The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98

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The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner has died at 98. 

The legendary Hollywood entertainer is said to have died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his family, TMZ report. 

There are no further details yet on the cause of the death of the veteran entertainer, but he had remained a very active in his later life.  

In 2018, Reiner had said he wanted to ‘stick around’ to see Donald Trump voted out of office. 

The comedian, actor, director, screenwriter and publisher had an impressive career in the entertainment business that spanned seven decades. 

Reiner was arguably best known for creating the classic American sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, that aired from 1961 to 1966 and produced a total of 158 episodes spanning five seasons. 

The show also created a star in Mary Tyler Moore who was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s TV wife.  

Reiner with Mel Brooks.

Reiner got his start in acting, performing on several Broadway musicals including Inside U.S.A and Alive and Kicking. He got his first TV break in Sid Caesar’s variety show Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he appeared on air in skits while also got the opportunity of writing with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.  

His working relationship with Mel Brooks would become fruitful, as they teamed up as a comedy duo, appearing in films such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, World (1963) and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), as well as the Ocean’s film series from 2001 to 2007. 

Reiner – who was born in The Bronx, New York City in 1922 to his Jewish immigrant parents – then went on to have great success as a film director in the 1970s and 1980s. He collaborated with Steve Martin on his movies including The Jerk (1979).

Impressively, Reiner even remained in hot demand well into his 80s and his 90s, enjoying recurring roles on hit sitcoms including Two and a Half Men and Hot in Cleveland, where he starred alongside The Golden Girls star Betty White.  

Recently, he was also an in-demand voice actor, working on popular shows including Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, and Bob’s Burgers. 

In 2017, Reiner appeared in the HBO documentary If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, alongside many of his nonagenarian peers including his comedy partner Mel Brooks and Kirk Douglas. 

The comedy legend had three children with his wife Estelle Lebost, who died in 2008, Lucas, Annie, and Rob. His son Rob Reiner went on to become a successful Hollywood film director, known for The Princess Bride (1987) and A Few Good Men (1992). 

His other children, Annie Reiner, went on to become an playwright and poet, while son Lucas Reiner is a painter and print maker. 

Written by: Daz

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