Carl Reiner: His Life and Career in Photos

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner has died at 98.

The iconic comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and singer died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday night, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety.

In 2018, at age 96, Reiner became the oldest Emmy nominee in history for his narration of the HBO documentary "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast".

The couple had three children together-director Rob Reiner, author Annie Reiner, and artist Lucas Reiner.

Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008.

Even younger audiences are familiar with Reiner's work. "You may be the fool but you are the fool in charge". After working his way through summer stock and the old Borscht Belt, Reiner was drafted into the Air Force during World War II.

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. Reiner acted both as cast member and as part of the writing staff that also included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart. In one hugely popular skit with the latter, Reiner played a straight man interviewer to Brooks's "2001 Year Old Man".

The day prior to his death, Reiner's final tweets were, fittingly, a tribute to one his favorite entertainers. "It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and working on the Sid Caesar show". Originally a starring vehicle for himself titled "Head of the Family", the show was retooled with Reiner instead taking on the role of egotistical TV host Alan Brady, a role he later reprised in 1995 on an episode of Mad About You.

Network executives initially passed on the project, unhappy with Reiner as the lead character, Rob Petrie.

Victor of nine Emmy Awards, Reiner earned five for The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961-66, and on which he played television host Alan Brady. The series, considered a TV sitcom classic, ended its run in 1966. The filmmaker was behind the camera for The Jerk in 1979, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983, and All of Me in 1984. Reiner returned to that role in two "Ocean's" sequels. On the TV side, Reiner's unmistakable voice could be hear on King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, and Bob's Burgers, and he guest starred in shows like Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, and House M.D.

Reiner wrote four volumes of memoirs, including "I Just Remembered" in 2014, as well as children's books.



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