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

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98 Carl Reiner Dead — 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator Dies at 98
Adrian Cunningham | 01 July, 2020, 01:41

Comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away on Monday night (29 June), according to his assistant Judy Nagy.

Reiner is survived by three children, including Rob Reiner, director of several hit movies and known for playing Archie Bunker's son-in-law "Meathead" in the hit TV comedy "All in the Family".

Though Reiner made some notable on-screen appearances, his career was largely based behind the camera as a writer, director and producer.

Reiner's theatrical career began in 1947 when he was cast in the revue Call Me Mister. On the show, Reiner would guest star as temperamental show host Alan Brady, and would write numerous episodes. 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.

He was a close friend of fellow sketchwriter Brooks, and the pair found a new audience with their 2000 Year Old Man routines, which spawned books and an animated TV special.

In what would become a momentous collaboration, Reiner was asked by then-white-hot stage and TV comic Steve Martin to direct his debut film, and the 1979 film The Jerk was the result. Joseph Stein adapted Reiner's autobiographical novel Enter Laughing into a play, and later turned it into the musical So Long, 174th Street. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me.

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Reiner reprised the role of Brady on "Mad About You" and won an Emmy for his performance - one of nine he won in his career. "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.

"My friend Carl Reiner died last night".

He was in 2001's Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels as conman Saul Bloom, and had a double act with Mel Brooks.

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.

Reiner, the Bronx-born son of a watchmaker, started in entertainment as a teenager in a touring theater troupe that performed Shakespearean plays.

Meanwhile, Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer shared a hilarious "good luck" letter Reiner had sent him when Cryer was drafted at the last minute to sub for the comedy icon as host of the DGA Awards. Associated Press contributed to the report.