30 June 2020 16:45
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.
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 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.