Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, director, screen writer, publisher and probably the best straight man ever, Carl Reiner, has died at the age of 98. He was born in the Bronx, New York and according to his assistant Judy Nagy, he died Monday night of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California.
Over Reiner’s vast career from film, and television has earned numerous awards. From his stand up comedy albums with Mel Brooks, to writing, on Your Show of Shows, Caesar’s Hour, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Carl Reiner’s legendary, seven-decade long career earned him nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his “2,000-Year-Old Man” album, based on his comedy routine with Mel Brooks.
Carl Reiner is remembered by most for the Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the most popular television series of all time and a model of ensemble playing, physical comedy and timeless, good natured. It starred Van Dyke as a televisions comedy writer working for a demanding, eccentric boss (Reiner) and living with his wife (Mary Tyler Moore in her first major TV role) and young son in suburban New Rochelle, New York. “The Van Dyke show is probably the most thrilling of my accomplishments because that was very, very personal,” Reiner once said.
Reiner is the father of actor-director Rob Reiner. Carl Reiner would praise Rob as his favorite director, and Rob would speak with open admiration, and some trepidation, about his famous dad.
“He was the nicest man, a decent man, an intelligent man, and talented, and everybody liked him,” Rob Reiner told The Associated Press in 1992. Rob Reiner said in a tweet Tuesday that his “heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
The huge loss of Carl Reiner has brought tributes from actors, comedians, directors, publishers, and more from all around the globe. A great talent has left us.