Carl Reiner Dies at 98: Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke & More Pay Tribute

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Comedian Carl Reiner died at the age of 98 on Monday, June 29 from natural causes, Variety reports. His wife, Estelle, passed away in 2008. He is survived by his children, fellow filmmaker Rob Reiner, Sylvia Anne Reiner, and Lucas Reiner.

“Last night my dad passed away,” Rob wrote on Twitter. “As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

The writer, producer, actor, and director recently celebrated close friend and fellow entertainment icon Mel Brooks’ 94th birthday, as shown in photos posted by the latter’s manager, George Shapiro. The comedians were also supporting Black Lives Matter, as seen on their shirts. (Reiner’s comedy work with Brooks started while working with comedian Sid Caesar.)

“Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment. He created comedy gems like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk and Where’s Poppa? I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows and we’ve been best friends ever since,” Brooks said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I loved him. When we were doing The 2000 Year Old Man together there was no better straight man in the world,” he continued. “So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend—nobody could do it better. He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed.”

Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), and appeared in multiple episodes of the classic sitcom as Alan Brady. He also has 100 film and TV acting credits, most recently including Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and Family Guy. He won nine Primetime Emmys, as an actor on Caesar’s Hour and Mad About You, and for writing and producing The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Reiner was among the comedians celebrated at The Paley Honors: A Special Tribute to Television’s Comedy Legends in November 2019, receiving the Paley Honors Award for his enduring impact on television comedy.

“My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of,” Dick Van Dyke wrote on Twitter. “Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.”

See how the rest of Hollywood is paying tribute to the comedy legend below.


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Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift.⠀ ⠀ His comedy energy was one of pure joyfulness. It’s an unusual quality in our world and I have always tried to emulate him that way.⠀ ⠀ When we shot the first episodes of my series, Carl came to visit.⠀ When he said, ⠀ “This is the same stage where we made, ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’!”⠀ I felt the stars lining up. ⠀ ⠀ When I helped present him with the Mark Twain Prize I said, “Mark Twain was pretty funny but I think he’d be more excited to receive ‘The Carl Reiner Prize’.” ⠀ ⠀ We lost an angel today.⠀ ⠀ Jerry

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