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Carl Reiner death: Rob Reiner, more celebrities pay tribute

Actor Reiner speaks at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood Carl Reiner Dead — 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator Dies at 98
Adrian Cunningham | 30 June, 2020, 20:41

Carl Reiner, a revered and versatile comedy entertainer who won nine Emmies and stayed active into the 1990s with roles in movies such as the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, has died at the age of 98.

"The real engine behind ('The 2000-Year-Old man) is Carl, not me".

In 1961 he created the iconic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which followed the home life of a TV writer named Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore).

"When the show ended in 1966 after five seasons, Reiner began directing films, notably the box office hits "Oh, God!", starring George Burns", and "The Jerk", starring Steve Martin. "He was my guiding light". In the 1950s, fellow writers on Your Show of Shows included Brooks and Neil Simon, creating a combination of silliness and satire.

Born in NY in 1922, Reiner was the son of Jewish immigrants to the U.S., and served in the United States air force during the second world war.

The following year, Reiner made his feature film directing and producing debut with "Enter Laughing", which he adapted from a Joseph Stein play that was based on Reiner's semiautobiographical 1958 book of the same name.

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"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 wrote Saturday in a tweet that has picked up viral attention in the wake of his death.

Carl Reiner sparked a comedy partnership with Mel Brooks in 1960, and the two found fame as a duo on The Steve Allen Show, where they became well known for their bit 2,000 Year Old Man.

Another of Reiner's longtime entertainment peers, Ed Asner, also offered his condolences to the family of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" mastermind and wrote, "There will forever only be one of him".

"As second banana", he told TV Guide, "I had a chance to do just about everything a performer can ever get to do". The teaming with Martin would prove particularly fruitful, as the two would reteam on 1982's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, 1983's The Man With Two Brains and, in 1984, All of Me, which paired Martin and Lily Tomlin.

During World War II, Reiner joined the Army and toured in GI variety shows for a year and a half. "You may be the fool but you are the fool in charge". Reiner returned to that role in two "Ocean's" sequels.

Other films which Reiner directed include Where's Poppa? In the 1990s, he reprised the Alan Brady character for an episode of "Mad About You".