Carl Reiner, beloved comedy legend, is dead at 98

Carla Harmon
July 2, 2020

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, whose death at age 98 prompted an outpouring of tributes.

Reiner is survived by three children, including Rob Reiner, director of several hit movies and known for playing Archie Bunker's son-in-law Meathead in the hit TV comedy All in the Family.

Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008. With Mel he formed a comedy-duo and together they did a sketch "The 2000 year old man", along with films such as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"(1963) and "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming'(1966)".

Carl Reiner was one of the earliest people who made comedy popular in America. "As I write this my heart is hurting", Reiner's son Rob, also an actor and filmmaker, wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

In addition to directing, Reiner remained a presence in front of the camera; as well as frequently appearing in his own movies and making guest appearances on TV (including an Emmy-winning guest spot on Mad About You), he also featured in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, while his last credit came with last year's Toy Story 4, where he voiced Carl Reineroceros.

Late night host, Stephen Colbert expressed his sentiments about the comedian with a tweet, writing "The Greatest" along with a photo of Reiner.

Reiner was part of Caesar's ensemble of performers as well as a celebrated writing team that included such then-unknown talents as Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.

After the duo first collaborated in the 1950s, Reiner and Brooks worked so well together that they made a decision to partner up as a comedy duo in The Steve Allen Show, which gained so much popularity that the routine expanded into a series of five comedy albums and an animated TV special.

We here at CinemaBlend send our thoughts to Carl Reiner's loved ones at this time. The confirmation of the demise of comedy icon of "The Dick Vann Dyke Show" was given by his assistant Judy Nagy to a news portal. "He'll be greatly missed", says Reiner.

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

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