Hollywood Legend Carl Reiner Dead at 98

Lawrence Kim
July 2, 2020

Lebost died in 2008, and Reiner is survived by three children, Rob, Sylvia and Lucas.

The couple was married for 64 years until her death on October 25, 2008.

Brooks said there was no better "straight man in the world" as he remembered Reiner's performances. Reiner withdrew as the lead actor, recast the show with Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, and a legendary television show "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was born.

Shatner's Star Trek co-star George Takei posted, "Thanks for the near-century of your life and gifts, Carl Reiner. As I write this my heart is hurting", Reiner's son Rob, also an actor and filmmaker, wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Mel Brooks, whose enduring friendship with the late Carl Reiner began in 1950, has paid tribute to his "best friend" and Your Show of Shows costar.

The episode looks back at Reiner's long life and career, starting in the Bronx, loving comedy movies, learning to act, moving to the Borscht Belt, and winding up in Hollywood.

Reiner, inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame, remained involved in other entertainment projects.

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.

Originally ad-libbed by Reiner and Brooks at a party, the sketch evolved into a perennial TV favorite and basis for five comedy albums, the latest of which earned a 1998 Grammy Award. "He will be greatly missed". A exhausted cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner's case it's absolutely true. Some of his credits include The Jerk, All of Me, The Man With Two Brains and Oh, God!

In subsequent decades, his status as a comedy legend secure he completed numerous guest shots in TV shows such as Frasier, King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show and Ally McBeal, while latterday film roles included Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven remake as con artist Saul Bloom and "Carl Reinorcerous" in Toy Story 4.

While in 2000's, he appeared in the Ocean film series as an elderly con man.

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