‘Dick Van Dyke Present’ Creator Carl Reiner Dies at 98


Legendary actor, comic and director Carl Reiner died on Monday, June 29. He was 98.

Reiner’s agent, Judy Nagy, confirmed to Selection that he died of pure causes at his Beverly Hills house. His actor-director son, Rob Reiner, later paid tribute to him by way of Twitter, writing, “Final evening my dad handed away. As I write this my coronary heart is hurting. He was my guiding mild.”

Throughout his seven-plus-decade profession in present enterprise, the Bronx native gained 9 Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He additionally acquired the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2000.

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Reiner was finest recognized for creating and appearing in The Dick Van Dyke Present, which starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore and ran for 5 seasons on CBS from 1961 to 1966.

After serving in World Conflict II and being honorably discharged in 1946, Reiner got here to prominence as an actor in Sid Caesar’s Your Present of Reveals and Caesar’s Hour. He met Mel Brooks whereas serving as a forged member within the former, and the 2 went on to turn into lifelong buddies. They fashioned a comedic duo finest recognized for his or her “2000 12 months Outdated Man” sketches, the final of which gained them a Grammy in 1998.

Reiner’s work as a director started after The Dick Van Dyke Present wrapped. He led movies together with The place’s Poppa? (1970), Oh, God! (1977) and The Jerk (1979), the latter of which helped launch Steve Martin’s profession. He stopped directing after That Outdated Feeling (1997), however continued making visitor roles on the massive and small screens all through the 1990s and 2000s. In his latter years, Reiner made appearances on TV exhibits similar to Frasier, Mad About You, Ally McBeal, Boston Authorized, Home and Two and a Half Males.

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Reiner, who wrote a memoir titled My Anecdotal Life in 2004, discovered success as soon as once more in 2001 when he portrayed Saul Bloom in Ocean’s Eleven. He reprised the function in Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s 13 (2007).

Reiner is survived by three youngsters: Rob, writer Annie Reiner and artist Lucas Reiner. His spouse of practically 65 years, actress Estelle Reiner, died on the age of 94 in October 2008.

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