Celebrities react to Carl Reiner's passing

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

Actor Carl Reiner speaks at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California June 4, 2015.

The iconic comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and singer died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday night, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety. Reiner acted both as cast member and as part of the writing staff that also included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart. Lebost died in 2008, and Reiner is survived by three children, Rob, Sylvia and Lucas.

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

Born in NY in 1922, Reiner was the son of Jewish immigrants to the United States, and served in the U.S. air force during the second world war. But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War Two.

In 1950, Carl got his start in the entertainment industry by acting in Broadway musicals, most notably, landing the lead role in "Call Me Mister". He was an unabashed supporter of progressive causes all the way to his death, and he meant to world to his family, which included his son Rob, who followed him into directing, and his best friend, Mel Brooks, with whom he shared dinner almost every night.

Asked why the cross became a symbol for Christianity, for example, Brooks replied: "It was easier to put together than the Star of David". "It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and working on the Sid Caesar show".

"Last night my dad passed away". In the 1990s, he reprised the Alan Brady character for an episode of Mad About You. Reiner also scored a major TV hit by creating and co-writing The Dick Van Dyke Show, starring the popular entertainer, before going on to achieve renown as the director of Steve Martin's best known films. The series, considered a TV sitcom classic, ended its run in 1966.

Carl Reiner, pictured on his own (left) and with his son Rob Reiner (right) ha died aged 98 in his home.

If you want more Reiner, check out "The Man With Two Brains", a Steve Martin film he directed.

He later appeared as an elderly con man in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven. Reiner returned to that role in two "Ocean's" sequels.

Throughout his legendary career in show business, Reiner earned countless awards, including several Emmys and a Grammy for best spoken comedy album alongside Mel Brooks for their album "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000". Reiner's son Rob also became an acclaimed film-maker, with such hits as When Harry Met Sally, Stand By Me and This Is Spinal Tap.

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