Comedy legend Carl Reiner...
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, 
one among the earliest stars of television who made an indelible mark on the tiny screen, Broadway and film, has died, loved ones said Tuesday.

He was 98.

Reiner was inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in 1999, and before that had taken home multiple Emmys, primarily for his work on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Caesar's Hour."

His last win was in 1995 for outstanding guest actor during a comedy, on NBC's "Mad About You."

"Last night my dad gave up the ghost," his son and fellow comedy giant, Rob Reiner, said during a statement Tuesday. "As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my luminary ."
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Reiner died of natural causes at his range in Beverly Hills, California, his assistant, Judy Nagy, said.

The comedy icon may need to be known he was in failing health Saturday, when he tweeted fondly about his life.

“Nothing pleases me quite knowing that I lived the simplest life possible,” he wrote. He gave because of his late “gifted” wife, Estelle, and their three children.

Dick Van Dyke on Tuesday posted a recent photo of him and his old flame on Instagram, calling Reiner a "100% pure mensch."

"We love you such a lot," Van Dyke added.
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Reiner was a star of early TV with material which will likely still be funny 2,000 years from now. His bestselling album, "2,000 Year Old Man,", was supported his comedy routine with Mel Brooks.
In that famous 1975 album, Reiner plays an interviewer asking questions of a 2,000-year-old Brooks. The second banana Reiner quizzes Brooks on all kinds of topics in life, with improvisational answers that went down in comedy history.

On Tuesday, Brooks called Reiner his ally.
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

"I loved him," he said on Twitter. "When we were doing the two, Year Old Man together there was no better second banana within the world. So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your ally — nobody could roll in the hay better."

Even in his final days, Reiner still managed to remain socially relevant. To celebrate Brooks’ 94th birthday, the pair donned Black Lives Matter T-shirts during a photo with Reiner’s daughter, Annie.

That picture may are on the mind of actress Rosanna Arquette when on Tuesday she tweeted a fist and therefore the message: “Rest in Peace and power Carl Reiner.” Arquette expressed “gratitude for all the laughter you've got given us through the years.”

"Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer called Reiner a “brilliant and hilarious” model and recalled the time he took the veteran’s place as host of the administrators Guild of America Awards in 2009. Cryer posted an image of a hilarious letter Reiner sent him after the latter couldn’t make the gig thanks to health issues.
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

“I many thanks for filling certain me tonight,” Reiner typed. “I wish with all my heart that you simply fail, or if you don’t, that you simply are not any quite adequate. I don’t want to possess to compete with you for this non-paying job.”

Reiner’s wit boldly took American comedy where no man had gone before.

“Condolences to the family of Carl Reiner,” “Star Trek” icon William Shatner wrote Tuesday. ”From the writer's room of Caesar to recreating those times for the Dick Van Dyke Show, Carl was a master at his craft.”

Not only was Reiner one among the latter 20th century’s great comedic minds, but he also helped other comics.
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Reiner directed the 1979 comedy “The Jerk,” which sent comic Martin to new heights of fame.

“Carl Reiner came into the combination and gave it heart and gave it shape and that we became very, very close friends,” Martin told an American Film Institute audience in 2009, celebrating the movie’s 30th birthday.

“He was sort of a father to me — although I wouldn’t let him bathe me like he wanted to.”

Reiner was born March 20, 1922, within the Bronx, New York, to his watchmaker father, Irving Reiner, and his mother, Bessie.
His older brother Charles first introduced him to acting, through a workshop placed on by the Works Progress Administration, an agency launched during the good Depression.
Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Reiner appeared in "As you wish It," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Comedy of Errors" and "Hamlet" with the Avon Shakespearean Touring Company.

His acting career went on temporary hiatus thanks to war II as he joined the military Signal Corps. He trained as an operator, but was instead tabbed to travel around the Pacific as a part of Maurice Evans' Special Entertainment Unit to entertain his fellow servicemen.

Back home after the war, Reiner worked on Broadway and scored his first TV credit in 1948 with a 13-week run of the comedy "The Fashion Story."

“It’s hysterically bad," a smiling Reiner told the tv Academy during a 1999 interview. The show came at a time when "television was just beginning to capture the planet ."

"When you're young and you've got all of your hair and you look different ... I was OK."

He eventually caught the attention of comedian Caesar, who hired Reiner in 1950 for his popular NBC sketch series, "Your Show of Shows."

He performed and wrote alongside other future comedy icons like Brooks, Simon, Danny Simon and Larry Gelbart.

Reiner visited another NBC sketch comedy show with Caesar, “Caesar’s Hour,” that garnered him his first two Emmy Awards with supporting acting honours in 1957 and 1958.

Reiner became a real star when he created "The Dick Van Dyke Show," making TV icons out of stars Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam.

The show focused on the house and work-life of Van Dyke’s character, a lead comedy writer for the fictional “The Alan Brady Show.” Reiner played the boss, Brady, while Van Dyke and Moore played Rob and Laura Petrie, whose storylines were based loosely on Reiner's experiences working in television.

Reiner won or shared in seven Emmy Awards for his “Van Dyke” work.

“The 'Van Dyke Show' is perhaps the foremost thrilling of my accomplishments because that was very, very personal,” Reiner told the l. a. Times in 1993. “It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and dealing on the Caesar Show.”

Reiner became a prolific big-screen director within the 1970s, scoring with the comedy classic, “Oh God!” in 1976 during which Burns plays the Almighty and John Denver a confused messenger.

                                                   Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98
In addition to “The Jerk,” Martin and Reiner partnered on “All of Me,” “The Man with Two Brains” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.”

“Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life,” Martin said during a statement on Tuesday, “Thank you, dear Carl.”

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98
Even into his 80s, Reiner still had the acting chops to share the screen with contemporaries.

He played criminal elder statesman Saul Bloom in “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels.

A star of these films, George Clooney, told Variety on Tuesday, "Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless,"

"What a fantastic gift he gave us all," Clooney said. "His was a life well lived and we’re all the higher for it. Rest in peace, my friend"

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