TV pioneer Carl Reiner dies at age 98

TV pioneer Carl Reiner dies at age 98

TV pioneer Carl Reiner dies at age 98

The legendary stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and singer died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, California, of natural causes.

Best known for creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show", Reiner has 100 acting credits on both the big screen and small screen over the years including "Mad About You", "Two and a Half Men", "Toy Story 4", and the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy. After joining the service's performing unit, Reiner broke into showbiz after hostilities finished, landing a spot on Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he would collaborate with the likes of Brooks and Neil Simon.

In the later part of his career, Reiner had been an inevitable part of the Ocean's Eleven franchise that also includes Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, and Ocean's 8.

Tributes from Hollywood have been pouring in to honor the comedy legend. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. (1970) and the Steve Martin movies The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man With Two Brains (1983) and All of Me (1984).

Carl Reiner wearing sunglasses and a hat sitting next to Brad Pitt
Carl Reiner appeared in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven with Brad Pitt

Reiner turned a novel he wrote, "Enter Laughing" into a Broadway play, and the first of many movies he would direct. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me.

Carl Reiner has passed away at the age of 98, per multiple reports. With a toupee obsession that ran as deep as his comedic talent, Reiner was the flawless foil to the trio of writers Dick Van Dyke's timeless character would lead on a weekly basis. "It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and working on the Sid Caesar show".

Born and raised in New York City, Reiner first came to be known as a writer and cast member on Sid Ceasar's "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s. After high school, he attended drama school, then joined a small theatre group. But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War Two.

His son, Rob Reiner, also confirmed the sad news on Twitter, writing, "Last night my dad passed away". "Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost-who partnered with me in bringing [their children] Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world", he tweeted on June 27.

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