Carl Reiner Dies At 98 – A Longtime Comedy Master
The comedy master and legend Carl Reiner died at age 98, as announced by his son Rob Reiner. The actor, writer, director, and producer, who has credits in masterpieces like The Dick Van Dyke Show and The 2000-Year-Old Man is no longer with us. The director’s son sent out a tweet to his followers “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.” The cause of his death was all because of natural reasons. The legend was in his home in Beverly Hills as per his assistant Judy Nagy.
Looking Back At Comedy Genius Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner was born in the Bronx on March 20, 1922. According to his autobiography, his father was a watchmaker, while his mother was a homemaker. Reiner always wanted to be an actor. It was thanks to his brother, who suggested him to join an acting class during the depression era when he got the push he needed. By the time he was 17-years-old, he was working in the acting class on a regular basis.
Carl Reiner’s career was a mixture of television, motion pictures, Broadway, record albums, and various guest appearances. He was a performer and writer for the legendary “Your Show of Shows”. His influence on the entertainment industry was spread so far and wide that when the news of his death went public, he started receiving tributes from different artists:
Carl Reiner was comedy genius. Often that genius made other funny people even funnier. But give him a stage and he could spin laughter out of any moment. I watched him do it time and again. His contributions to comedy are eternal. And a lovely man, as well. #ripCarlReiner
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) June 30, 2020
My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl. pic.twitter.com/QWyNOYILhW
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) June 30, 2020
So sad to hear about @carlreiner Not only did he make my favorite TV& movies (see:Where’s Poppa) but his humanity was beyond compare. His heart was so full of love. Never left his house empty handed- book, space pen, Swiss Army knife. RIP to a man that embodies the word mensch pic.twitter.com/mazBmwznkX
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 30, 2020
My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.
— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) June 30, 2020
Carl Reiner was a truly great man. Brilliant and inspired as a creative, which thankfully we all got to enjoy, and clearly also just a good person. Deepest condolences to one of the gifts he gave us: @robreiner, his wonderful wife Michele and their entire family. https://t.co/XRZYC2TXFY
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 30, 2020
One of our comedy heroes
Thank you for everything you did for all of us
Love to the Reiner family pic.twitter.com/tBsiIelbdI
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) June 30, 2020
Carl Reiner had an ongoing routine with fellow colleague Mel Brooks, “The 2000-Year-Old Man”, which began in 1950, grew so popular that several comedy albums immortalized it. The act is still remembered by reporters and comedians even today.
Carl Reiner was always the man who would stick to staying behind the curtains rather than come forward to take the limelight. He even has a role as a movie director with films like Oh God! and The Jerk.
It was after World War II when he became a standup comedian and even landed a part in 1947 review, “Call Me Mister”.