Longtime Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Dies at 98


Carl Reiner, the legendary writer, actor, director, and producer, died on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 98 years old.

His son, director Rob Reiner, broke his silence Tuesday on Twitter to announce the news of his father’s passing.

“Last night my dad passed away, Rob Reiner wrote. “As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

Rob, who is a director like his father, is known for romantic comedy classics such as The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally.

Carl Reiner Passed Away of Natural Causes at Beverly Hills Home

Carl died Monday of natural causes at his own home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy said in a statement.

Reiner’s many decades’ worth of credits, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The 2000 Year Old Man, earned him a place in comedy history several times over.

His career spanned live television, motion pictures, Broadway, record albums, and a variety of guest appearances.

Carl Reiner first attracted national attention in 1950 on the legendary television variety show Your Show of Shows, for which he was a performer and writer. A decade after that, he created one of the most celebrated situation comedies in television history, The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also teamed up with Mel Brooks on the very successful 2000 Year Old Man records.

A man of many talents, his novel Enter Laughing became both a hit Broadway play and the first of many movies he would direct.

Carl also won praise as an actor. He had memorable roles in films like The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. More recently, he was in Oceans Eleven and subsequent sequels.

This legend was also recognized in 2000 by the Kennedy Center, which awarded him the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Hollywood Mourning the Loss of Carl Reiner

A number of tributes have come pouring in as Hollywood mourns the loss.

George Clooney, who collaborated with Carl in the Oceans Eleven franchise, told Variety, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. He was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in Peace my friend.”

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Another legend, Steve Martin, tweeted, “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”

Many other notable stars have written their own tributes to Carl Reiner, including Dick Van Dyke, Ed Asner, Alan Alda, William Shatner, and even NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.