Carl Reiner’s legendary, seven-decade-long profession in tv, movie, books and Broadway got here to an finish Monday when he died at his house in Beverly Hills.
But the Bronx-born 98-year-old’s legacy will dwell on eternally.
Born on March 20, 1922, to Jewish immigrants from Austria and Romania, Reiner, a real Renaissance man, made a everlasting imprint on American comedy.
The nine-time Emmy-winning and Grammy-winning leisure icon acted in over 40 movies, held numerous TV roles – together with the a part of TV selection present host Alan Brady on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” — directed 15 motion pictures, and wrote greater than 20 books, amongst them memoirs and kids’s tales.
Here are among the best moments in an iconic profession.
Classic dwell TV
In 1950, on the age of 28, Reiner acquired his huge showbiz break as Sid Caesar’s second banana within the tv sketch-comedy “Your Show of Shows.” It boasted a legendary writing employees, together with future playwright Neil Simon and Mel Brooks.
He wrote for and appeared on “Your Shows of Shows,” one in all early TV’s greatest hits. The witty, subtle sketch-comedy present starred Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca from 1950-54. That’s the place he met Mel Brooks. He additionally wrote for and appeared on the followup, “Caesar’s Hour,” from 1954-57.
“Honestly, the only reason I remember for wanting to be an actor is that I wanted to sleep late. I swear that’s true. Since I was a kid I used to say, ‘I’m going into a field where I can sleep late,’” the veteran actor-director-producer-writer instructed The Post in 1958.
“Somebody suggested dramatic school. So I went,” Reiner mentioned on the time. “Sleeping late is always on my mind.”
After “Your Show of Shows” ended, Reiner and Brooks, his lifelong pal, would go on to make audiences chortle their socks off all through the 1960s with their hysterical “2000-Year-Old Man” routine, through which Reiner performed the interviewer and straight man to Brooks’ world’s oldest man character.
Decades later, the basic skit earned them each a Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1999.
Soon after “Your Show of Shows” resulted in 1954, sketch comedy present “Caesar’s Hour” kicked off, and Reiner gained his first Emmy in 1957 for Best Supporting Performance by an Actor for this system. He gained one other Emmy for the present in 1958.
Shortly after, Reiner — on the brink of what he has mentioned was his proudest second — wrote and shot the TV pilot “Head of the Family,” in 1960. It starred himself as the unique fictional character of Rob Petrie and was based mostly on his life.
Never having taken on a TV script earlier than, Reiner instructed The Post in 1959, “I wondered what I could possibly write about,” including that his spouse Estelle was the one who advocated for him to jot down a situational comedy script for tv.
“The idea came to me full bloom the next day while I was driving into the city. I almost smashed up the car,” mentioned Reiner. “There were only two things I know enough about to base a series on, show business and home life.”
A pushed Reiner sat down and wrote 13 episodes for “Head of the Family” in six weeks. Ultimately, the CBS community wound up turning down the collection.
Reiner’s agent, upset that there have been 13 episodes of “gold” mendacity on his desk, put him in contact with late producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas who expressed curiosity within the tanked present.
“I said, ‘Fellas, I don’t want to fail with the same material twice. And Sheldon said to me…‘You won’t fail because we’ll get a better actor to play you,’ ” Reiner recounted on Conan O’Brien’s speak present “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 2013.
Reiner’s present was re-cast and retitled, debuting in 1961 as “The Dick Van Dyke Show” starring Dick Van Dyke as Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore.
The game-changing present — which turned Van Dyke and Moore into family names — had a profitable five-year run on CBS from 1961 to 1966, netting Reiner 5 Emmy awards, together with three for writing the collection.
Big display screen comedies
A 12 months after “The Dick Van Dyke Show” ended, Reiner made his directorial debut in movie with the 1967 flick “Enter Laughing” based mostly off his guide, which was additionally tailored as a Broadway play.
Next up, he helmed the 1970 characteristic comedy “Where’s Poppa?” starring George Segal earlier than returning to TV with “The New Dick Van Dyke Show,” which aired on CBS from 1971 to 1974.
The comic of comedians vowed to by no means once more work for CBS in 1973 after the community refused to air an episode over a love-making scene. Reiner had known as the cancelled episode “honest, tender and meaningful,” in response to a 1973 New York Times article.
Reiner has mentioned that he nearly walked from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in its first season over censorship. “I was ready to quit,” Reiner mentioned on “Tom Green Live!” in 2014. “I didn’t have F-you money then or I would have quit.”
The Reiner-directed field workplace hit, “Oh, God!” starring George Burns got here out in 1977.
“As a kid that’s all we ever thought of when we were living in the Bronx . . . that we would some day make a motion picture,” Reiner instructed The Post in 1959.
Among the numerous highlights of Reiner’s storied profession had been directing Steve Martin within the 1979 movie “The Jerk,” the 1982 flick “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “The Man with Two Brains” in 1983, and the 1984 film “All of Me.” He additionally co-starred as con artist Saul Bloom within the 2001 blockbuster heist-thriller “Ocean’s Eleven,” in addition to its sequels.
Turning the web page
In 1953, Reiner penned his first semi-autobiographical novel “Enter Laughing.”
In his later years, an unstoppable Reiner proved he remained sharp as a tack, writing guide after guide together with the novel “NNNNN” in 2006, youngsters’s guide “Tell me a Scary Story – But Not Too Scary” in 2003, “I Just Remembered” in 2014, “Too Busy to Die” in 2017, and “The Downing of Trump,” in 2018.
He by no means stopped writing — maintaining with digital media tendencies proper up till the tip.
The legend posted the following poignant tweet on June 27: “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 Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world.”