Ocean's Twelve fame Carl Reiner passes away in California aged 98

Brenda Watkins
July 1, 2020

Legendary comic writer and actor Carl Reiner, star of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the "Ocean's Eleven" series, has died in Los Angeles, aged 98. Here's what Reiner had to say about dad Carl Reiner.

"Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible", he wrote. "He was my guiding light". He'll be greatly missed.

Hadley Freeman's Guardian feature from February on Reiner's bromance with Brooks captured a very lovely friendship.

His son, actor-director Rob Reiner, confirmed the loss Tuesday on Twitter. "He will be greatly missed". That led to a job on "Your Show of Shows", which starred Sid Caesar, and joined Reiner with a young Mel Brooks and Neil Simon in the writers room.

"My friend Carl Reiner died last night". "He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of".

He was still taking voice 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. His son Rob Reiner went on to become a successful Hollywood film director, known for The Princess Bride (1987) and A Few Good Men (1992).

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"The great #CarlReiner has gone to that Show of Shows in the sky", Midler wrote. There will forever only be one of him. A career spanning seven decades, Reiner has several prestigious awards to his credit including nine Emmy Awards, one Grammy Award, and The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which he received in 2000.

"What a joyful gift [Carl Reiner] was in my life & in the lives of everyone who enjoyed his towering talent", she tweeted. "My love to his handsome family & friends".

He was a frequent partner of fellow US comedy great Mel Brooks as well creating and co-starring in the classic US TV sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. "I knew him only peripherally, but it was a pleasure to have known him".

While Reiner's legacy will live on in the films he made, the characters he created, and in the memories of family, friends, and audiences who loved him, this may be the final interview that Reiner ever did. May his memory be forever blessed.

For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Arguably the most effective was The Man with Two Brains (1983), a sci-fi spoof in which Reiner offered full rein to Martin's brand of absurd, deadpan silliness.

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