Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.
Mr. Reiner won 9 Emmy awards for his TV work, and went on to make many successful movies and act in a few films, too.
Reiner remained in the public eye well into his 80s and 90s with roles in the popular “Ocean’s Eleven” trio of films and on TV with recurring roles on sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” and “Hot in Cleveland.” He also did voice work for shows including “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill,” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
He first came to prominence as a regular cast member of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.” He met Mel Brooks during his time with Caesar. The two went on to have a life long friendship and comedy partnership through the recurring “2000 Year Old Man” sketches.
Reiner’s wife Estelle, to whom he had been married since 1943, died in 2008. In addition to Rob Reiner, survivors include his daughter Sylvia Anne and son Lucas.
It was in the 60's he played Alan Brady, the TV boss of Rob, Sally & Buddy, the writers on "The Alan Brady Show, the show inside "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) was married to Laura, played brilliantly by Mary Tyler Moore. Check out this priceless clip of Laura going to see the cantankerous Alan Brady after she accidentally reveals...on a live TV show, that he wears a toupee.
RIP Carl Reiner, thanks for all the laughs....