TV pioneer Carl Reiner dies at age 98

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

He'd also work with Mel Brooks on The Steve Allen Show, and the two would later release the best-selling comedy album "2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks". He is survived by their children, actor/director Rob Reiner, daughter Sylvia Anne, and son Lucas, as well as six grandchildren and five great-granchildren.

"Carl Reiner was comedy genius", Alexander tweeted.

Bernadette Peters, who starred in Reiner's 1979 screwball comedy "The Jerk" with Martin, said, "Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end". Lebost is perhaps most famous for saying the famous line "I'll have what she's having" in "When Harry Met Sally", which was directed by her and Carl Reiner's son, Rob Reiner.

Unfortunately, the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, director of The Jerk, and co-star of the Ocean's 11 franchise has passed away at 98. After working his way through summer stock and the old Borscht Belt, Reiner was drafted into the Air Force during World War II.


Carl Reiner was born on March 20, 1922, in The Bronx, New York.

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.

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 known for his work in Caesar's 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupée-wearing Alan Brady of The Dick Van Dyke Show and in such films as The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. "It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and working on the Sid Caesar show".

In 1995, Reiner received the Writers Guild's lifetime achievement award for a career in TV writing. It was called Head of the Family, but for whatever reason, CBS didn't like Reiner in the lead on the series, so it retooled, recast, and retitled to become The Dick Van Dyke Show.


A reprisal of his Alan Brady role three decades later, for a guest spot on the 1990s sitcom "Mad About You", earned Reiner yet another Emmy.

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

Starting in 2001, he made a big-screen comeback playing elder con artist Saul Bloom, who comes out of retirement to join George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others in the blockbuster remake of the 1960s heist film "Ocean's Eleven".


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