in Toy Story 4, a role he reprised for the Disney+ series, Forky Asks a Question.

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