Remembering the life and career of Carl Reiner

Carla Harmon
June 30, 2020

Reiner is survived by his three children, Annie, Lucas, and Rob (as in famed director, Rob Reiner).

In his 90s, virtually every day in Beverly Hills, Reiner met with Brooks, after they both lost their wives, and they would sit on Reiner's sofa watching movies, telling jokes and recalling a lifetime of comedy. "He was my guiding light", Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday.

His father was also active on Twitter.

He was more reliable as a supporting actor, taking prominent roles in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966).


Even younger audiences are familiar with Reiner's work. "You may be the fool but you are the fool in charge".

Reiner, the Bronx-born son of a watchmaker, started in entertainment as a teenager in a touring theatre troupe that performed Shakespearean plays.

But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

Recruited into a special unit that put on shows for the troops, Reiner began writing and performing his own comedy material. Reiner, a nine-time Emmy victor, is the father of actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner. He got his first TV break in Sid Caesar's variety show Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he appeared on air in skits while also got the opportunity of writing with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. He was 98 years old.


Asked why the cross became a symbol for Christianity, for example, Brooks replied: "It was easier to put together than the Star of David". The following year, Reiner once again won for Caesar's Hour in the Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series category. It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star. He is best known for creating and starring in the "The Dick Van Dyke Show", which earned him five Emmy Awards.

Reiner, a nine-time Emmy victor, was also famous for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, with whom he made the comedy album "2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks", and Steve Martin, who starred in Reiner's films "The Jerk", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", "Man with Two Brains" and "All of Me".

He was in 2001's Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels as conman Saul Bloom, and had a double act with Mel Brooks.

He also made appearances on "Hot in Cleveland" and "Two and a Half Men". "As I write this my heart is hurting", Rob tweeted Monday morning.


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