Carl Reiner, the comedian, writer, and director whose contributions to the development of television comedy are few in number, rivaled natural causes last night at his Beverly Hills home. The father of actor and director Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner was 98 years old.
Just three days before his death, Reiner tweeted what now seems like his public goodbye: “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by meeting and marrying the talented Estelle (Stella) Lebost, who partnered with me to bring Rob, Annie and Lucas Reiner into this needy and evolving world. “
Reiner was one of the pioneering comedic minds, along with Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, among others, who, in the 1950s, co-wrote and appeared on Sid Caesar’s shows. The hour of Caesar and Your show of shows, establishing the template for the sketch comedy that lasts today Saturday night live and nightly humor from the talk show.
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Inspired by his experiences as a comedy writer for the often difficult Caesar, Reiner created, produced, and wrote the acclaimed The Dick Van Dyke Show, an unusually smart and sophisticated sitcom that combined Van Dyke as Reiner’s understudy Rob Petrie and a newcomer named Mary Tyler Moore as his wife Laura. Reiner himself played Cesar’s boss, Alan Brady.
The Dick Van Dyke Show He won five of the nine Emmy Awards that Reiner would collect during his career.
His comic reach spanned film and television, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, when he directed a series of hit movies including those from 1977. Oh God, with George Burns as the main character and 1979 The lout, which gave Steve Martin his high-profile lead debut. The association with Martin would be particularly fruitful, as the two would re-team in 1982 Dead men don’t wear pictures, 1983 The man with two brains and, in 1984, All of Me, which paired Martin and Lily Tomlin.
Reiner’s acting career was even longer than his address: Last year, the character of Carl Reineroceros expressed in Toy Story 4. Since 2000, she has appeared in television and film projects, including. Ally McBeal, Parks and Recreation, Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, and Bob’s Burgers. Also within that time, she co-starred in three Ocean’s Eleven Films.
Reiner’s death was confirmed by his assistant Judy Nagy to Deadline’s sister publication Variety.
Born and raised in New York City, Reiner found a comical soulmate during his time in Your show of shows, when he wrote with Mel Brooks. Among many other sketches and routines the two would create was the hugely popular 2000-year-old man, who portrayed Brooks as the former siffick riffing and Reiner playing a straight man by feeding Brooks questions under the guise of a television interview. The two would return to the subject of television and variety shows for decades.
Reiner married singer Estelle Lebost in 1943, beginning a 65-year marriage that ended with her death in 2008. Reiner is survived by his sons Rob and Lucas, and daughter Sylvia Anne.
Immediately after his June 27 tweet about his love and appreciation for his wife and children, Reiner tweeted about Brooks: “By changing a few words and names, Pal Mel could send a very similar tweet.”
Reiner, who never held back on his political views, later tweeted: “When I woke up at 7:30 this morning, I was saddened to relive the day that led to the election of a bankrupt and corrupt businessman who had no qualifications to be the leader of any country in the civilized world … “