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30 June 2020 16:45

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Carl Reiner dead: Comedy legend and Dick Van Dyke Show star dies aged 98

Carl Reiner, the actor and comedian behind The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died at the age of 98. Reiner died on Monday night of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California, his assistant told Variety. Throughout his career, Reiner won nine Emmy Awards, including five in the 1960s for The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the 2000s, Reiner became a part of the Ocean's film series, starring as Saul Bloom, a career con artist brought out of retirement to assist Danny Ocean's team in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen. By the 1950s, he had scored regular credits on television, including as a cast member on Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, and the comedy show Caesar's Hour.

With Mel Brooks, he developed The 2,000-Year-Old-Man comedy routine, with Brooks as the titular character and Reiner as his interviewer. Reiner had a supporting role as Alan Brady, while Van Dyke portrayed protagonist Rob Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore played Laura Petrie. His son, actor, comedian, and filmmaker Rob Reiner wrote on Twitter: "Last night my dad passed away. US showbiz publication TMZ reports that the star died on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his family. The multi-talented star created, wrote and starred in The Dick Van Dyke show and also co-wrote and directed some of Steve Martin's best-loved comedies including Man with Two Brains and The Jerk.

Born in 1922, he began his entertainment career on Broadway then appeared in comedy sketches in Sid Caesar's Your Show Of Shows, where he first worked alongside Brooks. The pair teamed up as a comic duo in 1960 and were best known for their 2000 Year Old Man double act, which eventually launched five comedy albums and an animated TV special. Reiner developed a TV series based on his own professional and personal life around the same time, which was eventually re-cast with Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in the leading roles and became The Dick Van Dyke Show. He played a major part in Martin's early career, co-writing and directing the movies The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All Of Me. Comedy legend and filmmaker Carl Reiner has died at the age of 98, his publicist confirmed to Variety. The actor and comedian, who died on Monday, was well known for his comedy partnership with Mel Brooks, and for starring in the likes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, the Ocean's Eleven film franchise, and directing various Steve Martin films, including The Jerk.

Prior to playing Bloom, the Emmy-winning actor was perhaps best known across the pond for creating, co-writing and starring in the iconic comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The show first aired in 1961 and focussed on the "behind the scenes" of a fictional comedy show, while following the show's head writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) as he liaises with both writers and stars. He also formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in the sketch "2000 Year Old Man," and went on to distinguish himself as a Hollywood triple threat, directing, writing and starring in numerous films, including Steve Martin's best known hits, Man with Two Brains and The Jerk, in addition to the likes of Where's Poppa? Rob marked his father's death on Twitter on Tuesday, writing, "Last night my dad passed away. According to TMZ the entertainer - whose showbiz career spanned seven decades - died on Monday night at his Beverley Hills home surrounded by family.

Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s. He later formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in 2000 Year Old Man where he honed his talent for writing and moved into films. Reiner co-wrote and directed some of Steve Martin's most successful comedies including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains and All of Me. He also appeared in many silver screen hits himself including the popular Ocean's film franchise as Saul Bloom. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carl Reiner, a driving force in American comedy as a writer for television pioneer Sid Caesar, partner of Mel Brooks and creator and co-star of the classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," has died. Reiner's career spanned seven decades and every medium from theater and recordings to television and movies, including directing "Oh, God!," three collaborations with Steve Martin and a role as an elderly con man in the revived "Ocean's Eleven" series.

Reiner is survived by three children, including Rob Reiner, director of several hit movies and known for playing Archie Bunker's son-in-law "Meathead" in the hit TV comedy "All in the Family." Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008. Returning to New York City after the war, Reiner appeared in several Broadway musicals, including a lead in "Call Me Mister," before he was hired to join Caesar's popular TV sketch comedy series "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s. But CBS ultimately picked up the series in 1961, after it was recast and retitled for its new star, "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Reiner, who earned several Emmys writing and producing the hit series, played the recurring role of Petrie's boss, the temperamental variety show host Alan Brady. Besides helping transform its creator and star into household names, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" launched the career of Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob Petrie's wife. He later directed George Burns in the title role of the 1977 comedy film "Oh God!" before collaborating with Steve Martin for a string of movies, including "The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and "The Man with Two Brains." FILE PHOTO - Actor Carl Reiner and his wife Estelle pose at a premiere of the HBO documentary "If You're Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast" in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. May 17, 2017.