Carl Reiner, Creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ Dead at 98


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LOS ANGELES—Carl Reiner, a driving drive in American comedy as a author for television pioneer Sid Caesar, associate of Mel Brooks and creator and co-star of the basic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at age 98.

“He handed away last night time on the age of 98 of natural causes, at his house in Beverly Hills,” Reiner’s assistant Judy Nagy advised Reuters on Tuesday.

Reiner’s profession spanned seven many years and each medium from theater and recordings to tv and films, together with directing “Oh, God!,” three collaborations with Steve Martin and a task as an aged con man within the revived “Ocean’s Eleven” collection.

He was still taking voice roles in his 90s and had a key position in “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” a documentary about people who hold busy into their 90s.

Reiner is survived by three youngsters, including Rob Reiner, director of a number of hit films and recognized for enjoying Archie Bunker’s son-in-law “Meathead” in the hit TV comedy “All in the Household.” Reiner’s wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008.

Actor 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
Actor Carl Reiner and his wife Estelle pose at a premiere of the HBO documentary “If You’re Not Within the Obit, Eat Breakfast” in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Might 17, 2017. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Reiner, the Bronx-born son of a watchmaker, started in leisure as an adolescent in a touring theater troupe that performed Shakespearean performs. But his career took a decisive flip after he joined the Military Sign Corps during World Warfare Two.

Recruited right into a particular unit that put on exhibits for the troops, Reiner started writing and performing his own comedy material.

Returning to New York Metropolis after the struggle, Reiner appeared in a number of Broadway musicals, including a lead in “Name Me Mister,” before he was hired to hitch Caesar’s common TV sketch comedy collection “Your Present of Exhibits” in the 1950s.

Reiner was a part of Caesar’s ensemble of performers as well as a celebrated writing staff that included such then-unknown skills as Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.

Reiner and Brooks remained shut into their late 90s with Reiner telling USA As we speak in 2019 that they obtained together repeatedly to observe recreation exhibits and films.

Brooks joined Reiner in creating the “2,000-Yr-Previous Man” routine through which Reiner interviewed the world’s oldest dwelling man, played by Brooks, who deadpans satiric, first-person anecdotes of history in a thick Jewish accent.

By Steve Gorman