Legendary comedy actor and creator Carl Reiner dead at age 98

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

His son, actor-director Rob Reiner, confirmed the loss Tuesday on Twitter.

"Last night my dad passed away", he wrote.

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

Reiner was arguably best known for creating the classic American sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, that aired from 1961 to 1966 and produced a total of 158 episodes spanning five seasons. Reiner stayed with Caesar throughout the 1950s, until he developed his own show about a comedy writer, which was given to Van Dyke as a vehicle along with Mary Tyler Moore. He also appeared as Alan Brady, the egotistical and overbearing boss to Van Dyke's character, stealing numerous scenes and episodes he appeared in.

Mel Brooks paid tribute to his good friend and fellow comedy legend Carl Reiner, who passed away Monday at age 98. Reiner attended it and started down a new career path. He'd follow this up with performances in Broadway musicals, including a lead role in the show Call Me Mister.

During the early years of television comedy, from 1950 to 1957, Reiner appeared in skits with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in "Your Show of Shows", while working alongside the show's writers Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.

He later teamed with Brooks on "The Steve Allen Show", playing the straight man to Brooks' 2,000 Year Old Man character.

The pairing helped launch the careers of both men and spawned multiple comedy albums and a TV special.

"The Van Dyke show is probably the most thrilling of my accomplishments, because that was very, very personal", Reiner once said.

In later years his film credits as director include "Oh God" starring George Burns, in 1977; "The Jerk" with Steve Martin in 1979; and "All of Me" with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in 1984. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me.

On Dec. 24, 1943, when Reiner was 21, he married 29-year-old Estelle Lebost. Lebost is perhaps most famous for saying the famous line "I'll have what she's having" in "When Harry Met Sally", which was directed by her and Carl Reiner's son, Rob Reiner.

Comedians Mel Brooks, left, and Reiner pose with their Grammy Awards for best spoken comedy album on February 24, 1999, in Los Angeles.

Carl also made appearances on several TV shows during his successful Hollywood career, including "Two and Half Men" and "Hot in Cleveland".

"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. Associated Press contributed to the report.



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