Comedy legend Carl Reiner, creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at his Beverly Hills home. He was 98.
Reiner, a writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team, died of natural causes on Monday night, according to Variety.
Reiner, father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,’ with Steve Martin, in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in 1984.
Reiner remained in the public eye well into his 80s and 90s with roles in the popular “Ocean’s Eleven” trio of films; and on TV with recurring roles on sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
He first came to prominence as a regular cast member of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” for which he won two Emmys in 1956 and 1957 in the supporting category.
He met Mel Brooks during his time with Caesar, and the two went on to have a long-running friendship and comedy partnership.
Reiner’s wife Estelle, to whom he had been married since 1943, died in 2008. In addition to Rob Reiner, survivors include his daughter Sylvia Anne and son Lucas.
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