Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

US entertainment legend Carl Reiner dead at 98

George Clooney at Carl Reiner’s Television Academy tribute George Clooney at Carl Reiner’s Television Academy tribute
Adrian Cunningham | 01 July, 2020, 08:43

Variety confirmed the news, reporting that his publicist said he died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills.

His film credits included directing George Burns in 1977's Oh, God! and Steve Martin in The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains.

There he worked as a writer and performer on Your Show Of Shows and later creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest television shows ever.

Even younger audiences are familiar with Reiner's work.

Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008. He is survived by his three children, among them actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner. "You may be the fool but you are the fool in charge".

Reiner came up during an era of comedy when punching down wasn't quite so popular.

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Alda, another close friend of Reiner's, was among the first to salute him on Twitter, writing, "His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts".

After the war, he landed a part in G.I. revue "Call Me Mister" and in 1948 appeared in the Broadway musical revue "Inside U.S.A.", starring Beatrice Lillie and Jack Haley.

"When we were doing The 2000 Year Old Man together", Brooks recalls, "there was no better straight man in the world". He also appeared as Alan Brady, the egotistical and overbearing boss to Van Dyke's character, stealing numerous scenes and episodes he appeared in.

During his distinguished career, Reiner received a number of accoldaes, including nine Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award. In 1967 he kicked off his directing career with Enter Laughing, based on his own autobiographical 1958 novel about his early days as an actor.

"When asked, 'Of all the theatrical projects you've done in your life, what are you most proud of?' I always say, hands down, it's creating and producing 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' It was a labor of love", Reiner told Fox News in a statement in 2019. Reiner returned to that role in two "Ocean's" sequels.

Reiner had many guest roles on television and in supporting roles in films since the 1990s, including "Frasier", "Mad About You", "Ally McBeal", "Boston Legal", "House", "Two and a Half Men", "Hot in Cleveland", "Family Guy", "American Dad", "King of the Hill", and "Bob's Burgers". "As I write this my heart is hurting".