Carl Reiner , the acclaimed comedy legend behind 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and movies like 'The Jerk,' has died at 98
Prolific entertainer and director’s credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk and “2000 Year Old Man” with Mel Brooks
Reiner was born in 1922 in New York City and gained early experience as a performer in summer stock shows and while working the resort circuit in the Catskills in upstate New York known as the Borscht Belt. He further honed his craft in, of all places, the U.S. Army, spending much of his time there during the tail end of World War II performing for troops in the Pacific as part of the Special Services.
After returning to New York in the late Forties, Reiner continued to act, securing jobs on Broadway and small TV shows. HIs first real break came in 1950, when he joined Sid Caesar’s hit variety showYour Show of Showsas a writer and actor. He continued to work with Caesar on the comedian’s follow-up program,
Caesar’s Hour, ultimately winning a pair of back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1957 and 1958.While working onYour Show of Shows, Reiner and Brooks met and began to craft one of the most famous comedy routines of all time, “The 2000 Year Old Man,” in which Reiner played a straight-man TV interviewer speaking with an outrageous and incredibly old man played by Brooks. In a 2009 interview with
, the pair said the bit began as a way to break-up lulls in theShow of Showswriters room, with Reiner throwing out random questions to Brooks. They expanded it for close friends, but were wary of bringing it to a wider audience because they were unsure of how the thick Eastern European Jewish accent Brooks used would be received. Ultimately, Steve Allen convinced them to record the sketch, and in 1960, they releasedthe
2000 Year Old ManLP. Four more albums would follow, the last arriving in 1998, while an animated comedy special was released in 1975.During thatinterview, Reiner claimed Cary Grant asked him for a dozen of copies of 2000 Year Old Manto take to England: “I said: ‘Why do you need 12 of them? You’re going to play it in London?’” Reiner recalled. “‘Yes, they speak English there,’ [Grant replied]. He came back. He said, ‘She loved it.’ Who? ‘The Queen Mother.’ ‘You took it to Buckingham Palace?’ ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well there’s the biggest shiksa in the world, we must be all right.’”Read more: Rolling Stone »
So funny and smart His shtick on Your Show of Shows was as good as it gets. He gave me countless laughs for many moons and I certainly will miss him. Will he be buried with Alan Brady’s toupee? Your memory is a blessing for everybody. RIP Carl Reiner Another Great Actor. Great in the Ocean Eleven MSignorile It’s a comedy tragedy
There’s a typo in the second sentence of the final paragraph, “HIs first real...”. Exit laughing, CarlReiner.☹️☹️☹️ 🙏😘🙏
Carl Reiner Dies: Pioneering TV Comedy Writer, Father Of Rob Reiner Was 98 Carl Reiner , the comedian, writer and director whose contributions to the development of television comedy are rivaled by few others, died last night of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills.… 😔🙏🙏🙏✌
Veteran comedian and 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' 'Ocean's' star Carl Reiner dies at 98: reportsComedian Carl Reiner dies, according to reports. The actor, writer and director known for 'Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'Ocean's' films was 98. I’m heartbroken.......such a great loss to the world RIP CarlReiner! A legend. 😢
Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98 Carl Reiner , the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar&39;s legendary team and went on to create "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98. He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy RIP Carl Reiner! Thanks for the constant giggles & heart laughs. RIPCarlReiner 😢 Brilliant man he will be missed
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Carl Reiner, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator and Actor, Dead at 98Legendary actor Carl Reiner died Monday night in his Beverly Hills home. 🙏😥 😥 NO!!!!
Carl Reiner Dead at 98 Carl Reiner is dead at 98. One of the absolute best. RIP Oh no 💔 sending my deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones And this matters why. Ih because he had money. Lol