Carl Reiner, TV comedy legend, dead at 98

Carl Reiner, TV comedy legend, dead at 98

Carl Reiner, the multi-talented legend behind a few of TV’s most beloved collection, died Monday evening at his residence in Beverly Hills. He was 98.

His household was with him when he handed, TMZ stories. Reiner died of pure causes, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety.

Born within the Bronx in 1922, Reiner graduated from highschool early at the age of 16 — and labored as a machinist whereas learning his eventual craft.

The prolific comic, actor, screenwriter and director’s profession ultimately spanned greater than seven many years, and began with groundbreaking work in reside tv classics resembling “Your Show of Shows.” He co-wrote and acted on that Sid Caesar car from 1950 to 1957 earlier than segueing into an onscreen function in his best-known venture: “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Reiner was additionally one-half of an iconic sketch comedy duo with Mel Brooks (“2000 Year Old Man”) and appeared in traditional function movies resembling 1963’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World” and 1966’s “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” and 2019’s “Toy Story 4.”

After many years of small-screen success he expanded into huge display screen work, scoring hits with 1977’s “Oh, God” and Steven Martin’s “The Jerk” in 1979 and “All of Me” in 1984.

Before his years within the leisure business, Reiner, a Georgetown University grad, served his nation in World War II, an expertise documented within the 2018 PBS documentary “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II.”

“I was sleeping on an upper bed when I heard a voice from the other side of the room,” Reiner informed The Post at the time, slipping right into a thick Southern accent. “ ‘Reiner? Are you a Jewwww?’ I stated, ‘Yes, why do you ask?’ He says, ‘Do you know a man named Goldfarb?’ I stated, ‘No, where is he from?’ He says, ‘He’s from Shreveport. He owns a grocery retailer. He ain’t a foul man. You don’t know him?’ He figured all Jews knew one another.

Three Emmy winners, (from left to right) Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, and Peter Falk, hold their awards at the 1962 Awards.
Don Knotts (left), Carl Reiner, and Peter Falk, maintain their awards at the 1962 Emmy Awards.Bettmann Archive

“That was also the first time I encountered racism,” Reiner stated. “We were taking a signal battalion course and there was a black battalion — they didn’t have their own barracks so they were upstairs in our barracks, but we used the same toilet. One day I was peeing next to one of the black soldiers and when I got back to my foot locker, the guy next to me said, ‘You know who you were talking to? You notice he’s a [N-word]? You think a [N-word] can be smarter than a white man?’ I said, ‘Well, offhand, what about [actor] Paul Robeson?’ who spoke several languages, including Russian. He’d never heard of him. ‘I speak American,’ he said.”

“GI Jews” additionally explores how Jewish American troopers felt combating fascism whereas liberating family members nonetheless dwelling in Europe.

“We knew how important it was for us to be there,” Reiner informed The Post.

Among the various awards Reiner would go on to soak up his storied profession are 9 Emmys, one Grammy and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Reiner is survived by his kids — actor-director Rob Reiner, writer Annie Reiner and artist Lucas Reiner — and granddaughter Tracy Reiner. His spouse, Esteve Lebost, died in 2008.

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